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so I have this fireplace, which is wood burning, but for some reason it has a gas pipe leading under the grate. Anyway, this thing produces very little heat, unless your within a foot of it. Thinking about installing a blower to assist in getting the heat actually into the room.

Any one know anything about doing this?

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so I have this fireplace, which is wood burning, but for some reason it has a gas pipe leading under the grate. Anyway, this thing produces very little heat, unless your within a foot of it. Thinking about installing a blower to assist in getting the heat actually into the room.

Any one know anything about doing this?
if it's wood burning, the pipe is a gas starter until the logs catch fire, otherwise, you could gat a gas log to replace the pipe (but most of the heat will still go out the flue)

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if it's wood burning, the pipe is a gas starter until the logs catch fire, otherwise, you could gat a gas log to replace the pipe (but most of the heat will still go out the flue)
that is kinda what I thought, and what I used it for, but the issue is still getting the heat into the room, instead of out the flue

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and occasionally burning evidence.
this is true

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if it's wood burning, the pipe is a gas starter until the logs catch fire, otherwise, you could gat a gas log to replace the pipe (but most of the heat will still go out the flue)
This.

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moving past the gas starter, onto the blower and installation, which is the question/problem

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I have that same setup and get a lot of heat in the family room
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moving past the gas starter, onto the blower and installation, which is the question/problem
How does the particular blower work? On my gas fireplace it circulates air around the fire box and the heat that is blown into the room is radiant heat. If you simply stick a blower in the firebox, wouldn't your house end up smelling like a camp fire?

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Up to 90% of the heat is lost out the flue with a wood burning fireplace. That's why we went with a gas unit. The gas unit we have in our lakehouse will heat up our 900+ square feet in a hurry. Especially when the blower comes on. The blower kicks the heat out of the top and bottom vents on the unit.

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I dont have a blower, I was hoping someone knew something about them, installing them, how well they work, etc

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I dont have a blower, I was hoping someone knew something about them, installing them, how well they work, etc
Do you have doors that cover the fireplace? Or is it open? Some of those blowers are pretty loud.

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Do you have doors that cover the fireplace? Or is it open?
it has those mesh curtains. Underneath the fire box, there is a plug in and an opening with 3 holes

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New firebox with blower is in order. Basically pull out the old one and insert the new one. Make sure the one you buy is rated for woodburning. I would also recommend professional installation unless you dont care if you burn your shit to the ground.

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Years ago, my Mom and Dad went with a fireplace insert that burns wood pellets. Very efficicent, and puts a LOT of heat out. They used it to heat their entire house, and just set their furnace to supplement when the temperature got too low. They also have a single story ranch style, so if you've got a multi-story house, you might have different results.

Their's is something like these:

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Depending on your fireplace and firebox Heatilator makes some nice fronts that have a u shaped duct built in with a fan inside. works very nice! I installed one in my parents wood burning fireplace years ago. it would sweat you out of the house inside of 20 minutes.

I have a wood burning fireplace with gas starter in my family room, heats the first floor very nicely, I am thinking about doing some custom venting in the wall to recover more heat though. Got a few designs rolling around in my head, but it will be all custom built.




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not enough heat=not enough wood=not a big enough fire.
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