Seeking advice about kinds of fireplaces

Old 01-03-03, 11:53 AM
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Seeking advice about kinds of fireplaces

I am renovating an open 50's ranch in upstate NY. It has a fireplace that works (needs a stainless steel flue liner before I will use) but I am hoping to put in gas logs.

My question is that I would like something like gas logs that requires no maintenance most of the time but will also heat the room in the event of a power failure. Is there a gas log insert that can easily be converted to real logs if there is a power failure? Or what type of heating system can I put in the fireplace that will also look nice all of the time and not require any maintenance most of the time?

Thank you.

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Old 01-03-03, 04:22 PM
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Well, first off you have an existing fireplace which is good. When you install the new liner that will be better but wait until you decide what you are doing first.

Problem is that if you choose to install a gas fireplace or gas logs, you will not be able to convert this or use it for wood burning unless the gas controls are removed and the gas line is capped.

Other issues play into this such as flue connections, size of flue, etc. so all these things must be considered.

If the power ever went out you still have the capability to use gas. Gas logs or gas fireplaces can be operated electrically, per say but can be operated manually. Depending on what brand and model of unit you would have would determine the steps taken. If it has a pilot light that is always on, no problems. If it has an electronic ignitor, this requires electricity.

My recommendation is to take a look at the links provided, then see your local fireplace dealer and inquire with all the questions you have before buying anything. You have gas logs for show and you have gas fireplace inserts that provide heat, all must be assessed for your needs. (just click on each major brand to view)

Hope this helps!

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