November 12, 2013

It Turns Out the Answer is Yes


So last week I was wondering if our gas fireplace could be converted to a wood burning fireplace. It turns out the answer is YES! There was a fireplace business on Main Street and yesterday in about an hour and for $226.65 (some of the best money we've spent in this house)  we had new screens, no gas logs, or weird pebbles, or weird cottony puffs that would fall out all over the place, a capped gas line, an inspected chimney and we were ready to burn wood!


Well you know, except we didn't have any firewood. We do however, have generous friends who just got some delivered and who filled our arms with enough wood to get us through until we can get our own delivery. Also, we don't have fireplace tools which didn't occur to me until after we had started the first fire. Turns out grill tongs will work in a pinch. Feeling happy I held on to this vintage bucket to hold our firewood, although now I have to figure out what to do with the yarn that was hiding in it which I had forgotten about. Maybe actually knit something with it? Crazy talk.


This morning we woke up to a lovely dusting of snow, Emma is home from school today enjoying an Eday (do school by computer at home day), I've brought in some comfy pillows for the bench and am thinking a cozy settee just landed at the top of my wish list and I'm contently sitting and looking through a pile of library books, listening to the crackle of real wood (!!!), smelling the wood smoke and enjoying a little breakfast. That's as good a day as I can imagine.

27 comments:

  1. Truly money well spent! There is simply nothing quite the same as a real crackling fire, is there? Enjoy!

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  2. ours is a real wood and i wish it were gas because of our allergies. can't burn real wood. bummer huh?? yours looks so cozy!! i always enjoy your nesting views in your lovely home. enjoy the day!

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  3. We have one wood burning fireplace, and one gas fireplace (in Florida!). The ideal (which a friend of mine has) is a wood burning fireplace with a gas starter. No work to get the fire going, once it is, you turn off the gas. Now THAT is something I might want to invest in. By the way the gas fireplace is a lot cleaner.

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  4. (i find myself continually trying to "like" your blog posts. that's a problem. however, i LIKE this!! yay for real wood and fire and crackling and smell!!)

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  5. Wonderful day. We have gas but just use it to start the logs burning and then we turn the gas off. Probably not the correct way but it works. Nothing like the smell of a real wood fire.

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  6. How wonderful that you were able to convert your fireplace back to wood burning.....and so quickly!! Enjoy!

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  7. What wonderful luck! Sounds absolutely perfect to me. :)

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  8. Wow!! You are one lucky gal. I would love to have a fireplace, heck I would even take a fake one! Your day sounds like it is going to be amazing. So cozy!!!
    Amy

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  9. "oh the fire is so delightful" Every year when the Christmas music starts to play I get sad because we don't have a fireplace....someday. I am so happy for you and yes, yes you need a settee to get cozy on. Great price to convert!
    Enjoy your crackle:)

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  10. Oh, so exciting! I'm a wee bit jealous, but very happy for you. That seems like a very reasonable price to me.

    xo
    Claudia

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  11. How wonderful! I would love to have a wood burning fireplace, but my husband...not so much :-(

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  12. Wow -- very cool. Had no idea you could convert back to wood burning. Your morning sounds absolutely perfect. And I'll bet you were baking something yummy too! :)

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  13. That sounds like a great idea-converting your fireplace to wood burning. I have a wood burning fireplace in my Florida home-but it is not cold enough yet so we plug in our fake logs and listen to the crackle!
    Your fireplace looks inviting!

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  14. Your fireplace looks lovely. So happy you got your wish...and so quickly too! Sounds like it was meant to be :-)

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  15. This is so inspiring. We have a fireplace here, but we've never used it because it needs to be inspected and swept and I haven't known where to start -- who to call, what will it cost, etc. etc.. But your project is such a bargain, I'm inspired to actually do some investigating. Maybe I can have my mantel built and a fire burning in the box, too!

    Speaking of library books, have you read the memoir of how the Beekman boys got started on their farm? If you haven't read it, you might give it a try. I really enjoyed it, especially as a blogger. It's funny, sad, inspiring and heartbreaking all at the same time.

    ~Angela~

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  16. Our fireplace was originally wood burning (built in 1928) and someone in the 70s thought a gas fireplace would be better. We returned it to wood burning and use it almost every night in the late fall and winter even though it isn't cold by midwest standards. It is just so cozy to sit by a fire and knit, read, play games, etc.

    Enjoy you fireplace and make friends with a contractor who will always have bits of wood to dispose of. Our friend Manny drops wood off frequently.

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  17. Sounds heavenly....love a REAL fire (as long as it is IN the fireplace) lol

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  18. I love a fireplace. Ours is downstairs and needs some upkeep. We are never down there anymore so it just sits. Just yesterday I ordered a electric heater that looks like a fireplace. Fake but maybe it will help me not miss having one. It didn't say the measurements.....it's probably tiny, hah.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love that couch as well.

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  19. I have always wanted to do this to our gas fireplace but was told that it couldn't be done...I guess that's not true. Was yours originally a wood burning fireplace that was converted to gas, and now converted back or was it built originally as a gas one? Cause if I remember correctly, your fireplace was exactly what I have...with that thin gold colored metal across the top (like a stripe). Good for you girl...so happy that you got a wood one now!

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  20. how nice and cozy! i've been enjoying some Swedish Christmas books as well :)

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  21. Oh Jen!! The perfect addition to your cottage nest. Knitting by the fire sounds like a lovely winter pursuit :)

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  22. What a great idea! I miss my wood burning stove but we are not allowed to have one due to air quality restrictions. But I do love our gas one. :) Kit

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  23. You may have already posted this, but I was wondering where you got the frame for your map over the fireplace. I stumbled upon a little boutique that was selling them and bought FOUR of various types, and Ikea, my go-to place for frames, didn't have one that fit properly. Thanks! (I love your blog, by the way).

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  24. i'm amazed at that price. i've always thought it would be much more expensive. tucking this info away for the future!

    and can we talk about your wood bucket? cute as can be. so excited that you are enjoying a real crackling fire now! :)

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  25. I'm so glad you are enjoying your new fireplace! It seems like you got it all for a very good price, too. Even better!

    ~Shanon

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