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Types of Gas Logs

Types of Gas Logs
Although the traditional wood fires hold much charm, the task of maintaining a wood-burning fireplace can be quite cumbersome. However, with the new generation of gas fireplace logs, one can have either the vented, vent free, or even a combination of both, for a warm and cozy room.
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The popularity of gas logs is increasing every year, and with this, the manufacturers are planning various moves to meet the increasing demands. There are freestanding gas stoves and contained fireplace units, apart from others, that can be mounted on the walls. However, the problem with these appliances is that the residue produced, generally gets deposited inside the interiors of the home.

Gas fireplace logs have raised many a questions in the minds of people. They are available set up for LP (propane) or natural gas. For gas fireplace logs, one would require you to have a wood-burning fireplace, along with a decent chimney system installed.

3 Main Types

Vented: Loads of people go in for vented gas logs, as these are still rated amongst the most popular ones. They are generally available in lengths from 12" to over 60". Apart from the massive lengths, they are also available in a wide range of finishes and styles. Some of them use the more realistic wood fire substitute. The more realistic it looks, the higher the price would be. Vented logs are also a practical wood fire substitute. They are designed to resemble oak, hickory, birch, and many such wood species. Their efficiency is rather on the low side compared to the other two kinds available. This would actually mean that around 10% of the heat returns back home. The remaining goes up the chimney.

It is the glow of the embers that adds to the original charm and realistic look of the vented logs. This is because they intentionally burn the gas and cause a yellow flame, which in turn simulates the wood. They are also very flexible and can be molded as per your requirement. They can be moved around and are also available with remote controls to make their usage an easy affair. One can also add embers, pinecones, branches, additional logs, etc. They are an ideal option for those who are on the lookout for a more realistic fire.

Vent Free: These are always equipped with an Oxygen Depletion Sensor also known as ODS. This is designed to switch off the gas before the carbon monoxide reaches a very dangerous level. A good way would be to install carbon monoxide detectors in the room. These are an inexpensive way to put your mind at ease instead of worrying about the levels of carbon monoxide.

They are also very popular today and are slowing matching the sales of the vented gas logs. There has been a lot of debate about the concept of burning fuel at home and the subsequent consequences on the quality of air thereafter. The vent free logs do not have a yellow flame and are not as realistic as the vented type. This is solely due to the smaller BTU rating and the clean burning design. These are also shrouded in controversy. They are known to cause discomfort for people who suffer from respiratory problems.

Since it can be considered as an open fire, the heat produced can damage the area above. So, ensure you have protective coverings for those objects.

Partially Vented: This combines the features of vented and vent free gas logs. With these, you can close your fireplace damper. This results in plenty of heat in the room and the by-products go through the chimney. They even use less BTU's as compared to the others.

Safety Precautions
  • When you are using the gas logs, always keep the fireplace open.
  • Do not leave the vent free logs unattended.
  • Allow some fresh air to enter the room when the logs are burning.
  • Vent free logs tend to generate a lot of heat. Hence keep any kind of combustibles away from that specific area.