Wood to Gas Fireplace Conversions
Wammoth Services offers full range of services to convert your wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. We can handle your project from the installation of the new gas line to the installation of your new gas fireplace insert!
Selecting the right company for your project
A new gas fireplace is a considerable financial investment. Projects vary in price - anywhere between $1,500 - $10,000+. We strongly recommend clients research and vet any professional that is hired for your project. A legitimate company should have no issue providing the following documentation/information upon request:
- Certificate of Insurance (Liability)
- Workman’s Comp Insurance
- County Business License
- State Contractor’s License Number
Check the company’s reviews on various online resources and ask the company for testimonials from previous/existing customers. Also, obtain estimates from different companies. Not only is this a financial investment, you are putting fire in your home. Cutting corners to save a few dollars can be catastrophic.
Some things to consider:
- New or replacement gas appliances require a permit through your county/city.
- It is recommended that the contractor apply for the permit. If you are asked to pull any required permits for your project as the homeowner – you should question your contractor why they are not pulling the permit. If your contractor is qualified and licensed – there is no reason why they cannot obtain the necessary permits.
- Most counties/cities require a vent/chimney certification (based on a chimney inspection performed by a licensed professional) when pulling a gas permit for a new or replacement gas fireplace.
- Ensure your contractor is licensed and has the appropriate qualifications to obtain the necessary permits. Visit dpor.virginia.gov to verify the license status of the contractor.
- Ask if the contractor will be performing the work themselves or if they sub-contract the work to another company. If they are subcontracting the work – ask for the subcontractor’s information.
- Most gas fireplace manufacturers recommend installation by a certified technician through the National Fireplace Institute. You can verify if your technician is certified by visiting nficertified.org
When adding a new gas appliance to your home – ensure your current gas meter can provide enough gas supply for all your gas appliances. A qualified professional will complete a gas load to determine you have enough gas supply to add a new gas appliance. In some cases, you will need to contact your local gas utility to upgrade your gas meter to allow for additional gas appliances.
Pay attention to clearance to combustibles. Surrounds and mantel must meet NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines or residential building code. Failure to follow these codes/guidelines can result in a fire hazard.
Verify the technician who is installing your gas fireplace is qualified to install your new gas fireplace. Ask them to provide you with their qualifications before the installation.
Online purchase of gas fireplaces may seem cost effective. Most qualified professionals are not likely to install a fireplace that was purchased online.
Installing a gas line for “future use” is not advisable. You may think a contractor is providing you an additional benefit by providing a gas line that may be used for a future gas appliance. Remember – in order for a new gas line to be approved by the county – it must be connected to the gas appliance and the gas appliance is operating as intended.
Your county or city can answer your questions when you need a permit.
Prince William County