Can You Convert a Ventless Fireplace to Wood Burning? Your Essential Guide from Behr Necessities

Can You Convert a Ventless Fireplace to Wood Burning? Your Essential Guide from Behr Necessities

Cozy Conversions: Trading in Glimmers for Flames

There's something special about a wood-burning fireplace. The sound of the logs crackling, the smell of burning wood, and the cozy warmth that fills the room. But what if you have a ventless fireplace at home and you're thinking of switching to wood burning? Sit back, grab your favorite hot drink, and let's dig into this topic brought to you by Behr Necessities.

Understanding Ventless Fireplaces

Ventless fireplaces are fascinating in their simplicity. They operate without the necessity for chimneys or venting systems, making them an excellent choice for modern, hassle-free homes. Using natural gas or propane as their fuel, they burn so efficiently that they produce minimal emissions, eliminating the need for an exhaust vent out of the house. This modern innovation has enabled people to enjoy the warmth of a fireplace in places where traditional wood-burning fireplaces couldn't ideally be installed. However, despite the high functionality of ventless fireplaces, there might be moments when the allure of a traditional wood fire, with its crackling sounds and nostalgic aroma, feels irresistible.

Why Go Wood?

Here's a quick look at the pros and cons of both ventless and wood-burning fireplaces:

Ventless Fireplaces

  • Efficiency: They are good at heating your space since they don't need a vent or chimney.
  • Easy Installation: Installing a ventless fireplace is much simpler than installing a wood burner. No, knocking down walls or significant changes are needed.
  • Affordable: They won't break the bank. Running one of these can be pretty cheap.
  • Low Maintenance: You won't have to deal with ashes or cleaning out a chimney.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

  • Classic Charm: The traditional fireplace look and feel— crackling logs and all.
  • Intense Heat: A wood burner can keep you warm even when the power goes out.
  • Green Energy: They can be eco-friendly, using renewable wood for fuel.
  • A Bit of Work: Getting your hands dirty is part of the deal. You'll need to handle wood and keep things clean.

Considering the Switch?

Changing from ventless to wood burning is complex. Here's what to think about:

  • Rules and Regulations: Check local building codes before you do anything. You want to make sure everything is legal and safe.
  • Chimney and Ventilation: If you switch to wood, you need the proper setup so your house doesn't fill with smoke.
  • Cost: It's an investment. Converting can cost quite a bit, but some people find it's worth it.
  • Upkeep: If you choose wood, you'll need more daily maintenance, like getting firewood and cleaning up afterward.

Do you need help with how to proceed? A professional can give you advice and help plan the conversion. The Behr Necessities team is ready to lend a hand and answer any questions.

If Going Wood Isn't for You

If converting to wood burning feels like a daunting task, don't worry. Based on the lineup featured on the Behr Necessities website, there are several alternatives you can consider:

  • Gas Fireplaces: These appliances give all the ambiance of the wood-burning variant without needing logs and clean-up. They offer high-efficiency heating and easy, convenient use.
  • Electric Fireplaces: With the advantage of flexibility and hassle-free installation, electric fireplaces are perfect for those who seek to add warmth without a significant overhaul. Plus, you can enjoy the visuals regardless of whether the heat is on or off.
  • Gas Inserts: A gas insert can be a wise move when you already have an existing fireplace and are looking for a more efficient heating method. They trap more heat and help maintain a comfortable room temperature.
  • Gas Logs: Behr Necessities offers a variety of authentic gas log sets to create an intimate ambiance instantly – with realistic flames at your command.
  • Wood Inserts: A great alternative if you're still deciding whether or not to give up on wood entirely. These enhance your fireplace's heating capacity and efficiency, making them an excellent option for keeping homes warm during chilly seasons.
  • Gas Stoves are standalone units that can provide a similar ambiance and warmth as fireplaces but in a different format.
  • Wood Stoves: Like gas stoves, wood stoves are standalone units but use wood as a primary fuel source, bringing you the traditional wood-burning ambiance.

Visit the Behr Necessities website or their showroom for more detailed advice and options tailored to your needs.


Can you switch a ventless fireplace to wood burning? Technically, yes, but it involves dealing with certain complications. It's crucial to conduct thorough research and consult professionals who understand the entire process. One such place to seek advice is at Behr Necessities. Whether it's assessing the feasibility of the switch from ventless to wood-burning or providing information on necessary modifications, the knowledgeable team at Behr Necessities is prepared to assist you. Visit our showroom, call us, or browse our website.

Regardless of your decision, Behr Necessities is always here, eager and ready to guide you through the process, and committed to helping you keep your home warm and cozy.


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