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Question DetailsAsked on 11/8/2013

What are the best options for fireplaces?

We are considering converting our wood-burning log fireplace to something less labor intensive. Does switching to gas require an inspection (Piedmont says yes, Chimney company says no)?

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Check with your local building department - generally a conversion requires it be done by a licensed professional with a permit - this may be what Piedmont meant by an inspection. In almost all jurisdictions the gas piping and shutoff valve has to be installed by a licensed plumber or pipefitter, then a woodstove and gas insert company can install the gas insert from there. In most but not all jurisdictions, just plain exposed gas burners are illegal now due to the carbon monoxide risk - you generally have to install a sealed gas insert unit with separate metal flue up the chimney (or can go direct outside with some units). Most code jurisdictions have an info sheet on wood and gas stoves - commonly online at their website.

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