How to Convert a Gas Fireplace to a Pellet Fireplace
You may have an old gas fireplace in your home which you would like to turn into a pellet fireplace. A pellet fireplace uses small amounts of wood to get the fire going, and to that end, changing from gas to a pellet fireplace can be done, assuming that you have the right kind of fireplace. You will need to examine the base for your fireplace before starting, but if you have the appropriate type of fireplace, you should be able to fit the pellet into position. Getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.
Step 1 - Check the Fireplace
Before you start trying to install the pellet fireplace, you should check that it was originally intended to be used for logs, and was converted. If so, then you will have to install a chimney liner, assuming you do not already have one. You may have to cover your fireplace with a fire-proof paint in order to protect the flue and firebox from burning. Check your flue for cracks, which could be dangerous if you have pellets.
Step 2 – Remove the Gas Fireplace
The first step is to take out your old gas fireplace. You will need to turn the gas off at the main, using a clamp and a plug to prevent gas from leaking out again. Use your wrench to extract the fireplace from the pipes. Cut these down as short as you can manage, and then close off the end with a crimping tool. Make sure that the gas pipe is closed off before you do anything else. You can then install mortar around the pipe, eventually sealing it off. Take out your old fireplace and dispose of it safely.
Step 3 – Install the Pellet Fireplace
Once that is completed, you will have to fit your pellet fireplace into position. If there are any wires used with the pellet burner, you will have to fit these to nearby walls, which may involve de-installing the fireplace and then rebuilding it. If you just have a usual pellet burning device, however, you should be able to fit it closely into the firebox and leave it at that. Make sure that you have a suitable damper in the firebox, and also keep the cap of the chimney raised so that it is available for burning. You may have to screw the burner legs into position so that it cannot be moved around by accident.
Step 4 – Finishing
Before you finish the project you will have to sweep out the burner and the chimney flue. This will help keep flammable substances away from the edge of the pellets outside. Keep your fireplace clean, and sweep regularly in order to protect the pellets from sparks. Remove flammable items from around the edge of the fireplace.