Measuring for Gas Logs
So your interested in updating or replacing your gas logs? O'Malia's stocks a wide variety of vented and vent-free gas logs in a variety of sizes. Measuring your firebox is a simple process made easier with a printable chart, see attached. Our sales staff will use your four measurements to help you find the perfect set for your firebox.
No need to be exact. Just simply round to the next quarter of an inch and pictures are welcome but not necessary. O'Malia's will help you with everything else. As always, if you have questions us the contact us page and send us a message.
Gas is a versatile and safe fuel for a variety of products include lights, torches, firepits, grills and more. O'Malia's Living is one of the largest installers of gas lines in central Indiana. Our technicians are trained to properly install gas lines to anything in your home or backyard.
Gas is probably cheaper than what you think. As a general rule, 15 feet of gas line is approximately $400 to install. In most cases, this should be hard piped with a tracer line. In numerous instances, we have been called to job where flex is used in long lines created a whistle or hum. This can be a costly repair where the line has been buried under pavers or poured concrete. We always encourage homeowners to get at least two or three quotes when estimating the cost for a gas line and ask the key questions if the technicians will be using a trencher or hand digging. Trenchers can tear up irrigation lines at your cost. Also ask, how long have you been in business and check references online. Done right, you will save money with natural gas and find distinct beauty and charm.
Gas Grill Conversion
Converting your gas grill from propane to natural gas is common request from homeowners. Our first step is to determine if a natural gas conversion kit is readily available for the type of grill your own. The rest is easy. Budget $500 for the project if the gas line is within 15' of the gas grill.
After time, most homeowners begin to recognize the sizable cost of trading tanks plus the inconvenience of running out of gas before or during a barbecue. A permanent gas line will lower your operating costs and eliminate the need to run to the gas station or hardware store to replace your tank.
O'Malia's Living provides free in-home gas line estimates and consultations so you will know the costs up front. We also offer gas grill cleaning and service throughout central Indiana. Happy BBQ Season!
Pesky Pilot Light Problems
One of the most common fireplace questions is about the pilot light. Gas appliances need pilot lights to operate correctly. The pilot tube supplies a small amount of gas to the pilot orifice, creating a small flame to heat the tip of the thermocouple. If the orifice is clogged, the flame can't burn and the thermocouple can't send a message to the gas supply valve. If no message is received by the gas supply valve, the gas supply valve shuts off the gas supply to your fireplace. Cleaning your gas pilot tube is the answer. All you need is canned air and our reference sheet.
If you are unable to clear out any debris or cleaning isn't the answer, you may need a new thermocouple. Doityourself.com has a step-by-step guide to replacing your fireplace thermocouple.
Measuring for Gas Logs
You are interested in purchasing a new set of gas logs but are unsure where to begin? We can make it easy. First, we need to measure your firebox to determine what size of gas logs will fit. We want to make sure the logs fit in perspective to your firebox so it isn't too empty nor too cramped. It should look natural to the overall space. Using a tape measure, you will be taking four measurements. We won't worry too much about the accuracy so we can round to the nearest 1/4 inch. If you have fireplace doors, please open them.
Measure the firebox from end to end in the front. This is the first measurement. Use the nearest quarter inch. Next measure the back of the firebox. In most cases, the firebox will have a taper near the back. Now measure the height of the opening. You can use the viewing space as some fireboxes may be extend well past the fireplace doors or opening. We are only concerned about the opening height. Lastly, take a measurement of the depth. This is the space between the opening of the firebox or doors and the back of the fireplace. We have created a handy chart to record your measurements.
Bring your completed measurements to O'Malia's Living and we will provide our expert opinion on the right sizing of your new gas logs.
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