Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

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I am looking for recommendations for converting my wood burning fireplace to natural gas. I would appreciate input from any readers who have gone through the conversion process and were happy with the person or company they used, and/or materials used. Thanks!

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Zenyatta19 Nov 05, 2019 04:18 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

To the OP -Thank you for considering switching your fireplace to gas. It’s too bad your simple question brought out the wackos. Good luck with your conversion.

PitMix Nov 07, 2019 08:49 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Zenya, I let my dog post here. To offset all of the bark more wag less comments. No one should be attacking the original poster but it should be okay to offer different ideas for consideration. Otherwise they could just post their question on NextDoor, right? I wish we could all be more considerate in our comments, including me sometimes.

Zenyatta19 Nov 06, 2019 11:20 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

PIT, Negative labels? Have you read some of these comments? The OP had a basic question asking for a referral. Which turned into China’s birthing policy. Sorry if my use of the word wacko offended you. Go snuggle with your dog.

PitMix Nov 06, 2019 08:48 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Zen, why do you have to go with the negative labels? In the society we live in, almost every decision has consequences that go beyond a simple lifestyle choice. We ignore them at our peril, literally. But perhaps we are old enough so that we won't have to face the consequences. But our kids will.

RHS Nov 05, 2019 09:56 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Pitmix and others, with respect, it is not "Mother Nature" that demands this stuff from us per se. It is "Human Nature" more specifically. That is particularly our refusal to limit and control population that is overwhelming the capacity of the planet. Humans should not have to live like termites in a hill.

a-1576365049 Nov 05, 2019 06:39 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Shudder to think what the population of China would be now if not for that one child policy.

PitMix Nov 05, 2019 03:25 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

RHS, China had to get rid of their 1 child policy. It resulted in an oversupply of men because couples were selectively aborting their daughters. And now they have the same problem as all mature capitalist societies, a fast aging population that requires continued growth and expansion to support the non-productive seniors. The only thing that has saved us so far is immigration, but we are cutting that off. It's going to be a fun ride!

RHS Nov 05, 2019 12:52 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Pitmix: The present prosperity and boom in China is directly attributable to the polices that limited birthing. I think the people enjoying this are not complaining about how it came to be. Allowing religious dogma and selfish appetites and folk learning to control a political agenda leads to the dark ages and worse (Islamic State is a current horror example). We have stopped men from taking multiple wives, we have ended childhood marriages, we have allowed birth control and abortion because rational people have run the government (over time). We can hope to do more in the future.

RHS Nov 05, 2019 12:52 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Pitmix: The present prosperity and boom in China is directly attributable to the polices that limited birthing. I think the people enjoying this are not complaining about how it came to be. Allowing religious dogma and selfish appetites and folk learning to control a political agenda leads to the dark ages and worse (Islamic State is a current horror example). We have stopped men from taking multiple wives, we have ended childhood marriages, we have allowed birth control and abortion because rational people have run the government (over time). We can hope to do more in the future.

PitMix Nov 05, 2019 12:12 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

That's a slippery slope. Remember the outcry when the Chinese tried to limit their population? Almost no one thinks that anyone else should be able to control their procreativity. I know a lot of environmentalists who are choosing not to have kids but that just means the Selfmentalists will someday overwhelm the earth. Maybe a pandemic will come and do the job that we can't or won't do. But what a sad mess that will be.

pxn Nov 05, 2019 09:38 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Wood is not a fossil fuel. Coal, oil (not cooking oil), and gas (not generated by biowaste) are fossil fuels. Wood is a form of solar energy stored by trees.

jqb Nov 05, 2019 02:51 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

All energy on Earth originates from the sun. Fossil fuels are the remains of biomass (plant life, not dinosaurs as widely believed) from millions of years ago. Burning wood and burning fossil fuels both release carbon, creating CO2 in the atmosphere--a greenhouse gas that heats the atmosphere by slowing the escape of infrared radiation. Burning fossil fuels is worse because the carbon is more concentrated and because this is sequestered from millions of years ago whereas trees capture carbon from the environment, but the basic physics is the same.

CelesteBarber Nov 05, 2019 07:54 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

I recommend Total Heating and Air, located at 590 E. Guitierrez Street. Their phone number is: 805-617-4034. About six years ago, we had our very old (1927) Craftsman house fireplace converted to gas -- excellent! We have since moved to another and newer home with a gas fireplace conversion that they have serviced for us. We now also use Total Heating for our yearly central heating servicing. I would start with this reputable local company. You will be pleased.

K9karma Nov 05, 2019 07:37 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Please consider not doing this and minimizing the use of your fireplace. Both wood and natural gas are fossil fuels and the burning of them contributes to the carbon in the atmosphere that is exacerbating climate change. I used to burn my gas log and stopped several years ago when I realized it was entirely decorative and causing environmental harm without being a necessity for me

Channelfog Nov 09, 2019 03:06 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Wood is not yet a fossil fuel, that takes millions of years. Wood is Carbon neutral, and renewable as long as trees are replanted. We plant more trees than we cut. The only significant issue is proximity to neighbors who may be affected by smoke and we only have 5 houses in a half mile radius :-)

sbbeachguy Nov 05, 2019 07:06 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

We switched our family room fireplace from wood to gas logs a couple of years ago (fireplace was already plumbed for a log lighter). We used Tubular George - local, good prices, clean installation and he even swept the chimney for us. Also re-faced the doors to seal better. Doesn't use much gas, mostly decorative but puts out some heat.

