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Steps to Convert Your Wood Fireplace to a Gas Insert

If you have an old wood-burning fireplace or stove, you have likely considered converting the fireplace into a gas insert. Our advice — do it! Gas fireplaces are safer and more convenient. In a few short steps, you can have your gas fireplace on its way for installation.

Wood to Gas Fireplace Conversion

1. Start by inspecting your chimney

Make sure your chimney is clean and fully functional for a gas fireplace. A professional chimney sweep will cost around $100-$150. If your home doesn’t have a natural gas connection, and it’s available in your area, expect to pay $200-$1000 to have a gas line installed.

 2. Measure your existing fireplace opening 

Determine what size insert you’ll need by measuring the dimensions of your fireplace opening.

3. Send us a picture

Gas Fireplace Conversion

Snap a photo on your phone and send it over to us via the contact form or email. The photo will help us determine what type of insert and style will work best for your home.

We'll contact you within 2-3 business days with a quote!


Pros of Gas Fireplaces


Three Wood-to-Gas Conversion Options:

 1. Gas LogsGas Log Fireplace Conversion

The easiest type of wood-to-gas fireplace conversion. Gas logs sit inside your existing fireplace and have a gas burner. They come in vent-free and vented options. Vented gas logs send the heat up the chimney while vent-free logs vent all of the heat and exhaust into the house. Gas logs are typically more for looks than warmth. 

 2. Gas Inserts 

Gas inserts are retrofitted wood-burning fireplaces that use gas to heat the air inside the fireplace and emit the heat into the room. They are much more efficient and easier to manage than wood-burning fireplaces while also being just as productive. They are much more realistic than a gas log set. Gas inserts are the middle-priced option of the three.

Choose from Direct Vent Fireplace, Up-vent Fireplace, or Vent-Free Fireplace:

3. Built-in Gas Fireplace

Built-in gas fireplaces don’t require an existing chimney or fireplace to be installed. Similar to gas inserts, you can choose from ventless or vented fireplaces. Vented fireplaces expel heat through the wall. Gas fireplaces can be the most ornate and customized of the three types but are also the most expensive gas fireplace to install. 

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Contact Badgerland Fireplace today to convert your wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. 

Badgerland Fireplace Inc. provides the best fireplace installation, repair and maintenance services for homes and businesses in Southeastern Wisconsin including: Brookfield, Delafield, WaukeshaMilwaukee, New Berlin, Wauwatosa, Muskego, MukwonagoFranklin, Menomonee Falls, Oconomowoc, Elm Grove, Brown DeerWest Allis, Pewaukee, Glendale, Greendale, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Cudahy, River Hills, Saint Francis, Hales Corners, Sussex, Hartland, Big Bend, Eagle, and Butler.