Second Opinions - Wood Insert and Cast Iron Fireplace

osecen Posted By osecen, Jul 6, 2018 at 10:42 PM

  1. osecen

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    Hello Everyone,

    I have a situation similar to some of the people in this thread, bought a house in December 2017 in Indiana, brought a chimney sweeper and I was told I need a new chimney liner and a chimney cap and to convert open gas fireplace to wood burning one is a total of $3800. I understand my options are:

    1) doing nothing (i.e., continuing to not use the fireplace)

    Convert the gas fireplace to a wood burning fireplace AND:

    2a) having a wood burning insert installed with a smaller stainless steel liner

    2b) having a larger stainless steel liner installed so the existing open hearth fireplace can be used

    My questions are:

    If I choose 2a, how will I drop the liner through the damper? Damper opening is too small.

    Can I leave the gas burner inside to startup the fire and continue to use for wood burning?

    Here are the pictures of the chimney and fireplace:

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HAbXIAkvMly-4VTPtyNdkzEUy5yF-Zl_

    Thanks,
    Onder
     
  2. begreen

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    The damper gets removed or cut to clear the liner. If an insert is put in the gas gets capped off or removed.
     
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  3. Blazingembers7749

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    The damper does get removed but that is some sort of heat form and usually some of the back wall will need to be removed in order to fit a standard 6inch liner thru without pinching it from bending it into a s shape.
     
  4. Blazingembers7749

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    Similar to this. Just make sure to follow manufactures instructions and clearance requirements. If you have to remove the entire heatform by cutting it into managable pieces and rebuild a firebox before installing an insert.
     

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  5. bholler

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    You dont nessecarily have to rebuild anything as long as there is enough masonry left to meet code.
     
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  6. Blazingembers7749

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