Gas Fireplace Inserts

I was considering getting my mom a gas fireplace to put in her living room.. She never uses the chimney and I think she would like a fire. The little heater puts out some heat, and it projects flames” up on the black back of the fireplace. In general, gas fireplaces cost about 17 cents to 24 cents per hour to operate. It was as if there was not enough gas coming out of the pilot light opening to stay lit. Weird… Maybe the gas valve was stuck closed for some reason and just needed a little prodding. I hope you enjoy this virtual fireplace as much as I do , when my real fireplace broke I used it all the time.

A gas insert is a complete metal firebox that has an internal burner system and comes with its own proprietary logs. Now that you know that about me, it’s no surprise that a little over a week ago I decided I wanted a fireplace in my home. Since neither pilot light would light, I had some Emory cloth and just cleaned up the bedroom fireplace log thermal couple and pile! Talk to your insert dealer about the size of your existing fireplace and what heating capacity you can expect from an insert. We’re on the high plains as well, although a state away, and have no easy access to (cheap/free) wood.

Prior to shipping to your Regency dealer, every fireplace is put through a sequence of safety checks and quality assurance tests to ensure your Regency fireplace is safe and reliable. I got the biggest insert available and it is only rated at 20,000 btu, so I’d have to say your system rated at 40,000 btu is grossly overstated. Then apply a pencil-width bead of sealant to the starting collar of the fireplace. The fireplace we’re using, and the type we recommend, is a direct-vent fireplace.

Another important element of your search for the perfect insert is the style of the glass door and the viewing area. Obviously you’re getting gas through the valve, or the pilot wouldn’t light at all. If you prefer to install your own wood stove or insert, be aware that insert installation is a quicker, more simple process. These come in a variety of different styles, but no matter which style of insert you choose, it will typically resemble a metal box and should fit squarely into the center of your old fireplace. Firebrick is easily drilled, you could put the cord through the side of the fireplace.

It went together really easily, and though we are both novices at this sort of thing, after wood filler and paint it looked of the nicer features is that it isn’t permanent. The installers didn’t get a permit and I didn’t realize you needed one until I started researching their install the other day. Unfortunately for last 15 or so years in WA state any wood burning appliance has to be ‘certified’ (meaning the state gets a big cut of the inflated cost).

The help you receive from using them more than a pleasing brick laid fireplace is the lower cost, the more efficient electricity, and the fact that they are less dangerous. One big advantage gas inserts hold over the woodburning models is the ability to control the fire with a remote control. Since our wood stove is going to be a part of our everyday survival,” we really wanted something as low maintenance as possible.fireplace insert diy

Before installing an insert or wood stove, hire a professional to clean and inspect your chimney. Another option might be to route the cable in conduit around the veneer surround to the side against the cabinet, then under the surround before the hearth is installed. Please be sure to check availability in your area before making the decision to go with a pellet insert. Her husband, Frank, did a beautiful job reducing the mass and making the fireplace a gorgeous focal point in the room. It may be best to hire a professional to remove the gas fireplace to ensure it’s decommissioned properly.

The glass on your Regency gas fireplace should only be removed when the fire is turned off and the unit has cooled down to room temperature. You will turn your old, drafty masonry fireplace into an aesthetically-pleasing, efficient heat source. This fireplace has received lots of attention since being pictured in my post on our family room renovation I was thrilled when my family room was featured on Apartment Therapy. A pellet insert can go into a prefabricated fireplace—one with a metal firebox (a wood-burning insert is for a masonry fireplace only).

They claim that having a fireplace operating actually makes your house colder instead of warmer. If there is no gas line already piped to the fireplace, this will need to be done by a plumber regardless of whether you decide upon a gas log or a gas insert. I am unfortunately ���� not afraid to try almost any repair but had stayed away from the fireplace since it was such a cramped work space.

Most consumers who purchase inserts go the woodburning route, but gas and pellet inserts are gaining in popularity. Steve, Thank-you for your very informative blog, we have a Vermont Castings propane stove and every year I have this problem, either the pilot light refuses to stay lit or the burner will not start, our electric furnace went out today so tried to fire the stove. Our biggest transformation of all has been our DIY statement-making faux fireplace that we accomplished for less than $600. The heavy pilasters provide some nice weight to the fireplace and the tile ties in beautifully with the paint.

I’ve replaced my thermocouple in the gas fireplace (not too hard) but the pilot light still will not light at all. We very carefully masked around the glass so we did not get any overspray on the glass panes in the fireplace. Last night I turned on the basement fireplace for the first time this winter and it smelled pretty weird for a while and then it shut off on its own. When the venting is complete, double-check to make sure the fireplace unit is in the right place and construct the surround (Photos 13 – 17). Did it all ourselves and it’s as good if not a better install than they would have done.

If we ever decide to rip up the carpet one day and put in wood floors, it can be done with a box cutter and quarter round at the base of the hearth. Let me just state for the record that I am totally okay with people disagreeing with our choice to remove the stone from our fireplace though you should know that it had been badly sealed and was shiny and discolored. Buy 120-degree metal bead for angles greater than 90 degrees and special fillable L-bead to finish the drywall edge against the fireplace.

The flames look fairly realistic for an electric fireplace and it puts out a lot of heat when needed. We did a quick online search and found there were several stores in our area that sold electric fireplaces. This fireplace is perfect for the room we are using it in. That being said, it’s just a great fireplace altogether. When installing an insert into a fireplace the size of an insert’s firebox is smaller than that of the masonry firebox, so the existing masonry flue may now be disproportionately large. He then glues round wood cuts about two inches thick in different sizes to the board, making it look like he has wood for days stacked in his fireplace.

I had them cleaned and inspected at one point in thinking about an insert (and because parts of both chimneys had to be rebuilt were missing caps, had to be repointed, etc.). But 5k or so is just more than I can spend on the project – but if I could DIY for $1000 or so that would be worth considering. I nailed them from the inside of the firebox since the electric insert would cover those holes.

By sliding the lid across slightly, you can regulate the size of flame, the heat output (2-2.5 kW) and the burning time (2.5-4 h). There’s a federal tax credit available until the end of 2011 for fireplace inserts that burn wood, pellets or other biomass fuels, and are at least 75% efficient. Fireplaces have come a very, very long way With modern technology, traditional wood burning fireplaces have become outdated. Relocate electrical boxes as needed and run a new electrical line if you intend to install the optional fan or remote control. Fine-tune the position and levelness of the fireplace and screw the platform to the floor.

We do have a variety of sizes available across the wood, gas and pellet spectrum, so chances are we will be able to find one that will work for you. So, this DIY-er decided he’d build a decorative insert, to keep his fireplace looking festive during the summer months. My hope with this was that way it didn’t start to turn crazy colors from the wood being inside or getting old!

Every Regency gas fireplace, insert and stove is equipped with safety features such as a 100% fail-safe shut-off valve. When installing fireplace inserts or free standing stoves, always observe all code and safety requirements. I have been trying to troubleshoot if it was the thermopile or thermocouple on my gas fireplace and your information saved the day.

Gas fireplaces are undeniably cleaner than wood burning ones, but they aren’t without maintenance either. If you’re replacing a wood burning fireplace, you’ll need to take a flue liner and slowly slide it down through your chimney to fully remove the damper. While many homeowners with masonry fireplaces install a gas log set, a gas insert is actually a better option if the goals are heat and efficiency. Please take a look at our fireplace remodeling book for design ideas and concepts.