How Do Gas Logs Work?

by | Nov 12, 2022 | Gas Fireplaces

Did you know that adding a fireplace to your home can increase your home’s value? 77% of homebuyers will pay more for a home that has a fireplace.

Maintaining a fireplace can be a lot of work. However, there is a way to keep your home warm without all the hassle. Technology has improved greatly in the last few years, and propane fireplaces are becoming more and more popular.

If you don’t know what gas logs are and how they work, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we are going to tell your everything you need to know about gas fireplaces. Read on so you can increase your home’s value and have the benefits of a warm fire without the mess.

What Are Gas Logs

These logs are slightly different than wooden ones. While you’ll still get the same look and warmth from gas logs as wood ones, you won’t have to worry about maintenance and upkeep.

Gas logs are made of ceramic, which means they can withstand high heat. They look like real wood, but you can reuse them, and there’s nothing to clean up. You’ll also be able to turn the fire on and off instead of waiting for it to go out.

How Do Gas Logs Work

If you install gas logs, you’ll have the benefit of having a warm house in a crackling fire without having to deal with the cleanup that comes with wood logs. You’ll have the option to choose between two different types of fuel with gas logs.

There’s either propane or natural gas. There are pros and cons to both.

Propane will burn hotter, but you’ll need to purchase a propane tank. There are also two different types of logs, vented and ventless.

Vented

A vented gas log set is a type of gas fireplace that is designed to be used with a chimney. These logs are made of ceramic or other heat-resistant materials and are designed to mimic the look and feel of real wood logs. They are typically installed in a traditional masonry fireplace and are fueled by either propane or natural gas.

One of the main features of vented gas logs is that they produce a more realistic flame than ventless gas logs. This is because the flames are able to rise and move more freely, giving the appearance of a natural wood fire. However, because a chimney is required for vented gas logs, they do not burn as hot as ventless logs and are not as efficient.

In order to use vented gas logs, you must have a functioning chimney that is in good repair. It is important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly to ensure that it is safe to use and to prevent the build-up of creosote and other dangerous substances.

Ventless

A ventless gas log set is a type of gas fireplace that does not require a chimney or other ventilation system. These logs are fueled by either propane or natural gas and are designed to produce heat and create a cozy atmosphere in your home.

One of the main benefits of ventless gas logs is their high efficiency. Because they do not require a chimney or other ventilation system, all of the heat produced by the logs is able to stay in the room, making them an excellent choice for heating smaller spaces. They also do not produce any harmful emissions, making them a safer and healthier option for your home.

However, it is important to note that ventless gas logs are not allowed in all areas. Some states and localities have regulations that prohibit the use of ventless gas logs due to concerns about air quality and the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. It is always best to check with your local authorities before installing a ventless gas log set to ensure that it is permitted in your area.

How To Install Them

If you’re considering installing a propane fireplace, you must talk to a professional. A gas line needs to be installed properly the first time in order to avoid unwanted, uncontrolled fires. A professional will also know the local building codes and fire regulations, so you won’t have to worry about being fined.

Once the gas fireplace is installed, you can place the logs where you want them to be. They will come with instructions, so be sure to follow them carefully. It’s recommended that you wear gloves as some of the substances on the logs can bother your skin.

Igniting a Gas Log

Starting a fire can take time, and you’ll need several different items to get it started. You won’t have to worry about getting a lighter, wood, or newspaper if you gas logs.

There are three ways you can ignite the logs and if you aren’t sure which one to choose, your installed can help. The manual piloted ignition system requires you to turn the valve and light it by hand.

Another option is the manual pilot with a remote. Using a remote or switch makes it really simple, and you can even set it up on a timer.

Lastly, you can use an electronic ignition system. It’s similar to using a remote, and it has batteries, so all you’ll have to do is push a button. With this option, the pilot ignition doesn’t stay on all the time; it’s only one when the burner is ignited.

If you have a fire burning and suddenly have to leave to run an errand, it can take some time to get the fire out properly. Whereas if you have a gas fireplace it is easy to flip a switch and turn it off. An installation can help you decide if a switch/knob or remote control is best for you.

Parts

There are several components that make up a gas log set. There’s a burner, burner pan, valve system, and logs. Some kits may vary depending on which fireplace you choose.

Flame Proofing

While gas fireplaces are safer than wood burning, it’s crucial that you take the necessary steps to fireproof the area around your fireplace.

Typically an installer will put sand or lava rocks around the logs. Since sand and rocks aren’t flammable, they will keep the flames inside the fireplace.

You can even have a glass door installed. This extra step isn’t required, but it will give you peace of mind knowing the fire won’t spread outside the fireplace.

Gas Logs Technology

If you love the ambiance of a fire burning but don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of a real fireplace, a propane fireplace may be the best option for you. Knowing how a gas fireplace works is crucial as it can help you decide which one is best for your home.

If you’re ready to install gas logs, contact us here. We have helped many homeowners and we are confident we can help you find something that you’ll love.

 

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