13 Sep Can You Burn Wood in a Gas Fireplace?
A beautiful centerpiece in almost any space, a fireplace is a special feature many homeowners appreciate. Typically sold in gas, wood-burning, and electric configurations, fireplace design and technology has grown significantly in a short period of time. If you have any nostalgia for wood-burning fireplaces, but opted for a gas fireplace in your home, you may be curious about the possibility of performing double duty. That is, burning both gas and wood in your gas fireplace. At Kozy Heat, we specialize in manufacturing some of the best gas, and wood-burning fireplaces available in the country, and are dedicated to educating our customers on all the latest technology and safety advancements in the world of fireplaces. So, can you burn wood in a gas fireplace? The answer is NO. Here is why.
A typical direct vent gas fireplace set up is only designed for the heat production and predictability of a gas fire. All our gas fireplaces models are tested in-house and with a 3rd party company to the exact same log placement and design. The testing is rigorous and designed for each specific placement of the gas logs, clearances, etc. Since wood fires burn much hotter, with heavy smoke production and varying flame intensity, you could easily start bringing harmful smoke into the home and potentially ignite the fireplace insulation. Additionally, the intense heat produced through wood burning fires could radiate into your home’s walls, and even start a house fire.
So you might be wondering, ‘With all these safety hazards, why would anyone even entertain the question of burning wood in a gas fireplace?’ The answer is a bit less cut-and-dry than you may think. Gas fireplace inserts are specialized gas fireplaces retrofitted to a non-operational wood-burning fireplace.
Where does Kozy Heat stand on this? We strongly recommend following the manual for intended use only. This means only using one of our quality gas burning, wood burning, or electric fireplaces for their intended use. Modifying a fireplace to perform a task it was not designed for can pose significant risks to health and safety. There is no need to take the risk! If you are interested in exploring our various direct vent gas fireplaces, direct vent gas fireplace inserts, wood burning fireplaces, and electric fireplaces, Kozy Heat offers the perfect solutions for your home. Find your local vendor or configure your own fireplace today!