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Choosing a gas insert

Posted by lisa98112 (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 29, 12 at 20:51

We are looking for a gas insert to convert our wood burning fireplace. It will direct vent up the chimney with a liner. It's a small opening 32 x 23.5 inches, so that might limit the selection. There is already a gas log starter and easy access to electric.

We looked at a Regency and a Heat and Glo unit. It's not the only source of heat in the room, so I'm not that concerned about BTU's other than our clearance between the box and the wood trim on the top edge of the fireplace. We would like a thermostat remote control option.

What do people recommend and how much should we expect to pay for a more traditional unit with brick back and "wood" log set rather than the stones?

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RE: Choosing a gas insert

Your "wants/needs" list sounded exactly like ours. We just got a Fireplace Xtrordinair DVS GSR gas insert (to replace our wood burning fireplace) last week and love it! The logs look great (traditional but yet we didn't want a huge, towering stack look) and it has a wall-mountable thermostat/remote.

Our "out the door" cost including labor was $3,650. We did not upgrade the face which could have added several hundred dollars more.

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