Convert a Direct Vent Fireplace to Wood Burning

A fireplace.
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What You'll Need
Wood burning stove
What You'll Need
Wood burning stove

A direct vent fireplace is normally a gas burning fire, however, many of these can be converted into a wood burning stove if you prefer. Wood burning stoves are becoming increasingly popular because they are an environmentally friendly method of heating your home. If you want to take a step away from our dependency on fossil fuels, then you will want to convert your gas fireplace into a wood burner. Whenever you are doing anything with a fireplace it is essential that you seek professional help to make sure that nothing dangerous happens.

Step 1 - Seek Professional Assistance

Whenever you are working on gas fires it is essential that you ask for professional help, this isn't the sort of thing that you should do by yourself. Decommissioning and removing a gas fire can be very dangerous and that's why it's essential to get a professional on hand to help you.

Your professional heating engineer will also be able to help you decide whether or not you can convert your direct vent fireplace into a log burning stove.

Step 2 - Purchase a Wood Burner

You will now need to spend time carefully choosing the right type of log burner for your requirements. It's imperative that you choose a wood burner which can be run from a vent, rather than needing a chimney. Although wood is often seen as a safer fuel than gas, there are also many dangers which can occur when burning wood.

Choose a wood burner which is capable of heating your room adequately. For this, you will need to ensure that you measure the size of the room and figure out the type of heater that you require.

Step 3 - Use a Professional Installer

A professional installer will be required to help you fit your wood burning stove correctly so that it does not put your life in danger. If wood is not burned and vented correctly, it can cause carbon monoxide. That's why it's so important that you get a professional to fit your wood burner for you.

There are lots of professional installers around, take a look in your local newspaper or phone book to find some trustworthy installers.

Step 4 - Test the Chimney

Once everything is connected, you will then need to check that the wood burner is connected correctly to the vents. A smoke bomb can be used as a way to check that the smoke is drawn out of the building. This will ensure that none of the smoke will be able to enter the room again.

If there are any problems with the vents, then you will need to correct the problems by tightening the collars around the pipes. This will ensure that smoke is drawn out of the building.

Step 5 - Light the Wood Burner

The wood burner then needs to be lit so that you can check everything is working properly and that no smoke is blowing back into the room.