If you are in the market for an alternative to a traditional woodburning fireplace, it might be time to investigate gas logs.
Gas logs are a great way to achieve all the wonderful qualities of a wood-fueled fireplace. To install and use gas logs, you should have a working woodburning fireplace (with the exception of a few ventless fireboxes), and access to either propane or natural gas.
What are gas logs made of? Gas logs are made with non-combustible materials, ceramic or a refractory cement mixture. An added bonus with gas logs, gas logs don’t make a mess in your home. With the light of a match or the click of a button on a remote, you can turn on your gas.
Another distinct advantage of gas logs, you can choose how long the fire burns, and aren’t left with burning embers or ashes.
The gas logs that are available today are much more visually appealing than they used to be. Many of these log sets look more like real wood. The variety of gas log styles has also grown. A greater selection of styles or types of “wood” featured in gas logs is also available, so you’ll easily be able to find a set that is most visually appealing to you.
Gas logs are a quick alternative to a woodburning fireplace
One of the best features of owning gas logs is how quickly you can “build” a fire. If you have limited time to enjoy a fire in your busy day, then gas logs are a great solution, making it much quicker and easier to generate a relaxing “fire.” Gas logs make it possible for you to begin enjoying a fire in a matter of seconds.
Another reason to choose gas logs—they require very little maintenance, and they are great time saver, too. Think about it. You don’t have to leave the house to purchase or gather firewood, and very few sparks fly from a set of gas logs, which minimizes the clean up you’ll need to perform.
However, as with any gas appliance in your home, you will need to be sure you are taking the proper safety precautions. You’ll still have to have your chimney inspected annually to ensure that the pipes are in good shape, and that your home and family are protected. A carbon monoxide detector should also be installed to make sure your home environment remains free and clear of gas leaks.
When considering the costs of going with gas logs, you’ll find they are a fraction of the cost of a traditional fire in the long run and an alternative source of heat and light when the power goes out. When calculating costs, gas logs are also less costly and more efficient than wood.
Before purchasing gas logs, you will need to know a couple of things about venting. Vented gas logs allow you to use your existing chimney as a vent, so some heat may escape up the chimney. To retain heat in the room, consider installing a fireback behind your log set. Vent-free gas logs don’t require you to have a chimney, and also tend to provide a higher amount of heat in the room.
Another consideration is size. You will need to measure your fireplace carefully before purchasing gas logs to make sure they will fit inside of your fireplace. You’ll also need to decide if you prefer a push button ignition, or if you are ok with lighting a match to the logs.
For more information on gas logs, and what type of gas logs will work best in your home, our FAQ page on gas logs is a great resource.