Say you’ve got this very nice gas fireplace. It looks great in your living room and produces some gentle warmth. But you want more. More flames, more heat, more scent, more spectacle. Or maybe you’d like to save money on gas and you have some old wood lying around you want to get rid of. So you’re asking, “Can you burn wood in a gas fireplace?” Usually I like to answer homeowner questions at the end of an article – to provide some background and build up suspense before the final reveal – but I’m changing my usual formula here out of a sense of urgency. The answer to “Can you burn wood in a gas fireplace?” is a resounding NO! That is, if your setup is a true gas-only fireplace. In this type of installation, burning wood is extremely hazardous. With other kinds of gas fireplaces, you might be able to burn wood, but only under the right conditions. Find out which type of gas fireplace you own, as the first step toward safe operation. Don’t blindly take advice from your best buddy (or an anonymous online poster) who says, “Oh, my parents used to throw wood in our gas fireplace all the time.” Mom and Pop may’ve had a different kind of ...