Gas Fireplace Projects

Wammoth Services offers full range of services to convert your wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace as well as gas fireplace replacements.   We are happy to assist you on your journey for your new gas fireplace.

See below for our Wammoth Services Timeline for a Gas Fireplace Project

Wammoth Services Timeline

Submit Project Request Form

Your first step towards a new gas fireplace would be to submit our PROJECT REQUEST form online.  We will review your project. You may select to schedule a phone call to review your project (no charge) or simply schedule your in-home estimate appointment (for a fee which is credited back to your project).  

Please provide as much information about your project as possible.  You will be required upload a few pictures of the project site.  After the phone call review, we can schedule your in-home estimate appointment.

In-Home Estimate Appointment

Bill, our Master Gas Fitter is your certified technician for this appointment.  He will review the site, take measurements, discuss various fireplace options and if required, he will perform an interior scan of your chimney.   Unfortunately, we do not provide in-home estimates (site visits) at no charge.  However, this appointment fee is credited towards your project.  Keep in mind that you are getting more than just a sales representative for thisappointment.  You will have the qualified professional (Master Gas Fitter, Certified National Fireplace Institute Technician as well as a Certified Chimney Sweep) who will be completing your project from start to finish!  The official estimate will be emailed to you after the appointment.

Estimate Approval

When you select Wammoth Services for your project by acceptimg our estimate, there may be some required tasks that will need to be completed before installation.  They may include chimney repairs and/or liners, gas meter upgrade with your utility company (to accommodate a higher supply of gas when a new gas appliance) or any other items found during the site visit that would to be done.  In the meantime, we will send you the contract for your signature, deposit invoice, and the gas meter upgrade request that you would sign and send to the utility company.  Order placement and tentative scheduling will occur once the signed contract and deposit payment has been received.

Scheduling and Installation

Wammoth Services will coordinate the schedule for any additional appointments with you.  For DVI projects:  liner installation assessment and electrical outlet installation in the firebox.  If required, removal of the existing fireplace prior to the date of the new fireplace installation, gas line installation and the actual gas fireplace installation.  Some projects may take longer than others.  Back-up dates will be scheduled in case of inclement weather and other delays may occur (Murphy's Law). Please be aware that during peak season (October - February) and suppluy change challenges, there may be longer than normal lead times on product, inclement weather delays and schedule delays as the schedule may be booked 6-8 weeks in advance.  We will keep you posted!

County Inspection

After your project has been completed and you are cozy and warm next to your brand new gas fireplace, we will schedule the county inspection to finalize/close the county gas permit.

Selecting the right company for your project

A new gas fireplace is a considerable financial investment.  Projects vary in price - anywhere between $2,500 - $10,000+.  We strongly recommend you research and vet any professional that is hired for their 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 the required 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

Important Information

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.

Fairfax County

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer/channel-16/when-do-i-need-building-permit

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/landdevelopment/when-permit-required

Prince William County

http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/development/bd/Pages/permit-work.aspx