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Gas Logs Education Center
Gas vs Wood
Few pleasures in this world rival the nostalgic value of a Fireplace: the deep crackle of hard wood, an aromatic smell of freshly split timber, and radiant heat enjoyed on a cold winter night. Without question, the Hearth and Mantle serve as means of comfort and family function.
What Are Gas Logs?
The Gas Log has proven itself in fireplace Efficiency , Safety, and Reliability. Gone are the days of Chimney Sweeps and Ash Dumps. With a flick of a Switch, press of a Remote, or turn of a Gas Key, you too can experience the convenience of Gas Fireplace Logs. Like the bricks used in many conventional wall mounted gas heaters, the logs are made of materials that are fire resistant and hold up well for an extended period of time. They are often made of a combination of metals with synthetic agents that help to create the appearance of cut wood logs, but are able to stand up to the constant presence of flames from the gas jet.
When considering the switch to modern gas solutions, listed below are some questions to address:
Vented vs Vent Free Gas Logs(more information) - Differences
How Do I Measure My Firebox? - Measuring Guide
If it is a wood burning fireplace, then you can probably install gas logs in it. If it is not a wood burning fireplace, then you most likely CANNOT install gas logs in it (except for a few Ventless fireboxes as described below). If you do not know if you have a wood burning fireplace or not, If that is the case, there should be a metal label with the brand name and model number located somewhere inside the fireplace. That label might also have some stipulations as to what you can burn in it. The label is usually somewhere near the opening, either on the sides (sometimes hidden by a mesh curtain) or on the upper front area just inside the opening. Documentation on the product will indicate whether your enclosure is gas-log applicable. Please reference our safety precautions prior to making a purchase(Gas Logs can be either Vented orVent-free depending on your needs and the building codes in your area)
If you can find the label, try to Google the information on it to learn more about your fireplace. Often times you can find the owners manual online in a downloadable .pdf file. Back to top
Vented Gas Logs - As the closest rival to a natural fire, Vented Fireplace Gas Logs will provide supplemental heat. Great for ambience and aesthetics, very decorative and realistic to wood burning. They are comparable to burning real wood without the hassle of cleanup. You can recognize vented gas logs by its big full flames, big full color. You will see lots of yellow, orange, and big ember beds. Warning, Do Not Install in Gas Stove, Gas Fireplace, or Ventless Firebox. Vented Gas Logs must only be housed in fireplaces specifically intended to burn wood. building and safety codes require the chimney damper be secured open during use.
Vent Free Gas Logs - The vent free gas logs produced a tremendous amount of heat and that hot air comes straight out of the fireplace box into the room. Think of vent free gas logs as a furnace or heater. The flames are not in physical contact with the logs, the flames come through cut-outs (between the logs). so you will see 2 cut-outs, or 3 cut-outs vent free gas logs sets. The flame is designed for a specific pattern and must be installed in an approved vent free fireplace. Warning, some states outlaw the use of Vent Free applications: check with your city’s building department for codes.) You cannot use Ventless substitutions with other Gas Fireplaces or stoves. Ventless gas logs can be added to all fireplaces fully capable of burning wood, without the use of a Damper. Ventless Fireboxes that do not require their own brand of logs, can work with our merchandise: seek your user guide for specifics. Back to top
Some states have localized restrictions various cities and municipalities. So even if the State says it is OK to burn ventless gas logs, your local building department may not approve of them. It is your responsibility to contact your local building official to ask if vent-free gas logs are allowed. The map below references the status of building codes adopted by the different states that directly affect whether or not vent free appliances are accepted by the state, but does not take into account local codes. Back to top
Natural Gas is more common and frequently used in urban areas, which makes it a popular choice for gas logs. Propane burns hotter than natural gas does, but natural gas is less expensive. Propane also contains more carbon than natural gas. That does not mean that propane gas logs are warmer than natural gas-fueled log sets. Liquid propane is most commonly used in areas where natural gas is not available and mostly in rural areas. All gas logs that use propane must be used with a safety pilot, while natural gas does not require a safety pilot.
Simply check to see which fuel source is already available in your home. If you have a natural gas heater, dryer, stove, or other gas appliance, then natural gas logs are the obvious choice. Conversely, if you heat your home with propane, a liquid propane gas log is the way to go. If your home is not plumbed for either of these fuels, check locally to determine which fuel makes most sense to use in your home and then purchase the appropriate log set. Back to top
Gas logs are meant to be installed by a qualified professional. We strongly recommend you use an HVAC installer or licensed plumber. These professionals have proven knowledge of gas fireplaces, log sets and stoves as well as their venting systems. In addition, these specialists are fully qualified and have all of the required materials and tools on hand to make the connection safely and ensure it complies with code. Back to top