A Guide to Gas Logs
Do you have a wood-burning fireplace that’s too inefficient or too labor-intensive to operate? Or are you thinking of bringing a new gas heating appliance into your home? If you said yes to either question, here are some things you’ll want to know about gas log sets.
Today’s gas logs are built to look almost exactly like actual wood logs. They have the uneven shapes, simulated bark and natural wood colors that make it hard to quickly distinguish them from real logs.
What gas logs are made of
Gas logs are actually gas burners encased in realistic-looking ceramic clay, ceramic fibers or refractory cement. The set connects to a gas line and usually includes a grate to hold the logs.
Easy to use
A gas log set can easily be installed in the firebox of a wood-burning fireplace or included in a new gas fireplace. Say goodbye to chopping or buying wood logs, transporting them, storing them, hauling them into the house and then cleaning up after them. With gas, you push a button, and you’ve got real fire. When you want the fire to go out, another button push, and the fire is safely extinguished.
Variety of placement options
Different styles and sizes of gas heating appliances make them ideal for zone heating in many rooms of the home. Gas logs are wonderful accents to kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, dens and more.
Vented vs. vent-free
Vented gas logs, as the name implies, require some sort of venting system. If you’re not using them in an existing wood fireplace, you’ll have to consider how and where to run the venting. The heat produced is decent, but not as high as vent-free logs. The vent-free variety doesn’t require venting and is an excellent supplemental heating source. These types of logs are not sanctioned for use in some states.
Natural gas or propane?
Gas log sets are designed to run on either natural gas or propane. You’ll be purchasing the style made for the type of gas you have in your home. If your home doesn’t use any kind of gas, you can have a propane tank installed for much less cost than to have natural gas lines run into the home.
Although gas log sets produce real fire, they don’t contain any burning material, such as wood logs that remain very hot and dangerous even after the flames have disappeared. With a gas log fire, there’s no popping of embers and shooting of little fiery chunks out into the room.
Any gas-driven heating appliance requires far less maintenance than a wood-burning counterpart. There’s no ash to sweep up, no errant wood chips all over the floor and no flammable creosote in the chimney that requires regular cleaning.
If you’re considering a new gas log set, Chimney Solutions of Alpharetta, GA, is here to assist. We’ll discuss your particular needs and help you find just the right size and style that will make a perfect accent to your home. We’re conveniently located at 1155 McFarland 400 Drive. If you have questions about any hearth products or accessories, you can always call us at (770) 771-5501.