Question

Alternatives to wood burning fireplace?

Asked by Nancy
Lafayette, CO

My home loses a large amount of heat due to a large wood burning brick fireplace. A gas insert would cost 3k. I already have an inflated chimney blocker that helps somewhat. Are there other less expensive alternatives other than sealing the whole thing up with ugly plastic?

Answer

William Fry

Answered by William Fry

Cupertino, CA

Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Construction Company

February 11, 2014

If you no longer want your wood burning fireplace, you could seal off the chimney and then make the entire fireplace area into an attractive wall. You might want to check with a local realtor and find out if homes in your area have better resale values when they have fireplaces before embarking on this project.

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