Gas to Wood Insert Conversion

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gratefuldad

New Member
Apr 15, 2022
4
Alaska
I want to convert this existing gas fireplace into a wood stove insert. My question is how difficult will it be to make the conversion? I've watched some installations online where the insulated pipe is fed up the existing chimney, but I'm wondering if this retrofit will work with my existing set up that was clearly built for the gas fireplace.

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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
28,441
central pa
Chances are that is a prefab fireplace not an insert. If that is the case it means to switch over to wood you need to tear everything out and start over
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
28,441
central pa
How would I be able to clarify whether it is suitable or not (able to convert to wood insert)?
What make and model is your current unit? What does it look like outside?
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
28,441
central pa

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
4,353
Long Island NY
Note that an insert needs a masonry fireplace.

There are also zero clearance units that might be easier to legally (and safely) install, i.e. with less work.

The flue will need to be redone no matter what for a wood stove.