|Gas Fireplace Logs
|If you have chosen a gas-burning fireplace, you will need to install a log set in your
gas fireplace to get the full effect of a
wood burning fire. Newer models of these
log sets produce a surprisingly realistic
fire. Not only have the logs themselves detailed
with wood graining and partial charring,
but there are also decorative embers, cinders,
and glowing coals that make these logs difficult
to detect from the real thing. |
If you are thinking of buying
logs, consider the following:
- Gas logs don't simply sit on top of the gas
flame -- instead, they are connected to the
gas source and function as the gas burner.
- Gas log sets come either vented or vent-free.
Vented logs must be used in a regular fireplace
with a flue that is connected to the outside.
Vent-free sets can be used in regular fireplaces
or in prefabricated vent-free fireboxes that
do not have a chimney.
- Most vented sets do not give off much heat,
as the heat escapes up the flue. They are
a good choice for those who are basically
interested in a dramatic flame, as they usually
burn more BTU’s of gas. Vented sets have
a lower purchase price than vent-free sets.
- Vent-free and some special vented log sets
will provide heat. Vent-free logs are less
expensive to operate because they consume
about half the fuel of vented sets and can
be operated with the damper closed so the
heat stays in the room. Vent-free logs have
smaller flames and do not look as realistic
as vented logs. Many vent-free sets can be
wired to a room thermostat or remote controlled
thermostat to provide supplemental heat.
- Log sets can be made with either ceramic
fiber logs or concrete refractory logs. Concrete
refractory logs do not glow, but the logs
themselves have more detail and are more
durable than ceramic fiber logs. Ceramic
logs will glow after they have been turned
on for about 15 minutes, resulting in a more
realistic looking fire. Better quality ceramic
sets will be reinforced with steel rods to
help them resist the damage from the thermal
shock of rapid heating and cooling.
- Gas fire log sets come in several different
sizes. It is important that you measure your
fireplace box and follow the manufacturers
specifications before purchasing a set of
Most regular gas fire log sets have a definite
front and back, so if you have a see-through
fireplace designed to be seen from two sides,
you will need a set of logs that is finished
on both sides.