How Do I Go About Installing a Gas Fireplace?

If you grew up in Walla Walla, WA, you might remember your dad tossing a few logs into your family’s fireplace on a cold winter’s evening. Today, you’re all grown up with a family of your own. Even though you’re accustomed to more modern heating methods, you still miss the warmth and ambiance that only comes from a fireplace. One of the easiest ways to acquire this simple pleasure is to have your contractor install a direct-vent, gas fireplace during your new home construction process. If you’re already settled into your home, you can install one with the help of an experienced HVAC professional. Here’s how.

You’ll need wood framing and drywall supplies as well as a circular saw, a drill and a few other hand tools to complete the project. Here are some other materials that you’ll have to pick up at the hardware store:

  • Vent piping
  • Silicone caulking for high heat
  • Heat shield flashing
  • Interior firestop
  • Joint compound
  • Metal nail plates
  • Corner beads

After deciding on an excellent location for your room’s particular focal point, you’ll likely want to contact an HVAC technician at Young’s Heating & Cooling to identify the route for your gas line that will fuel the fireplace. If you plan to install a gas fireplace that has a blower, you’ll need them to connect electrical wiring to the fireplace as well. The experts at Young’s Heating & Cooling can work with you to choose the right fireplace insert for your project and advise you about any city building permits that you’ll need before starting work.

After ordering your fireplace and vent components, you’ll need to locate a place for the new fireplace’s vent system. Usually, a gas fireplace is vented through a home’s wall. You’ll need to establish a spot between any studs in your wall and cut a space for the vent that leads outdoors. Avoid cutting wiring that may be behind your walls. After running the vent pipes through the exterior wall and building the fireplace platform, the gas and electric lines should be connected. Make sure to follow the fireplace manufacturer’s instructions for your particular unit. You will then construct your fireplace frame from your lumber and drywall materials. While the frame is mostly considered decorative in nature, it should be fastened to studs in your interior wall. You can get ideas and detailed plans for gas fireplace surrounds through simple internet searches.

This type of do-it-yourself project results in beauty and personal satisfaction when done right. At Young’s Heating & Cooling, we’ve helped many of our clients to get their ideal gas fireplaces while meeting local building codes. Give us a call today for a cozy, new fireplace next winter.