Do Gas Log Fireplaces Have To Be Vented?
What you need to know about the wood-burning alternatives
Many of us love the idea of getting warm and cozy in front of a fireplace on a cold, snowy winter day. But what some of us love a little less is all the effort that it can take to start a fire. And then of course there is the inevitable mess that comes along with a wood-burning fireplace.
This effort and mess is part of the reason why people opt for propane gas fireplaces and propane gas logs.
Propane gas logs
Propane gas logs are a great hassle-free and mess-free alternative to wood-burning fireplaces. They offer a lot of the same benefits that traditional fireplaces do and, oftentimes, look quite realistic. Propane fireplace inserts and log sets can easily be added to a home’s already exiting wood-burning fireplace.
Homeowners who choose to add gas logs to a traditional fireplace that is already in their home will have to choose between vent-free gas logs and vented gas logs.
Let’s take a look at the differences between the two:
- Vent-free gas logs: Vent-free gas logs work best for heating small or medium sized fireplaces and rooms. You can typically find a safety shut-off and room oxygen sensor on vent-free gas logs. Vent-free logs burn less fuel and emit fewer exhaust fumes due to the fact that their flames are reduced. This helps them meet certain safety standards. Even with their reduced flames, vent-free gas logs are not permitted in all buildings so it is important to check your building’s codes if you are thinking about purchasing one.
- Vented gas logs: If you have a larger fireplace, vented gas logs may be the way to go as these gas logs are intended to produce bigger flames. However, they are not as efficient as vent-free logs and they burn about twice as much fuel as vent-free gas logs do.
Why choose gas logs
The benefits of using gas logs go beyond the fact that they are cleaner, easier and more convenient than using wood for a wood-burning fireplace. Gas logs are also:
- Customizable: You get to choose a style and aesthetic that goes with your home.
- Safe: Sparks don’t come along with gas logs (which we know is not the case with wood), which make them a safe choice, especially if there are small kids or pets in your home.
- A good financial decision: If you switch from a wood-burning fireplace to a gas log set you’ll find yourself saving between about 30%-40% in costs for every hour you use your fireplace.
- Better for the environment: Propane, which is what gas logs are powered by, is known as a clean-burning, environmentally friendly fuel. It contains no harmful particulates. Additionally, wood-burning fireplaces produce 35%-40% more carbon emissions than gas-powered fireplaces.
Get your gas logs at Hocon
If you are a homeowner who is trying to decide between vent-free gas logs and vented gas logs, the professionals at Hocon can help. You can call us or visit on of our showrooms to learn more about our hearth products, including our aesthetically pleasing and realistic looking gas log sets.
Hocon can also help homeowners in Connecticut with propane fireplace installations.
Contact us today to hear more about your gas log set options and to get a free fireplace installation estimate!