How Much Does It Cost to Convert a Fireplace to Gas?
$500 - $5,000
$500 - $5,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Published December 5, 2022Written by HomeAdvisor.
To convert a wood fireplace to gas, expect to pay between $500 and $5,000. The average cost to convert a fireplace to gas is $2,580. How much you'll pay depends on the kind of fireplace you currently have and the type of gas fire you want to replace it with. Prices also vary based on how much work needs to be done to the existing fireplace to make it safe for a gas installation.
In general terms, a fireplace conversion makes an old wood-burning fireplace safe for a gas fireplace. At a minimum, this process involves removing the fireplace damper, running electrical and gas fuel lines, and replacing or converting the firebox. You may also need to install a new vent system.
The cost of your fireplace conversion will depend heavily on the type of gas fireplace you want to convert it to. Using gas logs in an existing fireplace is the most affordable option but provides the least heat output. Converting a fireplace to a gas insert is the most costly but offers the best heat output.
|Fireplace Conversion Type
|Average Cost Range (All-In)
|Average Cost (All-In)
|Vented gas log fireplace
|$500 – $2,500
|Ventless gas log fireplace
|$1,000 – $3,000
|Cost of gas fireplace insert
|$2,000 – $5,500
Vented log fireplace conversions cost between $500 and $2,500, or an average of $1,500, including parts and labor. This is the most affordable option and is the simplest type of conversion. But it also offers the lowest heat output.
You run a gas line to the fireplace, remove the damper or weld it to be permanently open to prevent asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning, and add a grate to hold the logs. Then, you add the gas logs, sand, and other substrates—like fire glass or lava rock—and possibly an electrical line.
Ventless gas log fireplace conversion costs between $1,000 and $3,000, with most people spending around $2,000. Ventless models cost slightly more than vented ones, but they're more energy efficient and produce more heat. While the installation is similar, the damper remains permanently closed, which prevents heat from escaping along with the exhaust, which improves heat output and energy efficiency.
However, it's important to note that ventless gas fireplaces aren't permitted in every location due to safety concerns over the potential buildup of dangerous gases inside the home. So if you want to go the ventless route, you must check the regulations in your municipality.
Converting a fireplace to a gas fireplace insert costs between $2,000 and $5,500. Most homeowners spend around $3,750 for this conversion. Whether you have an existing masonry fireplace or an electric fireplace insert, converting to a gas fireplace insert is the most costly option, but it provides the most heat. Read more about electric fireplaces versus gas fireplaces here.
Depending on the existing setup, you may need to add a direct vent so the outside air can be drawn in for combustion and the exhaust is easily removable without entering your home. This is optional if you already have a chimney or natural or direct vent.
The cost of labor and materials is fairly evenly split on standard conversions. However, labor costs will increase significantly if you need a lot of work done to make the conversion safe.
Gas fireplace materials start from just $150 if you're going for a simple gas log installation. But if you're going for a fancy gas fireplace insert with a large viewing area, LED flames, Wi-Fi, or smart home compatibility with a remote control, you can pay $5,000 or more.
The labor costs for fireplace conversions vary significantly. You can pay as little as $200 for adding vented gas logs to a fireplace with a vent and a gas line already in place. However, if your fireplace needs significant repairs or construction—such as paying for chimney repair costs or adding a direct vent—or you want a lot of custom work to make a real feature of your fireplace, you could pay up to $10,000.
Aside from the type of fireplace you're converting to, a range of other factors can impact the cost of installing a fireplace. Whether you need a natural gas line, direct vent, or any repairs to the existing vent or chimney, this will add to the project total.
Installing a natural gas line costs between $200 and $1,000, depending on how far the line has to travel. It costs approximately $15 to $25 per linear foot, including parts and labor. You'll need a natural gas line if you're converting a wood or electric fireplace into a gas fireplace, as you'll need a way to transport the fuel from the gas main to your fireplace.
Before you change the fireplace, you should have the chimney cleaned and inspected. Hiring a chimney sweep costs between $130 and $370, while a chimney inspection costs between $300 and $600. This removes any potentially harmful buildup, such as soot and creosote.
An inspection also checks for damage or any potential issues that'll require repair. Chimney repair costs approximately $160 to $750, depending on the issue. If the chimney is in severe disrepair, you can have it removed. Removing a chimney costs around $500 to $7,500.
If you're going for a ventless gas fireplace, you won't need to worry about vents. But if you're converting a fireplace that doesn't already have a chimney in good repair and you're going for a vented option, you'll need to have a direct vent installed. Installing a direct vent costs up to $3,000, depending on how far the vent system has to travel.
Many customization options can cost as little as $100 to $5,000 or more. For example, painting an existing surround starts at about $100, while a stone veneer fireplace costs around $2,500 to $10,000.
Take a look at some of the most common fireplace customizations:
Fireplace blower: costs around $100–$1,500 and pushes out hot air to improve efficiency
Fireplace mantle: costs around $500–$1,200 and adds practicality and style to the fireplace
Fireplace surround: costs around $500–$1,000 and enhances the appearance of the fireplace and adds character
Converting a fireplace to gas isn't a DIY job. You'll need to hire a local gas fireplace installer. Most states require any work involving natural gas to be undertaken only by a certified and licensed professional.
Don’t attempt this job on your own. Installing a fireplace incorrectly is dangerous, and the fireplace, vent, and fuel line all require proper, professional installation.
Yes, it's worth converting a wood fireplace to gas. One of the main benefits of converting a wood fireplace to gas is convenience. Gas fireplaces don't need cleaning out, and you can turn them on with the press of a button. Safety is another advantage. If the gas fireplace is installed correctly, they have a safety shutoff valve that prevents leaks. They're also more energy efficient.
You don't technically need a chimney for a gas fireplace. However, if you go with the safer vented option, you need a direct vent or another venting system that draws in external air for combustion and expels the exhaust. If you have an existing chimney, you can use this as the vent as long as it's appropriately lined. Installing a chimney liner costs around $630 to $7,000.
Yes, a gas fireplace will still work during a power outage. Gas fireplaces with a vertical pilot don't require electricity for the pilot flame to start. New gas fireplace models may use an intermittent pilot ignition system. These types of fireplaces generally need a power supply to light, but most have a backup system in case of a power outage.