JB86 Nov 05, 2019 12:54 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

No, you got it all wrong! The politically-environmentally correct thing to do is to spend $25,000 to install solar panels, ditch the gas (replacing any gas appliances of course, like F/A heater, water heater and stove, maybe another $5,000 if you shop carefully ) then install an electric simulated fire element in your fireplace. Maybe $1,000. I hear they even have some with crackling sounds. Aside from a little ozone, you then have a nice cozy, environmentally-sound fireplace. And it won't bother the neighbors. Although it might amuse them that you spent all that money.

yacht rocked Nov 05, 2019 06:38 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Clean out the ashes and install a flat screen TV, then stream a YouTube fireplace video while wearing your Patagonia down smoking jacket. Fire crackling sound optional. ;)

macpuzl Nov 04, 2019 09:09 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

SoCalGas can see the handwriting on the wall, and so they've started an astroturf group promoting the continued use of natural gas. Their talking points include the phrases "balanced energy sourcing" and "clean burning natural gas".

macpuzl Nov 05, 2019 01:33 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

https://www.kqed.org/science/1945910/socalgas-admits-funding-front-group-in-fight-for-its-future ===================================================================================== https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-08-10/socalgas-astroturf-cpuc-aliso-canyon

a-1576365049 Nov 04, 2019 06:39 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

PM2.5 is particulate matter found in wood smoke. 2.5 microns = 3% the diameter of a human hair. These lighter air particulates tend to stay in the air longer than heavier particulates such as pollen (10 micrometers) and other matter. Try and find an air purifier that cleans/treats any particles less than 3 microns in size. After burning wood and polluting ourselves and our neighbors for over 50 years, we changed to fireglass indoors and out. Santa Barbara air has enough problems now with all the increased traffic and increase in wildfires. We don't need to add to that.

Shasta Guy Nov 04, 2019 04:26 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

One November many years ago our 1940s furnace died. Our fireplace was our only source of heat for several weeks until we could get the furnace replaced. I recommend a gas insert that does not require any electricity. If we get a winter time multi-day PSPS power outage, any forced air heater will not work. Only those with fireplaces, wood or gas, will have heat in their homes. Many folks in Northern California a week ago could not heat their homes during the PSPS with outdoor temps in the 30s at night.

Shasta Guy Nov 04, 2019 09:14 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

The PSPS is the wildcard. Up north, people generally have two sources of heat: a propane/NG/electric heater, and a wood or pellet stove. Without the wood stove back up, it can get dangerously cold in homes when there are extended power failures. In SB, an extended power failure will cause discomfort but it won’t endanger your life (in most cases). If you are in a colder section of the state and it’s mandated that there be no natural gas, but instead all utilities must be electric, it will be like a death sentence to some.

mtndriver Nov 04, 2019 04:48 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

I understand they turned off the gas in many areas in Sonoma County last week, not just the power.

a-1576365049 Nov 04, 2019 03:35 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Am on wait list with reputable local plumber - they have a lot work. Wanted to this long ago, procrastination was part of the issue.

PitMix Nov 05, 2019 08:12 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

And remember to have the plumber check your line for leaks before you turn off the gas to termite tent your house. The Gas Co found a leak when they tried to turn the line back on and then it was a real scramble to get the line replaced. This is something the termite people would warn you about but in our case they didn't.

Shasta Guy Nov 05, 2019 07:00 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Last year we had to replace our gas line from the meter out on the parkway to the house. We were on a pretty long wait list with the plumber. They are very busy folks.

PitMix Nov 04, 2019 01:31 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

A chimney is a significant source of heat loss unless you use a fireplace insert, right? It acts to pull heated air out of the room and sends it up the chimney? New houses in California are not allowed to use gas due to climate change concerns- have to be all electric. I know it will be hard for fireplace lovers to give them up, but that is what mother nature is demanding from us, the ultimate sacrifice.

two abbys Nov 04, 2019 12:56 PM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Thanks for the feedback John, Coastwatch, and A662! I did realize I need a plumber, thanks. Did any of you use a local installer, and if so was it someone you would recommend?

CoastWatch Nov 04, 2019 11:37 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

I went to a company online called Starfire direct and switched to glass rocks over logs... They sell everything you need to do a conversion.

a-1576365049 Nov 04, 2019 11:35 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Check with Air Pollution Control District (APCD) to see if you get any kind of rebate. APCD had a program last year giving out (I think it was $1,000) rebates for just such a conversion. (805) 961-8800 And *thank you* for not polluting your neighborhood.

John Wiley Nov 04, 2019 11:04 AM
Converting Wood Fireplace to Gas?

I added gas to an existing wood fireplace some years ago, and found it to be a pretty easy job. Getting the gas plumbing installed was the most expensive part, but the total with burner and fake logs was quite affordable. We initially used it to start wood logs, but soon gave wood up and just left the fake logs on the grate. It saved a lot of hassle and some expense. Much more importantly though, it eliminated the considerable carcinogen load from our home and neighborhood. More recently we installed a new metal gas fireplace with tempered glass front and fan, so we still have the nice visual effect along with considerable heat output and a thermostatic remote control. It goes all Winter on a few batteries and works perfectly during power outages. Whatever route you go, if you're not going to do it yourself just find a local installer you like and trust.

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