Existing grates & a gas log

The Kirbster Posted By The Kirbster, Nov 19, 2010 at 2:23 PM

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  1. The Kirbster

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    My existing fireplace has metal grates welded into the bottom of the firebox for the logs to sit on, to let air get underneath them. Do I need to have these cut out before I install a gas log, or can it just sit on top of them if it all fits well?
     
  2. Fsappo

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    Most likley you'll need to remove them. Gas logs come with their own burners and grates which are designed to work with each other. You may get lucky though. Hard to tell until you get the log set and start tinkering. I'm assuming your not buying this log set from a fireplace dealer and having them do a safe proffesional installation?
     
  3. The Kirbster

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    Well, yes & no. I'll probably buy the log myself, but with advice from several sources. I've worked with thelocal Weatherization Assistance Program for 17 years, so combustion appliances and fireplaces are not totally foreign to me. I'm planning to try to do as much of the grunt labor myself to save on costs. When it comes down to installing, I have a friend who builds, cleans, and generally services fireplaces professionally. Aside from asking his advice thru the whole thing, I plan on having him actually do the connections, to stay legal, and make sure I'm up to code. I just thought since I had found this forum, why not glean as much knowledge as I can from here, maybe I won't look like quite as big a dummy when I go to him for advice.
     
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