Gas logs are a great way to enjoy a hassle-free fire. They are simple to use and don’t require the time and effort it takes to start and maintain a wood burning fire. They produce heat instantly, and best of all, you don’t have to buy, haul, chop, or store wood logs.
If you’re looking for a wood alternative that produces little to no emissions, then ventless gas logs may be the perfect option for you. Ventless gas logs don’t require any type of venting or chimney system and operate with the chimney damper closed, so all of the heat produced is circulated back into the room.
They are almost 100% efficient and come equipped with safety features to ensure the oxygen in your room won’t get depleted.
Gas logs can come in very handy during a power outage since they’re fueled by a permanent gas line and don’t require electricity to function. They are just as effective and efficient during a power outage as they are on a normal day making them a great backup heat source.
#2 Minimal Maintenance
Compared to wood burning fireplaces, gas log sets require little to no maintenance to keep them up and running.
Your gas logs will also need to be cleaned periodically to remove creosote buildup, especially if you’re using propane gas.
Over time some parts may need to be replaced on your log set, but there’s virtually no daily maintenance compared to a wood burning fireplace.
Simply turn your log set on when you’re ready to use it and switch it off when you’re done.
#3 Realistic Appearance
Gas logs offer you an extremely realistic replacement for wood logs. Some are cast from actual wood logs then hand-painted to bring out the texture, color, and pitting found in the natural wood grain and tree bark.
Vented gas log sets come with expansive ember beds made from Rockwool to add even more lifelike appeal to your hearth. Rockwool ember beds flicker and glow the same way wood embers do in a dying fire, providing the same ambiance and depth.
Gas logs burn very cleanly and don’t create any smoke or ash typically associated with burning wood.
You don’t have to tend to the fire, clean up ash, or wait for the fire to die out completely before leaving your house.
You also don’t have to keep a stockpile of wood on-hand, eliminating the possibility of termites and critters getting into your home.
#5 Cost Effective
The costs of maintaining a safe wood burning fireplace, along with the cost of wood can add up quickly.
Between wood, natural gas, and liquid propane, natural gas is typically the most affordable option.
#6 Time Saving
Not only are gas logs a cheaper way to enjoy a great fire, but they also take less time to set up and maintain.
Several hours of your day can be spent just on the process of stacking wood in the hearth, stoking the fire, waiting for it to burn down, and extinguishing it properly. You’ll also have to remove the ash once it’s cooled, which can be pretty labor-intensive and messy.
Gas logs give you the ability to enjoy a fire for any period of time, whether it’s short or long while eliminating the potential risk of hot ash and sparks escaping from the hearth area and igniting a fire.
- Gas logs are made for use in pre-existing wood burning fireplaces with functional chimneys. They should not be used in a gas fireplace unless they come with the gas fireplace or have been pre-approved by both the fireplace and gas log manufacturers to do so.
- Make sure you check the local code requirements before installing any type of gas log set in your home. Some cities and states have restrictions regarding ventless gas logs and the type of chimney required for vented sets.
- Fire is fire, whether it’s fueled by wood or gas, so you’ll still need to have fully functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.
- Have your gas logs inspected once a year to make sure the connections are tight and the gas lines and hoses are in good repair. If you have a vented set, you’ll need to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once per year.
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