Moving to Gas Logs


A wood-burning fireplace requires chopping and carrying wood, arranging the logs in the fireplace to build the fire, and cleaning up the ashes.  A gas log fireplace, on the other hand, requires pushing a button and omits the whole cleaning up of ashes.  In a world of instant coffees and instant foods, instant flames were sure to follow.  We can help you decide which set of gas logs is right for you.

Gas Options  

When considering making the switch, you will have three possible options: direct vent gas insert, unvented gas logs (also referred to as either room-vented or vent-free), and vented gas logs.  The following chart can help you determine which option is right for you:

Direct Vent Gas Insert

($2,000-$4,000)

Unvented Gas Logs

($100-$1,200)

Vented Gas Logs

($100-$1,200)

Increases heat output

Yes

Yes

No

Adds excess moisture to your home

No

Yes

No

Restrictions on recommended length of continuous use

No

Yes

No

Stops cold drafts

Yes

Yes

No

Uses only outside air for combustion

Yes

No

No

Endorsed by the American Lung Association

Yes

No

No

Legal in all 50 states

Yes

No

Yes

Of the three, the direct vent gas insert is by far the most energy efficient (not to mention it’s safer, provides more heat, and most closely replicates the experience of wood-burning without the mess).  The additional safety features and energy efficiency comes with a greater initial expense.  This additional upfront investment will be recouped over time through decreased heating and cooling bills.

Considerations  

Tired of the mess and hassle of wood? Gas logs are a fantastic choice for convenience, as well as comfort.

Tired of the mess and hassle of wood? Gas logs are a fantastic choice for convenience, as well as comfort.

No matter which option you choose, however, there are some important things to consider.  Check with your local government to determine the necessary permits, applicable fees, requirements, and restrictions.  Remember to have all work involving the actual gas lines themselves done by a licensed professional.  Purchase the manufacturer’s recommended log set/insert for your space.  Always follow the manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance and inspection recommendations to ensure you get the most out of your investment.  Keeping these considerations in mind will help to provide you with the best opportunity to rekindle the love you once had for your fireplace.

Convenience is leading more people to convert wood-burning fireplaces to gas.  People are looking to get away from doing the additional work associated with wood-burning fireplaces.  They want to make things easier.  Gas fireplaces are easy to start, easy to stop, relatively maintenance-free, and because they offer the presence of actual flames, gas log fireplaces give you a very convincing wood-burning aesthetic without all the fuss.  It’s really the best of both worlds.  This conversion will likely provide you with more free time, as it will relieve you of your wood hauling, cutting, stacking, and carrying duties.  What will you do with all your extra time?

 

 

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