Gas fireplaces are specialised fireplaces designed to burn ceramic or artificial logs. Essentially the main benefits of using gas fireplaces (as opposed to conventional open Fires) is the fact that you do not have to replace the fuel source as the artificial logs will virtually last forever. However, there are some specialist Gas Fires that are designed to burn real wood and have a specialised fire chamber and airflow system in order to do so. Conventional gas fireplaces however do not have the capability or the design functionality to burn conventional wood.

The main reasons you cannot burn wood in a conventional gas fireplace

1. Conventional gas fireplaces are not designed to withstand the intense heat of generated by an open fire. It is important to note that certain materials such as cast-iron are heat resistant enough to withstand the temperatures created by open Fires, and standard inset Gas Fires are not made out of this materials. 2. Fire surrounds that will be used with solid fuel fires are specially created with expansion joints (a process known as slabbing) to prevent them from cracking due to the intense heat created by open fires. The conventional gas fire surround will not withstand the heat created by open fires and will crack in due time. 3. Gas fireplaces are specially created with gas jets that regulate the flow of natural gas through the fire chamber, and these gas jets are not designed to come in contact with ash or real wood. 4. Depending on the type of chimney you have it may not be appropriate for you to burn real wood in your home. A Class 1 chimney that has passed suitable inspection is suitable for use with open fires, however precast flues and class two chimneys are often not suitable for use with open fires.