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Old August 26th, 2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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I have four pre made metal wood burning boxes in my house that have gas lines running to them. From what I can find, you are not supposed to run vent free gas logs in these particular boxes. I am looking to get these working with efficient NG inserts.

If I replace the box with a direct vent fireplace, do I have to remove the entire flue piping?

Doe anyone have a recommendation for a budget friendly insert? I would like to keep the cost of the insert and fan kit around $1500 - $1800.
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You can run vent free inserts in those boxes. What is against code these days is the typical valve and match set up. You will need the pilot light set up at the bare minimum if installed professionally
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The info I found states the particular box you have should say if you can run vent free logs or not and if you can't find the info on whether or not you can, you shouldn't. Right now I have vent free logs in there and even on the lowest setting the drywall above the fireplace gets pretty hot. I don't think it's safe.
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The info I found states the particular box you have should say if you can run vent free logs or not and if you can't find the info on whether or not you can, you shouldn't. Right now I have vent free logs in there and even on the lowest setting the drywall above the fireplace gets pretty hot. I don't think it's safe.
Ahh....ok I understand now. More than likely need to install an inclusive log box outfit in place of that box. Vent free will be cheaper than punching holes into the house for vents.
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I just looked at a couple online videos for removing prefab metal wood burning fireplaces and fukc me, they all say they remove the fireplaces from the rear, meaning they remove the siding and push it out of the house and then also remove the pipe work for the chimney.

It all seems like easy work, I just don't have the damn time to do this especially not for four of them.
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