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Converting Gas Fireplace to Wood

Posted by Sully on December 16th, 2002 11:09 PM

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Has anyone ever heard of someone converting a gas fireplace to traditional wood burning? We bought our house about 1 1/2 ago and it has a beautiful masoned fireplace with huge oak bookcases on either side in the great room. I believe it is a Majestic fireplace with the gas burner and (lava?) logs on it. We just turn the gas on, light it and its done. The only problem is it doesn't put out much heat. It certainly doesn't warm the great room which has cath. ceilings and an open balcony to the hallway above. The ceiling fans doesn't help. A friend of mine, who has the same FP with a gas starter suggested I convert it and assured me it is already designed for wood burning (no need to change anything). But I'm thinking I'll want the gas back after a season of buying and hauling wood. Is this a common thing to do? Will I regret it? Is installing a fan in the FP a better alternative? Is that easy to put in and will it help a gas flame warm a room like that? Thanks for any opinions.

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