Gas logs provide a safe, clean, and energy-efficient way to heat your home and create a comfortable, cozy environment. However, there are lots of different gas log variations and options. How do you know how to select the best products and configurations for your space? Here is everything you need to about gas logs.

What is the Difference Built-In and Freestanding Gas Log Fireplaces?

Prefabricated fireplaces come in two types. The first is a built-in, which looks like a traditional fireplace. The other option is a freestanding gas log fireplace. Freestanding fireplaces feature lightweight construction and easy to assemble components. This type is more versatile in terms of shapes, styles, and finishes. Both types of fireplaces utilize built-in vents through insulated metal chimneys that go through roofs, ceilings, and walls.

What are Vented Gas Logs?

Vented logs offer a large, realistic flame and require an open flue or chimney damper. This log type provides both fashion than function, creating a lifelike wood fire atmosphere while also warming the room through radiant heat. Vented logs are also a safe option, as carbon monoxide and some heat are released through the chimney rather than delivered entirely back into the room.

What are Vent-Free Gas Logs?

Vent-free gas logs are used with a closed chimney. While these logs offer a smaller flame, and less of a roaring effect, they are considered more energy-efficient. However, there are some safety concerns. Because this type of log doesn’t have a vent, it can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide. Due to this concern, these systems are equipped with an ODS (Oxygen Depletion Sensor) that will shut off the if oxygen levels in the room fall below 18 percent. These logs should only be used for a few hours at a time, and with a window open or other sources of fresh air.

Should You Use Liquid Propane or Natural Gas?

Gas logs are available with two types of fuel sources. Liquid propane burns hotter than natural gas, but it does not burn as clean as natural gas, creating more soot. In order to access this fuel source, you’ll need a pilot system.

Natural gas is lighter than air and dissipates as it’s released. While it doesn’t burn as hot as liquid propane, it does cost less. Natural gas logs are hard plumbed from buried gas lines, so you will need access to natural gas utilities. You may already have other appliances like your oven or water heater connected to natural gas. If your home isn’t hard piped for natural gas, you’ll have to opt for LP logs.

How Much BTU Will Your Home Need?

Heating power is measured by BTU, British Thermal Units. To determine the amount of heat you’ll need to adequately heat your space, you’ll need to measure the room. The room’s length and ceiling height are the crucial measurements. The table below will guide you toward the adequate amount of BTU you’ll need.

BTU Needed to Heat a Room With an 8-ft Ceiling

 

12-ft Length

18-ft Length

24-ft Length

30-ft Length

36-ft Length

12-ft Wide

5,184

7,776

10,368

12,960

15,552

18-ft Wide

7,776

11,664

15,552

19,440

23,328

24-ft Wide

10,368

15,552

20,736

25,920

31,104

30-ft Wide

12,960

19,440

25,920

32,400

38,880

36-ft Wide

15,552

23,338

31,104

38,880

46,556

 

BTU Needed to Heat a Room With a 10-ft Ceiling

 

12-ft Length

18-ft Length

24-ft Length

30-ft Length

36-ft Length

12-ft Wide

6,480

9,720

12,960

16,200

19,440

18-ft Wide

9,720

14,580

19,440

24,300

29,160

24-ft Wide

12,960

19,440

25,920

32,400

38,880

30-ft Wide

16,200

24,300

32,400

40,500

48,600

36-ft Wide

19,440

29,160

38,880

48,600

58,320

 

What Type of Accessories are Available for Gas Log Fireplaces?

You can really add to your gas log fireplace experience with a few accessories. Gas log embers add instant realism to your flames. This accessory illuminates and glows underneath the flames. Fire glass is another similar product that adds to the atmosphere within your fireplace. Gas log pine cones and acorns are other nice touches that complement the aesthetics of your fireplace. Fireplace screens are another nice addition that can enhance the area around your fireplace and enhance its safety.

How Do You Maintain Safety Around Your Gas Logs?

With any fire or ignition source, safety needs to be your top priority. Here are a few things to implement and keep in mind in and around your gas log fireplace.

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed and maintained.
  • Keep flammable objects away from the fireplace.
  • Never use lighter fluid or gasoline to ignite your fireplace.
  • Always have an approved fire extinguisher nearby.
  • If you have a chimney, make sure that it’s swept, clean, and clear

 

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