11:39AM | 01/13/10
Member Since: 01/12/10
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Hello, new to the forum. Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a gas fireplace insert, that will still let you burn wood in the same fireplace?

I currently have a wood burning fireplace, and would like to have a gas (natural) insert put in, but was wondering if I would still be able to burn wood in it if I needed to?

I was told by several people that there are some that allow both, but have been unable to find any while searching the net.

I was thinking of keeping the wood burning option, in case we lost power, but then realized that even if it has an electric start, I should still be able to start the gas insert manually, correct? So I may not even need to keep the wasteful wood burning option.

What are everyone's thoughts?

Thanks in advance.


07:16AM | 01/15/10
Member Since: 01/12/10
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will see if I can get a make/model number. I think the previous owners left the install manual.

I would think that if I put a gas fireplace insert in my wood burning fireplace, that I would no longer be able to use it as a wood burning fireplace (How would you keep ash out of the gas burner and/or other parts?). Just my thought.

So an electric start on a gas fireplace insert is a safety feature? That I didn't know. Wouldn't that mean that if/when I bypass the electric start on my stove to cook (when we lose power), I'm doing the same thing? Same for a gas grille.

Confused but I guess it makes some sense.

Anyway, like I said originally, I was assuming that gas fireplace inserts have electronic starts (don't know for sure-never had one). I don't like the idea of electricity and gas being mixed, but it's very common.

I will keep investigating.


07:21AM | 01/15/10
Member Since: 01/12/10
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Yes, I know there is more than one machine made, that's a no-brainer. I just didn't think that the make and model of the existing wood fireplace insert mattered, except for the size.

Again, as I mentioned, I don't know anything about fireplace inserts. I was just looking for the answer to the question of whether or not I can install a gas fireplace insert, and still use the fireplace as a wood burning one as well.
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