Electric fires have many benefits – from not producing smoke or fumes to requiring little maintenance. And they’re an effective and energy efficient way to heat your room. They also last a long time.

With plenty of design choices and easy installation, you can update to a safe and usable year-round electric fireplace. See how to remove a gas fire and surround here…

Converting from Gas to Electric

Removing your gas fire and replacing with an electric insert is quite straightforward. You’ll need to remove the existing fire, seal the gas line, and put in the electric unit. Sound easy? Remember that gas can be very dangerous and is highly inflammable so consider calling in the professionals if you’re at all concerned.

Gas Fire Surround Removal Tips

Safely removing your gas fire is essential – you need to ensure the gas valve is turned off. Take away the existing fire surround trim. Then you’ll need to uncover the metal lugs that are used to secure the surround to the chimney breast. And remove the holding screws.

If the screws are rusted into place, you can soak them in penetrating oil. Or you may have to drill them out. Wooden surrounds may be screwed directly into battens fixed to the chimney and retaining screws will need to be undone.

A bolster chisel and club hammer will be required to remove brick and stone surrounds. Metal ties may hold the structure to the wall and will need cutting as you break away the bricks around them.

Cast iron surrounds are also secured with lugs around the edges. Chip away the plaster to reveal the screws and remove them. When the surround has been freed lower it to the floor and make sure it’s out of the way.

Disconnect the gas line from the wall and fireplace and cap it. See below for instructions on how to do this carefully:

Cap the Gas Line

Capping off your gas fire line is done by:

  • Locating the gas meter
  • Finding the main valve
  • Turning the valve off
  • Removing any additional piping or fittings
  • Using steel wool to clean the pipes
  • Wrapping Teflon tape around the thread of the cap multiple times
  • Capping with the appropriate brass or black iron cap
  • Putting the threaded cap onto the gas line and tighten
  • Checking for leaks

Sealing the Fireplace Vents

Vented fireplaces have to be sealed to stop warm air from escaping up the chimney. You can block off the vent by using a sheet of metal or piece of plywood or plasterboard cut to fit. Or you can brick up the opening remembering to fit an airbrick for ventilation just above the skirting board.

And install a chimney cap at the top of the chimney to make sure the seal is air-tight.

Installing the Electric Fire

Your electric fire will need an individual power outlet. And never be plugged into an extension cord. The fire insert should fit exactly into the existing cavity. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s installation guide and follow any specific instructions.

Turn the fire on and thoroughly test all the functions and features. As soon as everything is confirmed to be working correctly you can install the surrounding trim and mantel.

Your Complete Replacement Fireplace Suite

Get a stress-free gas fire and surround removal service from a trusted fireplace installer. You can just sit back and relax while the work is done for you. From updating your existing fireplace to made-to-measure entire new units, you’ll get a solution to all of your fireplace anxieties.

With years of experience, your expert will give you impeccable advice, the right products, and an electric fireplace installation that you’ll love.