Consider an 'Update' for your 'Fireplace' before winter.

Reblogger C. Lloyd McKenzie
Real Estate Agent 16784

Dan Edward Phillips, Broker, Eureka CA suggests converting your wood burning fireplace  to a gas insert fireplace.  Here in New Mexico, especially in the rural areas, many people use wood burning types...I believe it would be a great idea to consider the conversion.

Original content by Dan Edward Phillips

Before the winter arrives here in Humboldt County, California with it's wind and rain, consider getting rid of the woodpile (and the wood burning fireplace that burn's the wood).

Give some consideration to converting your wood burning fireplace to a gas insert.

There are several very good reasons.

1. The wood pile attracts termites and then you bring them into the house.

2. You have to buy the wood and the cost is increasing.

3. Or you have to go get the wood.  Running and maintaining a chain saw is becoming more expensive (more so in California).  You have the cost of fuel to go get the wood and vehicle maintenance and cleaning.

4. You have to go outside at sometime to get the wood, in the rain on some days.

5. Gas heat will lower the amount of 'dust' in the house.  House cleaning becomes easier.

6.You will not have the fire hazard associated with a wood pile.

7. You will avoid the problems with getting a 'fire started'.

Give it some thought, there are some great deals this fall on fire place gas inserts. 


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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Some great tips here. I cannot think about winter yet, but probably should think about taking your advice sooner rather than later.

Aug 09, 2011 05:56 PM #1
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage - Roseville, CA
NMLS #281609

This is a great idea Lloyd.  For the right property, this can save a bunch.  I put in a new gas insert and I was able to heat the entire 3 story home with it.  The heating bill dropped considerably.  You can actually install vents with fans from the main unit to the other two floors and it's very efficient.  A great feature for resale later on.

Aug 09, 2011 06:25 PM #2
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Just not one of the problems we face in South Orange County.  We have electric or gas heating.

Aug 09, 2011 06:55 PM #3
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning C Lloyd, thank you for putting the post up again.  I appreciate it!

Aug 09, 2011 11:06 PM #4
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes

C. Lloyd,

              We here at David Weekley homes only use gas fireplaces. In addition to all of Dan's reasons another one it actually makes your home more energy efficient to have a gas buring fireplace if built correctly.

Aug 10, 2011 05:38 AM #5
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Everyone:

Thank you very much for your very thoughtful comments

Aug 10, 2011 01:07 PM #6
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