Advice for new LP gas log installation
I need some advice concerning installation of LP gas fire logs.
Quite frankly, I feel like I'm getting a run around from my local LP gas suppliers.
Here is what we want to accomplish:
We have a fireplace which is in good condition. We have it checked and cleaned by a chimney sweep regularly. We are tired of the trouble, smell, and mess of burning wood or the wax fire logs you get at the grocery. We want to have LP gas fire logs installed for the convenience, the aesthetics, and as a backup heat source in case the power goes out. We are all electric with a heat pump and have NO natural gas service available in our area.
So, first I contacted a LP supplier who told me to get a plumber to install the needed pipes.
I contacted the plumber, who talked to me for some time about my wishes. I really like this guy because he listened to what I want to achieve and didn't try to redesign my whole house. He advised that for my needs, periodic evening fires and maybe some supplemental heat but NOT primary heat source, having a couple of 40-50lb (RV size) gas tanks installed, instead of the huge fill on site type proposed by the LP suppliers, would make more sense. After running the gas consumption numbers, and figuring out how we would most likely use the fireplace, that made both economic and practical sense. We would use up one tank, swap it with the second tank and get an exchange delivered.
Now, after talking more with the plumber, he said that the Plumbing Inspector told him that a double regulator would be needed, and that would make the use of swappable tanks (RV class) not possible.
So, I have many conflicting stories, and need some advice on what to believe. I'm not even sure what questions to ask and who I should ask to find out what is real, and what I need to do.