Are you moving into a new home with a gas fireplace? Or are you moving into a home with no fireplace, but want to install one? Either way, gas logs could be a good solution for you. A gas log is a gas burner that is constructed to look like a stack of burning logs and is used in a gas-fueled fireplace. It offers the functionality of burning gas or natural propane to give off heat, but also an aesthetic similar to a natural wood-burning fireplace. There are a number of different types of gas logs available, so it's important to consider your options before choosing one. Here are some of the biggest things to consider when buying gas logs:
Fuel source. You'll need a gas log that matches up with the fuel source for your fireplace. The two most popular options are either natural gas or propane. If you're moving into a home that already has a gas fireplace, then you likely already know the answer to this question. However, if you're building your own home or installing a pre-fabricated gas fireplace into an existing home, you may want to consider your choices here.
Natural gas is a popular choice that may be less expensive than propane and could be more convenient if you have other gas appliances in the home. However, propane could be a better option if you live in a remote area with little access to gas lines or if you want your fireplace to operate independently of the gas lines. Propane may also burn hotter, giving off more heat.
Vented or vent-free? Gas logs come in two forms: vented and vent-free. Vented gas logs are much like traditional fireplaces in the sense that much of the elements from the fire, such as smoke, particles, and even the heat, escape through a chimney. This can lead to a large, roaring flame that looks much like a natural fire.
A vent-free gas log is a good option if you're installing a prefabricated fireplace into a home without a chimney. The log burns fuel more efficiently so there is little gas or smoke output and no need for a chimney. More of the heat will stay in your home. However, a vent-free log is unlikely to give you a natural-looking flame or a wood-burning aesthetic.
Size. The size of the gas log is also another important consideration. For safety and ventilation purposes, you'll need to leave plenty of free space between the log and sides of the fireplace. Also, if the gas log is too big, it may look awkward in your fireplace and affect the aesthetics of the fire.
For more information, visit a store that sells gas logs. They can help you find the perfect gas log for your new home. To find out more, speak with a company like Hearth and Patio.