gas log set

Old 10-14-02, 12:09 PM
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gas log set

We want to convert our existing woodburning FP into gas. We were looking at vented gas log sets (not full inserts) which run about $1000 installed. I heard alot of bad things about vent-free and didn't want to go that way, until I got the idea that maybe a vent-free log set used vented (existing flue) would be the same thing as that vented set. The vent-free I can get at the local home improvement place and do the installation myself, saving over half the cost.
What do you think? Would that get us a vented log set up just like the ones at the expensive fireplace stores without the problems of vent-free?
Old 10-14-02, 12:32 PM
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Hello stefk. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

I personally do not recommend using any unvented appliance. This also includes gas log sets, even if the log set is placed inside the fireplace.

The unvented log set may work fine at the current time of installation, if installed correctly. However, things change without awareness. A forgotten closed dampner as an example.

If there is a set that is vented and can be vented with a flue pipe all or part of the way up the existing chimmney/flue, this unit offers far better venting assurance than a not vented unit simply set in a fireplace.

Check with the building and safety department in your area for rules and codes as they pertain to the installation your planning to make. Often times the cost of professional installation is worth the price over carbon monoxide illness or death.

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