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Convert Decorative Fireplace to Gas Insert

8 years ago

We have a 1924 Four Square in Pittsburgh. This is the fireplace... I assume that it's originally like that, but I don't know for sure. It's tiled all the way shut. There is a gas pipe sticking up from the floor from the basement below.

I'd like to tear the tile out, put a gas insert in, and redo the surround w/ a mantel (sticking w/ the style of the house, but I'd like to get some wood in there!)

Does anyone have experience with this type of fireplace? The chimney does run up behind it, but I don't know that it's "connected". The current opening is not wide enough for the insert I'd considered, but I think we could make the opening larger just by building it out into the room a little bit.

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