Converting Heat-N-Glo propane to wood stove- HELP!

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  1. pcs2011

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    We recently purchased a home that has a vented heat-n-glo propane fireplace in the master bedroom (see photos). We used it for most of last winter but find the cost to be too much. We used a wood stove in our previous home and could heat most of the house at very little cost.

    My Question: Could I have someone modify the heat-n-glo (basically rip out the guts) and install a small wood stove in its place? Has anyone done this? Would be glad to hear any suggestions.
    Thanks in advance,
    Pete
     

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    No, it can not be modified, it would need to be replaced including the chimney piping and you may have to get a special variance to get a wood heater approved for use in the bedroom.
     
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    Thanks for response.
    By replaced do mean the entire stone front also or just the internals?

    Go heads up on the possible variance....
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    I'm guessing this is a total demolition job. If this was my house I'd leave it be and just use it for an occasional ambiance fire. If you need good heat in that room, consider a mini-split heat pump instead.
     
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    Begreen made some very good valid points, you would be looking at ripping this apart to redo for a chimney that is rated for wood burning temperature, and more than likely installing a freestanding wood stove would be the best bet, you would be easily into the demo and install $3000-$5000 to do it right.

    Not to mention others that have had fireplaces/stoves in their bedroom say it was to hot and they woke up dehydrated. Can't turn off a wood stove with a flick of the switch like gas.
     
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