Fall is officially here! In case you need a reminder that means you have to start switching out the clothes in your closet, be bombarded by pumpkin-spice everything, and start stocking up on wood logs for your fireplace. That is unless you want to switch things up this year and convert your fireplace to gas. Southern Chimneys can help you make the switch if you’re looking to be able to use Peterson gas logs and not have to worry about stocking up. 

Converting your fireplace to gas logs is a popular choice for homeowners seeking convenience, efficiency, and cleaner burning. While wood-burning fireplaces offer nostalgic charm and the authentic crackle of burning logs, they also come with the hassle of sourcing and storing firewood, cleaning up ash and soot, and maintaining proper ventilation. Convert your fireplace to gas logs as a solution by offering the ambiance of a real fire with minimal maintenance and greater control over heat output. Here’s a detailed look at the process of converting a wood fireplace to gas logs:

  1. Assessment and Preparation: Before beginning to convert your fireplace to gas, it’s crucial to assess the condition of the existing fireplace and chimney. A professional technician should inspect the chimney for any damage or blockages and ensure it meets the requirements for gas log installation. Additionally, the fireplace itself must be structurally sound and capable of accommodating gas logs safely.
  2. Selecting Gas Logs: There are various types of gas logs available, including vented and vent-free options. Vented gas logs resemble a traditional wood fire, with flames dancing around the logs and venting the combustion gases through the chimney. Vent-free gas logs provide more heat efficiency as they retain most of the generated heat within the room. Homeowners should consider factors such as aesthetics, heat output, and local building codes when selecting logs to convert your fireplace to gas.
  3. Installing Gas Line and Burner: Installing a gas line to the fireplace requires the expertise of a licensed professional. The gas line must be properly sized and connected to a reliable gas source. A burner system compatible with the chosen gas logs is then installed within the fireplace. The burner typically includes components such as a gas control valve, igniter, thermocouple, and burner pan.
  4. Placement of Gas Logs: Once the gas line and burner are in place, the gas logs can be arranged on the burner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s essential to follow the recommended placement to ensure proper combustion and optimal flame appearance. Some gas logs come with decorative accessories like embers and rocks to enhance the realism of the fire.
  5. Testing and Safety Checks: After installation, the entire system should undergo rigorous testing to ensure proper functionality and safety. This includes checking for gas leaks, verifying ignition and flame stability, and confirming that the chimney draft is adequate for venting combustion byproducts. A carbon monoxide detector should also be installed near the fireplace to provide an additional layer of safety.
  6. Maintenance and Operation: Once you convert your fireplace to gas, maintenance requirements for the gas fireplace are relatively minimal compared to a wood-burning counterpart. Routine tasks include cleaning the burner and logs to remove dust and debris, inspecting the gas line for leaks, and scheduling periodic professional inspections to ensure continued safe operation.

In conclusion, converting your fireplace to gas logs offers homeowners a convenient and efficient alternative to traditional wood burning. By following proper installation procedures and safety protocols, homeowners can enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a fire with less hassle and maintenance. However, it’s essential to enlist the services of qualified professionals to ensure the conversion is done safely and according to local regulations.

Southern Chimneys Can Help Convert Your Fireplace to Gas Logs

This is the time of year we at Southern Chimneys get a lot of requests to convert your fireplace to gas and we can understand why. Gas fireplaces are less mess, less worry, and can be used year-round. People claim they heat the room up better too. Gas fireplaces release fewer allergens into your home and fewer pollutants into the environment. You know that creosote gunk we often talk about cleaning? That comes from burning wood!

Southern Chimneys and Peterson Gas Logs

Convert your fireplace to gas logs with Peterson Gas Logs

Southern Chimneys can come help you install gas logs. We use Peterson Gas Logs, the “cleanest, most economical, most convenient alternative to burning real wood”. These vented gas logs can be installed in your current, functioning, wood-burning fireplace. We’ll run the lines and install a gas line if needed. We’ll also determine just the right size log for your fireplace. They’ll look great in your home as all Peterson Gas Logs are crafted to look just like real wood, so you can maintain the fireplace appearance you’re used to. And, you get to use a remote control to turn on your fireplace and control the flame size, height, and strength, so there’s that extra bit of coolness. 

If you want to go over all your gas-log options, give Southern Chimneys a call. We can help you determine which type of fireplace would be best for your home and get it all ready before things get too far along into the burn season!