A common request is how to convert my wood fireplace or firepit to gas. While not as common, we do also have homeowners seeking to go from gas to wood. Both situations are possible for a cost less than what most homeowners budget for. Beginning with the firebox, we first determine if we are working with a masonry or metal box. Next is to determine the run for the gas line. We will test the gas pressure and consider the home systems and structure to design a plan for running the gas line.
We always recommend a homeowner get at least two quotes for a gas run. You want to look at the price but also ask questions about what type of pipe will plumbed, where will you tap off from for the gas line, and what is the path you will take the line. The gas pressure is important. You want your fireplace to have enough pressure to have nice, vibrant flames. In general, fifteen feet of gas line should be around $400, and the total cost of the project with gas logs and burner can run as low as $800.
Challenges to the installation include inserts and thick masonry walls. An insert is manufactured for a specific fuel and cannot be converted. In all cases, it must be removed. The cost of removal can be several hundred dollars depending on the complexity and size. If the insert has been stoned or tiled over, this would come down as well potentially creating additional costs for the homeowner. Thick masonry walls can often be overcome but may require specialized tools.
Ultimately, the project begins with a visit to the home. We will look at the existing configuration, determine the gas line run and then begin to price out the project. In most cases, the family enjoys coming by the showroom to look at a variety of gas log options as they differ in heat output as well as shapes, colors and sizes. You can also choose your valve. The most common is a simple key valve but remotes and safety pilots are options as well. A gas conversion is one of our most-highest rated projects. You will love the convenience of gas!