If you wish your fireplace was more convenient to use, consider getting a gas insert. A gas fireplace starts up instantly and shuts down with the touch of a remote. You can enjoy a fire any time you want one, even if it's just for a few minutes. You can use your existing fireplace and just switch from burning wood to using a gas insert. Here's a look at the gas insert installation process.
Clean Out The Fireplace
The installation contractor starts by cleaning out the fireplace. All debris should be swept out, but black stains don't matter since they'll be covered by the insert. A gas insert is fairly large, and it takes up most of the room in the fireplace opening.
Install Electricity And Gas Lines
A gas insert needs electricity and a source of gas, so the installer needs to run electricity to the back of the fireplace and install an outlet. They may need to call in an electrician for this part of the gas insert installation. A plumber may need to install the gas line unless the installer is able to do so. The gas line must also enter the back of the fireplace so it's out of sight and able to connect with the insert.
Install The Vents Through The Chimney
Part of the gas insert installation takes place on your roof. A gas fireplace needs to vent to the outside. This is done by running vents down the chimney. One vent is for air intake and the other is to vent gas. These are attached to the insert and sealed with adhesive to prevent leaks.
Also, if you don't already have a carbon monoxide detector in the room, you may need to have one installed as a safety measure when using a gas fireplace.
Place The Insert In The Fireplace
When the insert is lifted to the fireplace, it is plugged in and attached to the gas line. Then it's pushed into place. The final step is to add the doors to the fireplace so you'll be able to enjoy the view of the fire. You may need to have a code inspection during different phases of the installation to make sure the electrical connection, gas line, and vents are installed properly.
The installer also performs tests on the system to make sure there are no leaks and the fireplace works as it should. Once the gas insert installation is complete, you'll be able to operate your fireplace with a remote, which is much more convenient than storing wood and building a fire the old way.