When you think of your fireplace, do you most likely think of it as a decoration? A place to store all your most cherished pictures and other nick-knacks? It could be because you live in an area that’s relatively warm during the winter. However, you may love having the ambiance of a roaring fire but hate having to chop or purchase firewood, constantly nurse the flame, or worry about cleaning up after.
If that’s you, it may be time to consider upgrading your current wood burning fireplace to a cleaner, more efficient gas log fireplace.
Why change to gas logs?
As noted, there are several reasons why gas logs are better for your home than wood.
- The Environment –Burning wood causes 75% more CO2 to be emitted into the atmosphere and there are 99% fewer pollutants overall when burning natural gas.
- Ease of Use – Gas logs are as easy to use a barbecue. Just flip a switch (or turn a knob) to start the fire. No need to chop firewood, collect kindle, or continually nurse the flame.
- Adjustability – Unlike a wood burning flame, which can only be adjusted by adding more material or waiting for the flame to die on its own, gas log flames can be easily adjusted at any time to create a steady, comfortable temperature.
- Less hazardous – Gas logs do not create embers or pummels of smoke.
- Cleanliness – when it’s time to douse the fire, just flip the switch. There’s no cleaning up ash and other particulates or having to constantly clean the chimney flue.
What’s the difference between vented and vent-free gas logs?
Vented gas logs look and act the same as wood. Small amounts of fumes and heat must be allowed to escape through the chimney when in use.
Vent-free logs use the air from the room for combustion, so they do not need to be vented. Unlike vented gas logs, which must be placed in the fireplace, vent-free logs can essentially go anywhere in your home.
How do I convert my wood burning fireplace?
Conversion may sound difficult, but it’s quite easy.
- Clean your fireplace to free it of dust, dirt, and ash.
- Install a gas line (natural or propane) into the fireplace. If using vented gas logs, you must also install a heat-rated vent pipe up the chimney.
- Place the logs (vented or non-vented) into the fireplace and connect the gas line.
- Enjoy a hot, safe, clean fire.
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