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Dear Barry: We have a gas log fireplace in our home and would like to have real wood fires. Would it be safe to remove the gas logs and burn real logs instead? –Dave

Dear Dave: Before making changes to your fireplace, you should determine the type of fixture that you have, as well as its internal condition.

If it was originally built as a wood-burning fireplace and then converted to a gas log setup, it may be possible to return to solid-fuel use.