Fireplace - Gas / Wood? - Key Problem!
We have a problem and a couple of questions regarding the fireplace in our home.
- Question: There is a gas line with a key and gas logs, but also a 'real' chimney with a flue that opens and closes. Does this mean the fireplace can use either gas (with the gas logs) or burn 'regular' wood? So far, we have only used the gas and gas logs, which works wonderfully well since in our climate, we want holiday ambience more than heat, and the 'easy on/instant off' aspect is so convenient. So question #1 is Can we burn wood? (And if so, do we need to remove the pebbles, sand and faux ember 'fluff' on the bottom of the fireplace?)
- Problem & Question: The 'key' that turns on the gas pulled out of the fireplace. The decorative 'key' end is attached to a long square rod that fits into a square hole to turn on the gas at the other end. Except we can't seem to fit the square rod back into the hole! And it's behind 18" of cinderblock and cultured stone veneer on the front side, and firebrick and mortar on the inside. So does anyone know of any way to fit the rod back into the hole? Preferably short of demolishing the fireplace?
All help appreciated!