More and more of our chimney customers are opting to convert their old wood-burning fireplace or stove into a gas-burning unit. For homeowners who still want the charm of a fireplace but no longer want to scoop ashes or deal with the hassle or expense of chopping, hauling, or purchasing logs, there are several cost-effective options available to you.

Have questions about gas logs? We’re the people to ask! Call Aelite Chimney at (815) 363-1242 now!

Have questions about gas logs? We’re the people to ask! Call Aelite Chimney at (815) 363-1242 now!

Aelite Chimney Specialties is happy to inspect your current unit and to outline your options. Owners of old homes usually opt to convert their existing fireplace opening into a gas burning unit so that they won’t have to make any structural changes, meaning their home’s original fireplace will be preserved. Also, it is often the case that older fireplaces require a lot of expensive repair work to bring them up to code. Converting to gas is often the least expensive way to get a safe working fireplace once more.

3 Options for Converting Fireplace to Gas

Every year the technology of gas-burning heating appliances evolves so that there are now more options than ever—options that produce more realistic flame patterns and that provide very real warmth. In all of the following scenarios, you’ll need to have a gas installer run a gas line to your fireplace. Each of the following options comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. To get exactly the fire you want, it’s important that you discuss with one of our technicians what your wishes are for a fireplace, whether they be for aesthetics or warmth. Your budget will also figure into the decision.

Vent-free Gas Fireplace Kit: This type of system—also known as “room vented” or “unvented”—operates with the chimney flue closed, which keeps all the heat generated inside your home.

Vented Gas Fireplace Kit: This kit uses your chimney to vent your fire’s byproducts and will most closely mimic the experience of a wood-burning fire.

Gas Log Kit: Gas logs can be used for both vented and vent-free applications.

A professional, who can ensure that your fireplace is connected properly to maximize safety, efficiency, and enjoyment, should only undertake installation of any of these systems. Do you have additional questions? Contact us here. Following installation of your gas insert or gas logs, you will be able to count on our team to maintain and service your gas fireplace throughout its life.