The real truth behind gas fireplace logs will surprise you. Gone are the days of cheap looking gas log inserts. Vent free is here.
Gas fireplace logs offer the ease of use in turning them on and off with a switch. Also, the better quality gas logs operate with a remote control for setting room temperatures.
Many times, old chimneys and flues become a maintenance headache for burning firewood. A professional chimney company can convert a wood burning fireplace into gas logs.
What is a vent free fireplace?
Simply put, a vent free fireplace is a self contained unit. It contains a metal shell called a firebox. It also has a burner (served by natural gas or propane) and the log set. The real truth behind gas fireplace logs is they do not require venting or a chimney.
The benefits are numerous for converting an existing wood burning fireplace to gas logs. Here are several benefits you will enjoy:
The top benefit of gas logs is no ash and soot to clean.
Remote control of the space temperature.
On and off times based on temperatures or time.
No chimney or fireplace to maintain.
Efficient burning of the natural gas or propane saves money.
Real fire look every time. No poking or moving logs around.
How about the cost of installing vent free gas logs?
Most vent free gas log installations and conversions are very affordable. As with any purchase, you get what you pay for in looks, convenience and energy use.
Most installations range from $1,800 to around $4,500. Of course, the very high end units and large units can cost over $8,000. Remember, this is a one time cost. Factor in the cost of wood, cleaning, maintenance and safety to see the value of gas logs installed. All prices are going higher now due to the supply and demand of goods. Ask up about used gas log sets or other alternatives to lower the install cost.
What secrets we use to make the gas log conversion look real?
Real fires produce ash and embers that glow as they burn. For instance, the smoldering embers on the bottom of the logs look real. Therefore, we use a man made ember that glows but does not burn up.
Volcanic rock and heat sand add additional “real fire” look to any gas log set. The key is proper placement in the log set.
What to watch out for – too many rocks or ash will clog the orifices. Also, the logs will scorch if done incorrectly.