Nothing beats the convenience of Gas Logs. To achieve a successful wood fire, approximately 3 hours needs to be set aside between the setup, actual burn time, and cleanup of the ash afterward. With Gas Logs, there is no such maintenance required. If you want to turn on your Gas Logs while your family watches a movie, it’s as simple as opening a valve, or even using a remote to control your Gas Logs right from the comfort of your cozy couch. When you are done, simply shut the Gas Logs down, without worrying about any mess or cleanup.
Leaving the house on short notice is difficult with a wood burning fireplace, since they need to be tended to. It would generally be unwise to leave a wood fire unattended for fear of sparks or hot ash exiting the hearth area. With a Gas Log installation, there are no similar worries associated. Again, simply turn the logs off when you need to. Additionally, people who don’t enjoy the smell of a wood fueled fire can now enjoy a living room free from smoke related odor.
Wood obviously represents the main costs associated with operating a fireplace in the traditional manner. Wood can be costly to purchase. Costs rise even more when firewood needs to be delivered, stored or even chopped. There are other factors that increase the cost of a maintaining a safe wood burning fireplace. Chimneys will need to be cleaned more often with a wood fire. In either case, your chimney should be inspected periodically.
In recent studies gauging the hourly costs between traditional wood burning fireplaces and the industry’s leading gas log sets, there was a clear winner: Gas Logs. In the comparison, seasoned hardwood was burned at a rate of 18-32 lbs per hour. The Gas logs used were R.H. Peterson brand logs, just one of the many vendors carried here at WoodlandDirect.com. Gas costs were sampled from a number of gas utilities spanning the entire United States. From the 15 sites sampled, Gas Logs afforded a saving of just over 40% on average.
Gas Logs can be considered a green choice in the fireplace market. Gas burns very clean, and emits no particulate matter that can hurt the environment. Emissions as a whole are 35-40% lower from gas fueled fireplaces.
Another issue with wood that may go unnoticed is the problem of pests. If wood is stacked and stored improperly, your wood pile could end up being a favorite spot for termites or rodents. Bringing your wood into the house could serve as a means of entry for these and other pests.
Gas logs can also be used as a backup to your furnace or emergency heat source. Gas systems generally operate mechanically, and will be available to use even in the case of a power outage. Ventless Gas Log Sets are especially well suited for this purpose. They burn with nearly 100% efficiency and can operate with the chimney damper closed. This allows nearly all of the heat output to be circulated back into the room.