Fireplace crystals are a great alternative to a conventional wood burning fireplace. They have a sleek, modern look, add sparkle to the room, burn clean, and don’t have to be replaced. However, changes have to be made before they can be used in a wood burning fireplace.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Crystals cannot be used in a typical wood burning fireplace because of venting issues. Wood burning fireplaces can be converted to natural gas or propane by a licensed contractor.
Fireplace crystals are made for use in a natural gas fireplace that is fully vented. Propane may be used if equipped with an on/off valve and a fire pit. Crystals may also be used in outdoor fire pits. The use of a burner pipe is required in all installations.
Crystals burn clean and last years. Fireplaces that use crystals will not need to be cleaned like a wood burning fireplace. Crystals don’t break down, so removal of ashes is not necessary.
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