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Question DetailsAsked on 11/3/2013

We want to convert our gas fire place into wood burning. Do we need to cap our gas line to do this?

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Assuming your gas fireplace is designed and rated for wood burning, which I doubt - only the most expensive ones are, the gas flame unit is probably not rated for wood burning fireplace use. Of course, yours might be wood-burning one that had a gas burner put in it - most wood burning fireplaces can be converted to gas safely.

You will have to check manufacturer info, IF you can figure out who built it and model number. There are gas starter assemblies designed for use with wood-burning fireplaces that sit under the firegrate tht you could replace yours with. If yours has a flexible gas supply line then cannot be left in place in a wood burning environment - those units have to have a backfire preventer in them, and be made of rigid metal pipe.

As to capping the cap pipe - not only does it have to be capped OUTSIDE the firebox, but the oppenign in the firebox has to be made firetight too so heat and coals and sparks do not exit the firebox where the pipe came in - there are special metal plugs made for this purpose.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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