We're recently moved to a new house with 2 fireplaces. Well... one and a half since the one in the living room isn't vented at all so a ventless is the only choice there. The unvented one is currently empty of any gas log or anything and doesn't look like it's ever been used at all. The fireplace in the family room though does have a real flu. It's metal and looks clean. There is currently a ventless gas log in there that I am considering having moved to the living room fireplace and then Id like to burn actual wood in the family room one.
Before I call someone in to move that gas log is it possible to tell if it's OK to have a real fire in there? Are there fire boxes and flues that are not rated for a real fire only a gas log? The house is only 6 years old so anything done should theoretically be up to a modern minimum code, but who knows... I dont want to move it if I can't keep using this fireplace.
And while I'm chatting about ventless inserts, do you like them and trust them? I had one of those home depot ones at a previous place and it looked nice but the regulator made such a whine that it was impossible to use it without that becoming annoying. Is that common? Or should I just put flowers in that unvented fireplace and forget about it.