Masonry FP with old gas line
In the floor of my LR FP (built in 1951) there's the stub of a gas line coming up which appears to have been placed when the FP was built, presumably as a gas starter for wood fires. Now itâs soft and rusty, and could never be used. The pipe no longer connects to the main gas line in the basement.
My question is about replacing it. It seems to me that the pipe must run through a bed of mortar below the firebrick, and so to replace it, the bed of the firebox would have to be torn up. But Iâm no expert on 1950âs masonry fireplaces.
And if it canât be replaced, does that also mean that a new gas line cannot be placed to rise up into the firebox? Iâve heard that many older masonry FPs need gas lines run through exterior walls for this reason. Iâm just trying to gauge the work needed to install a gas insert.