I'm interested in having a natural gas, vented fireplace insert installed in my existing wood-burning fireplace. Had a bad ice storm in January here in extreme Northwest Arkansas and lost heat for 3+ days. I have a couple of questions since I have never had an insert, only gas logs in a previous house that already had a gas feed and outside valve control in the floor. I will have to have a gas feed installed and also an electrical connection.
The retailers have mentioned running the extension cord for the blower out of the unit and along the fireplace and cabinets to an outlet. I do not want this ugly implementation. We do have an electrical outlet above the fire box and mantle. Is it feasible to run an electrical line down inside the firebox and connect the insert out of sight in there?
We have natural gas in the house already. The house penetration appears to be 20 feet or so up the exterior wall above the fireplace brick. What would be a “reasonable” way to run the line and penetration, along the outside brick wall? Is that ugly and safe?
Where is a reasonable place to put the gas line shutoff?
One of the retailers has an existing demo unit that appears to be the right size. The salesroom is only 1 ˝ years old and they have many other demo units so we suspect that it wasn’t used that much. Is it wise to get that one? Will they damage it during the move? What about warranty? The unit appears to be a Regency built in Canada that has a limited lifetime warranty. Do you think that it would reasonable to ask them to heavily discount the unit by say 50% and/or to throw in all installs and connections?
Your input for this newbie is appreciated.