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Tired of Your Wood-Burning Fireplace? Convert to Gas!

A wood-burning fireplace brings ambiance and warmth into your home, but it requires a lot of work and upkeep to properly maintain. Many homeowners opt for a gas fireplace because of their efficiency and convenience, and we don’t blame them. If you’re tired of wood-burning fireplaces and want to convert to gas, now is the best time.

Converting to Gas

Tired of Your Wood-Burning Fireplace Convert to Gas - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweep With only a few weeks left before cool weather arrives, there is still time to convert from wood to gas. Magic Sweep sells gas fire products, and we can help you decide the best product for your home.

An growing and popular option is the gas log set. They are easy to light, control, and extinguish, and offer a great amount of heat. Ideally, if the chimney is in good shape, the logs can be placed in the existing fireplace and look as realistic as your wood fire. When gas logs are venting through existing chimney system, you can opt for yellow flame logs. They are more realistic and offer more heat. If your chimney is in disrepair, we can install blue flame logs which can burn safely indoors without affecting air quality.

Like gas logs, a gas insert is placed directly into the wood-burning fireplace to convert to gas. A professional takes specific measurements of the existing fireplace, and the new insert is retrofitted into the firebox. Once installed, the insert is piped up through the chimney so the fireplace burns safely and efficiently.

Whether your wood-burning fire is a stove or fireplace, you can convert to gas by installing a gas stove. A professional chimney sweep from Magic Sweep can help you pick out the perfectly-sized gas stove to match the heat output of your wood stove. They can even install a gas stove into your existing fireplace.

Benefits of Gas

The benefits of choosing gas never stop! Whether you choose a gas log set, stove, or insert, the possibility is endless. Choosing gas eliminates the need to cut, haul, and store firewood. There is also no ash to shovel, carry, and dispose of. There is less soot and creosote produced, and they require less professional service appointments.

Once Magic Sweep installs your new gas fire appliance, we can also service them for the life of your home! Give the professionals a call for your gas services and your installations today!

We Still Have Holiday Deals

The shopping frenzy following Thanksgiving may be over, but there are still plenty of deals to take advantage of. There may be only one Black Friday in the year, but we aim to keep our customers happy year-round. At Magic Sweep we offer expert services, the highest level of professionalism, and top-of-the-line products. It’s time our customers took advantage of one more thing—coupons!

Magic Sweep Coupons

When you are making your last-minute purchases this holiday season, you can save money on something that you really need. Just print, and present to your technician at time of service.

Save on Chimney Sweeps

A chimney sweep can typically cost between $125-$250 depending on the location, the level inspection, and the type of chimney and its condition, according to Angie’s List. These sweeps are necessary to keep your chimney working properly, and to prevent fires, malfunction, and pesky problems like a smoky or stinky fireplace. Spending the regular cost of chimney sweeps can save you money on repairs and maintenance in the long-run.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $10 on your next chimney sweep!

Save on Gas Logs

Gas logs have been growing in popularity because they are easy to install and offer a nice fire. Some log sets are designed specifically to look like the wood species of your choice. There are also vent-less gas logs that don’t even need a chimney. These are a popular option for homeowners who don’t have a chimney, or have an unsafe chimney but still want a fire. Log sets are safe, can produce a good amount of heat, and are affordable. Now they can be even more affordable.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon, and save $25 off of your purchase of gas logs.

Save on Dryer Vent Cleaning

Our deals don’t extend only to our hearth services and products. It’s our goal at Magic Sweep to keep our neighbors safe in and around the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area. This includes offering services to prevent dryer vent fires. Having your dryer vents cleaned raises efficiency in your appliance, saves you money, extends the life of your appliance, and prevents devastating fires. Dryer vent fires usually happen overnight while the family is sleeping (with the dryer running), and these fires happen most in January. Schedule your dryer vent cleaning now, and let Magic Sweep keep you safer this winter.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $10 on your dryer vent cleaning.

Save on Air Duct Cleaning

Just like a dryer vent can become filled with debris (lint), your household air ducts can become dirty with dust, pet hair, rodent droppings, moisture, and even mold. Since this is the air that circulates through your central air and heating system, a dirty system can affect the quality of the air you breathe. Having the air ducts cleaned periodically can prevent respiratory and health issues, can raise efficiency, and save you money.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $25 on your air duct cleaning.

To schedule your services today, get the expert advice of a Magic Sweep technician, shop for your dream fireplace, and more call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400.

Is It Time to Replace Your Old Fireplace with Gas Logs?

One of the least expensive ways to convert an old masonry fireplace to a gas-operated appliance, gas log sets do not require any structural changes to your fireplace. Older wood-burning masonry fireplaces can be so inefficient as well as harmful to the environment due to the amount of pollution emitted by their fires. Gas logs offer heating efficiency that is both convenient and environmentally friendly. Using a set of gas logs as a supplemental heating appliance will save you money on your winter heating bills. At Magic Sweep, we are often asked about gas logs, and we would like to share with you some information from About Home about vented gas logs.

Gas Log Fireplace Conversion - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweep

What exactly are gas logs?

Operated by either natural or propane gas, gas logs consist of burners concealed within artificial logs constructed from fired ceramic clay, molded ceramic fibers, or molded refractory cement. Designed to look as realistic as possible, gas logs provide you with the ambiance of a wood-burning fire without all of the chores involved when you burn wood. The yellow flame produced by vented gas logs may even trick people into thinking it is a wood-burning fire. When you are shopping for gas logs, you will discover there are two types: vented and vent free. Because of safety issues, Magic Sweep only sells and installs vented gas logs.

Can all old masonry fireplaces be converted to use vented gas logs?

Most traditional fireplaces can be easily converted for installation of a gas log set; however, there are some exceptions. If your chimney is damaged or has problems drawing enough air to burn wood, you will probably have to look into another venting option to be able to safely operate gas logs. If your chimney does not have these issues, Magic Sweep strongly recommends a professional cleaning by our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps to remove creosote before using your gas logs.

What are my other venting options if my chimney is damaged?

Magic Sweep can easily install a special venting pipe for your gas logs. You may want to consider direct venting, which involves installing a pipe with two layers directly above the set or through a hole in the wall behind the set. With this venting system, the outer layer of the pipe draws in outside air for combustion, and the inner layer draws out the toxic gases from combustion to the outdoors. This system greatly reduces any risk of carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases leaking inside your house from the combustion process.

Why are vent free gas logs considered to be unsafe?

With no way to directly vent toxic gases to the outside of your home, vent free gas logs run a greater risk of leaking carbon monoxide and other toxic gases into your house. While vent free gas logs do burn at a higher temperature for complete combustion, which lessens the production of carbon monoxide, and are equipped with an Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS), the operating instructions must be followed carefully and thoroughly by the homeowner. Additionally, vent free gas log sets are not legal in every area because of the possible dangers involved.

Interested in replacing your old fireplace with a gas log set? Get in touch with us at Magic Sweep to find out how we can help you with this conversion.