Choosing the Right Fire Logs for Your Fireplace
Fireplace needs are particular to the home and person – so when choosing the fireplace for you, it is important to know all of your options. In our blog, we’ve already discussed wood inserts versus gas inserts and you’ve probably decided which option suits you better. If you opted for gas, you have a few more options to go through before you find the cozy fireplace you’ll curl up to in the winter.
Now we need to discuss the different gas logs you can choose. When looking at gas fireplaces you will want to consider which is best for you and your heating needs: gas logs – vented or unvented. There are many options, depending upon your preference, which is why it is a good idea to know the different options that can be used inside the fireplace to give you the comfort you desire. The three options for a gas fireplace are vented gas logs, unvented gas logs, and fireplace inserts.
Vented Gas Logs
The vented gas log option is the most versatile of the three. Vented gas logs can be placed in traditional wood-burning fireplaces as long as the smoke and fumes can escape out of the damper, the area just above the fire box inside the chimney. The exhaust that is expelled from the vented gas logs is similar to that of a wood burning fire, so the damper must be opened to prevent carbon monoxide from spreading throughout the house. Vented gas logs are preferred for their realistic golden flames and odorless burning, mainly used as part of the room decor. The downside is that much of the heat is lost through the damper. There is an option to close the damper slightly to reduce heat escape, but it’s best to check with a trained professional at Aspen Fireplace before doing so to make sure the air is safe and free of CO2.
Vented gas logs are usually the most expensive to run, about $0.80 to $0.90 per hour.
Ventless Gas Logs
The ventless gas logs produce almost no exhaust, and are comparable to a gas kitchen range. The damper can remain closed while the logs are burning due to this, which results in greater heat expulsion than vented gas logs. Since there are no fumes or carbon monoxide exhaust to worry about, ventless gas logs provide an eco-friendly substitute to traditional fireplace logs. However, ventless gas logs do have their downfalls. The main side effect of ventless gas logs is the depletion of oxygen levels which can cause excess moisture in the home due to water vapor, the byproduct of burning clean gas. These logs often have a strong odor, similar to the smell of gas, when in use. They shouldn’t be relied on as a primary heat source and should not be run for extended periods of time. Like the ventless gas logs, we recommend consulting a professional at Aspen Fireplace for additional restrictions and installation details.
Typically, ventless gas logs are the cheapest to run, about $0.30 per hour.
The third option is the gas insert. They have heating capacities in excess of 1,500 square feet and are a great additional heating element during the winter. They are reliable during power outages in which electric heat may be shut off. Gas fireplace inserts are very energy efficient and heat effective. The insert comes as one unit and does not need fireplace glass doors.
Whatever your fireplace needs may be, stop by our showroom on Sinclair Road to see these different options in action. Let the Columbus fireplace experts at Aspen Fireplace help you evaluate your wants and choose the best fireplace for you.