I think I want to replace my pellet stove with a gas fireplace insert, the kind with the glass that puts off great heat. Is this kind of conversion recommended? Where can I find how to do it, I am not finding anything anywhere. Makes me wonder if I am better off with the pellet stove even though I want the decorative advantage of the gas fireplace.....
The first stop I would make would be at a fireplace/stove shop. Not at a big box store that sells various units but one that specializes in gas fireplaces. When you say conversion I take it that you are talking about the flue box and flue and not the stove itself. They make both vented and non-vented models but I believe the type of gas fireplace that you are referring to requires to be vented so you will need to exhaust the fireplace gas logs. If that is the case then you will need a flue to use for that venting process or create an exhaust route from insulated pipe.
pellet stoves are generally equipped with a class-II duct line... that is, cool air down and hot air up... but it will need inspection by the gas installers as pellets can burn hotter. there is a chance it might need replacement as pellets also leave residue in the line, whereas gas burners only leave CO and water.
I agree the place to start is a fireplace store. take a picture of what you have from several angles and bring them in with you.
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Pellet stove pipes are smaller than requirements of gas stoves, the whole flue needs replacement.
I've had a propane freestanding unit and I've had a pellet stove. I'll take the gas stove any day. It had a nice lazy fire with no noisy fans, and it was in a large living room and vaulted ceiling with two ceiling fans, and it would cook me out.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Re-mdlr,
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