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Using a gas-coal fireplace as a wood fire

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by bsnalex, 24 Dec 2016.

  1. bsnalex

    bsnalex

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    Hiya--

    I've got one of those standard gas fireplaces with the faux-coals on top. Does anyone know if it's possible to remove the "coals", cut off the gas line and use the basket for wood and simply use it as a wood fireplace?

    I would convert to a standard wood, but it seems in Britain you can only get those ancient-looking iron wood burners. Part of the appeal is the idea of an open wood fire crackling away.

    Thanks and happy Christmas
     
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    Such a conversion would not end well at all! Have you broken into the xmas sherry already?
    The heat would destroy most other things, and blacken everything else!
     
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    You can get modern looking wood burners and you can get fire backs and hearths and so on easy enough, what do you actually want?
     
  4. Open fires are only 15% efficient, so not the best things to use; and you get sparks flying out, so need a guard in place, so what started off as a great idea, slowly falls apart. Firstly, are the fire bricks etc still in place, and what's the condition of the opening; in theory, the gas fire should have been in a original fire place, so you should have a reasonably good starting point. Pictures would help.

    I'd suggest you look at log burners instead.
     
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