One of the things we had on the "to do" list at our old house was to convert our fireplace to gas, but we never got to it. Like most people, we love the ambiance that a fire brings in the colder months, and one of the benefits of our new house is that the fireplace is in the family room where we spend most of our time. Learning from our previous experience, we knew that if we didn't make this project a priority, it might never get done.
I had my heart set on a birch log set. Unfortunetly we had to pay a premium for it because for some reason, birch gas log sets aren't very common. Of course, that just made me want one more!
After ordering the log set, we hired a plumber to run the gas line into our existing firebox.
A vented gas log set requires that the chimney damper be open at all times. For this reason, the firebox needs to have glass doors to prevent the warm air inside the house from escaping up the chimney when the fireplace isn't in use. Luckily for us, our fireplace already has glass doors so that wasn't an added expense.
After what felt like a million years the log set was finally shipped from the manufacturer to the retailer and they came out to install the logs and connect the gas line. Ta da!