Vent Free Gas Log in Wood Fireplace

Masonry Fireplace originally installed for Wood Burning Only.
At some later time…
Chimney was sealed at the top and damper removed…
and a “Vent Free” Gas Fire Log set was installed …
(with no modifications to chimney other than missing damper and now open flue above smoke chamber with sealed crown)…

A Contractor hired by the Seller suggests it is OK.
I say No…
I am waiting for the Level 2 Certification…

Vent free means “vent free”! If it is really a vent free fireplace. No, chimney required.

Correct…
But when installed in an application designed to be vented…
There are variables…
both Manufacturer and Local Code applications…

I would think it should be sealed at the bottom . also

Vent free means no flue required, as already said. I can’t make heads or tails from the photo. A masonry fireplace is much safer place to use a vent free log set than a metal pre-fab type if you ask me.

That was my thought…
concern is the Chimney was abandoned …
(possibly due to a failed liner)…
sealed…
and than a vent free / unvented gas log set was installed.

Level 2 Inspection

*****Level 2 Inspections –A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. ****Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property **or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection.– When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.

There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.

Actually Not True…
A “Vent Free” installed in a “Vent Free Firebox” (while not optimal)
is better than a “Vent Free” within a …
Firebox designed and intended to be Vented…

If the Chimney was originally constructed as Unlined …

Would this install equally be acceptable in opinion?