Can I Convert A Gas Stove Into A Wood Burning Stove?

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Can I Convert A Gas Stove Into A Wood Burning Stove?

Converting a gas fireplace to a wood-burning stove is a great way to save money on your heating bill and reduce your carbon footprint. However, the process is not always easy (or even possible in all homes!) In this blog, we discuss all you need to know to discover whether it is possible for you to convert your gas stove into a wood-burning stove, such as a log burner or pellet burner – and how you might go about this!

 

Can I convert my gas stove?

There are many factors that will determine whether you can convert a gas stove into a wood-burning stove. These are as follows:

Building regulations - Building regulations state that if your home was built after 2007, you cannot convert the fireplace into a wood-burning stove. You also cannot convert the fireplace into an open hearth; however, you can use firebrick to fill it in and turn it into an open hearth.

 

Flue type – You will need a solid fuel flue to convert the fireplace – so if your home has a gas flue, you will not be able to convert it to a wood-burning stove.

 

Chimney - You also need a functioning chimney to convert the gas fireplace into a wood-burning stove. If your home does not have a chimney, you should consider alternative options instead.

 

Smoke control areas - If you live in a smoke control area, you will not be able to convert the fireplace into a wood-burning stove as you can only burn ‘smokeless’ fuels such as gas, anthracite, semi-anthracite and low volatile steam coal.

 

Ventilation - For the fireplace to work properly as a wood-burning stove, it needs proper ventilation. If this is not the case in your home, make sure this is rectified before trying to convert the fireplace!

 

How to convert a gas stove into a wood-burning stove 

If the gas fireplace is still functioning, the conversion to a wood-burning stove can be done relatively easily. The first step is to remove the gas fireplace and replace it with a new flue. The next step is to install the wood-burning stove and connect it to the flue. For this part, it’s important that all parts are properly sealed so that there is no leakage of smoke or heat.

 

If you're not comfortable doing this work yourself, we would always recommend consulting a professional. They will have the experience and knowledge to ensure that the conversion is done safely and correctly.

 

Are there any alternative options?

If you do decide to convert your gas fireplace into something other than a wood-burning stove, then there are many alternative options. You could choose to insulate and cover it with ceramic tiles instead of granite, replace it with an efficient stove, or even switch to an eco-fireplace that requires less maintenance and uses renewable energy sources!

 

If converting your gas fireplace to a wood-burning stove is simply not possible, there are some other options that may work – such as removing the current gas fireplace and replacing it with another type of heating source such as electric or radiant heaters.

 

We can help you through your fireplace conversion – just get in touch! Drop us an email at sales@stovesupermarket.co.uk or give us a call on 01226 816 051!

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