Question: I own a Mendota wood hearth wood burning furnace(fireplace) that was installed when we built our new house in 1989. Due to the cost of wood, no burning days, and the mess we would like to convert our wood burner to a gas log or a gas furnace. We have had several people look at it and because of the way they are built the installers of gas logs so that it would be very difficult, if not impossible because they would have to drill a hole in the bottom of the metal fire box. Can this stove that we currently own, be converted to a gas log or a gas furnace? How is the best way to accomplish this? Is there a conversion kit available? Please let us know about our options, as it is getting cold in Colorado and we are running out of blankets. Answer: You are correct in the conclusion that it is not designed to be converted to gas. This is true of most high-efficiency wood burning fireplaces. Unless the manufacturer has specific instructions to do do, do not convert this model.