Gas Fireplace Conversions in Washington, DC & Surrounding Areas
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If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you may rarely use it. Maybe you’d love to have a fire more often, but chopping wood and building the fire is just too time-consuming. Not to mention the mess of soot and smoke! If this sounds familiar, you should consider converting your wood fireplace to gas. At Chimney.com, we can install gas logs or a gas fireplace insert to switch your fireplace to clean, affordable natural gas. With our expert help, you’ll be able to have a roaring fire every evening at the press of a button!
To learn more about our gas fireplace conversion services in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, contact us online or give us a call at (301) 989-3300!
Why Convert Your Wood-Burning Fireplace to Gas?
Nothing quite beats the crackling magic of a wood-burning fire … but that comes at a price. To enjoy a wood fire, you must first chop or buy wood (which means you need a place to store it), haul it inside, arrange it in the fireplace, open the flue, and get the fire to catch. You’ll also need to keep adding wood as the fire burns. When you want to put out the fire, you’ll have to take care to make sure it’s truly out. Occasionally, you’ll have to clean out soot.
All of that labor goes out the door when you convert your wood-burning fireplace to gas. You can have a roaring fire going in seconds and stop it instantly whenever you want. No mess, no stress — just a beautiful fire in your fireplace!
How Can a Wood Fireplace Be Converted to Gas?
Converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas can be done in one of two ways: using gas logs or a gas insert. At Chimney.com, we perform both types of conversions and can help you determine which option is best for your home.
Requirements for Converting Your Wood Fireplace to Gas
There are two things that must be done before converting your wood fireplace to gas:
- Secure a gas source: We can install a gas line if your home doesn’t have one, or we can add a fireplace connection to your existing gas line.
- Chimney inspection: We’ll need to determine if your chimney will support the safe burning of gas. Our technician will inspect your flue. We may need to clean it out or repair any damage we find.
Converting a Wood Fireplace Using Gas Logs
Gas logs are a stack of ceramic logs that are placed directly inside your existing fireplace. They have a gas burner, and the flames come up through the logs in a realistic fashion. You can choose any kind of log design — the type of wood they are modeled after and how charred they appear can all be customized. Gas logs have a control unit in the fireplace, and most of them also come with a remote for convenience.
- Pro: Cheapest conversion option.
- Pro: Create the most realistic-looking fire.
- Con: Require far more gas than gas inserts.
- *Note: Fireplace flues need to be in good condition to safely vent byproducts produced by gas logs. All Chimney.com gas fireplace inserts include a venting kit.
Converting a Wood Fireplace Using a Gas Insert
Gas fireplace inserts are popular in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, homes. A gas insert is a metal box that fits exactly inside your existing fireplace. We essentially create a gas stove inside the opening of your fireplace. The metal box has a slightly smaller metal box inside of it. The gas insert heats the air in the space between these two boxes, then emits heat from its firebox.
- Pro: Produce a lot of heat
- Pro: Require far less gas than gas logs
- Con: Create a smaller fireplace because they are inserted inside of your existing fireplace
- Con: Far more expensive than gas logs
Why Choose Chimney.com in Washington, DC?
For more than 30 years, we’ve been providing exceptional chimney and fireplace service to homeowners in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. In every project, our goal is to complete the work on time and within budget, using only the highest quality parts available. It’s important to note that not all DC-area gas fireplace installers are created equal. We are WSSC-certified gas fitters, which allows us to service every aspect of your gas fireplace — no need to hire multiple contractors! Our skilled fireplace technicians can handle the entire project with skill and expertise, leaving you with a beautiful, clean-burning gas fireplace.
For more information about installing a gas burner, gas insert, or gas fireplace, consult with our experts at Chimney.com today. We have been serving the MD, DC, and VA area and its residents since 1989!
Gas Fireplace Conversion FAQs
How much does converting a wood fireplace using gas logs cost?
The price of gas log installation can run from $1,500 to over $3,000 depending on several factors, including the current fireplace, the need to install gas lines, product choices, and more.
How long does it take to install gas logs in a wood fireplace?
A wood fireplace conversion with gas logs can typically be completed in half a day or less.
How much does a gas fireplace insert cost?
Most gas fireplace inserts cost between $5,500 and $9,000, but costs may be lower or higher depending on your product choices. Contact us for the most accurate price estimate.
How much heat does a gas insert fireplace produce?
Gas fireplace inserts generate medium to high heat output, making them an ideal choice for heating large spaces or in colder climates.
How long does it take to install a gas fireplace insert?
Most gas fireplace insert installations take two to eight hours.
Where Are Gas Fireplace Services Available?
Our service area includes most of Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. Here’s a partial list of cities we serve.
- College Park
- Great Falls
- Chevy Chase
- Ellicott City
- West Friendship
- North Laurel
- Silver Spring
- Washington DC
Don’t see your city listed? We may still offer Gas Fireplace services in your area — contact us to inquire!
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