Ask Pete: Can I Convert My Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Having an indoor fireplace in your home provides lots of benefits. But let’s be honest – a wood-burning fireplace requires a lot of care and upkeep. If you’re tired of chopping wood, hauling logs around, and caring for your fireplace, a gas fireplace is a convenient alternative. Keep reading to learn more about converting your wood fireplace to gas. 

What Pete Says

People ask me questions about making the switch to a gas fireplace all the time. Here’s everything you need to know about converting your wood-burning fireplace to gas. 

Is it Worth Converting a Wood to Gas Fireplace? 

Converting a wood fireplace to gas is worth it, depending on what you’re looking for in a fireplace. If you’re looking for a convenient option that’s relatively maintenance-free, a gas fireplace is the best choice for you. Here are some of the biggest reasons customers switch from wood to gas:

  • Cleaner home
  • No after-fire maintenance
  • No need to build a fire
  • Freedom from wood storage
  • Improved home safety 

How Much Does it Cost to Switch a Wood Fireplace to Gas?

The cost to switch a wood fireplace to gas entirely depends on where the gas lines in your house are located. Your new gas fireplace will need to be hooked up to your home’s gas line. If the gas line runs nearby, your wood-to-gas conversion will cost less than if it were farther away.

Other things that affect the price of your new gas fireplace include the type of fireplace you choose and the location of your fireplace. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can choose a vented gas insert, vented gas log, or ventless gas log. 

Wood vs. Gas Fireplace Resale Value

Buyers generally prefer a gas fireplace in a home because they’re cleaner, easier to use and maintain, and aren’t a big safety concern. A lot of homeowners say they prefer a wood-burning fireplace, but many of these people don’t understand the hassle that comes with having one. 

Wondering whether a gas fireplace will add value to your home? You’ll be happy to know that it most likely will. A survey by Angi found that 54% of realtors said that gas-burning fireplaces are one of the biggest factors in increasing a home’s value. 

Get A Free Estimate on Your Gas Fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces have considerable appeal. But a gas fireplace is easier to maintain, provides the same ambiance, and will increase your home’s value. A professional can convert your wood fireplace to gas fairly easily, especially if you already have a natural gas line running through your home. 

At Phend Plumbing, our expert plumbers serve homeowners across the Phoenix Valley area. With offices in Mesa-Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona, our family-owned business has years of experience helping homeowners and businesses install gas lines and fireplaces. We offer up-front pricing and fast, professional work. Call us at 480-388-6093 or contact us online to get a free estimate on converting your wood fireplace to gas today.