Convert a wood burning fireplace to gas by installing a gas insert. Install the required gas lines, electrical wires and vents required for the unit. Finish the project by installing the surrounds to trim out the insert.
- Install the required electrical and gas feeds
If the existing fireplace does not have access to electricity or gas, contact the appropriate professional to install these services. Local building codes often require a licensed professional to make these installations. Check with the local building authority about the code requirements.
- Install the vents onto the insert
Most manufacturers require the installer to attach vent pipes to the unit. These vents direct any exhaust gas through the chimney and provide an outside source for the oxygen the unit requires.
- Place the insert
Remove the existing damper and ash door before sliding the insert into place. Once the insert is in the firebox, make sure you have it centered between the sides. Adjust the leveling legs to ensure the unit is level. Make the gas and electrical connections required. Install the embers into the unit.
- Attach the surrounds
The surrounds create a finished look to the project. Attach them to the unit so they extend over the edges of the brick from the wood burning fireplace.