You may already know about gas log inserts and what they do, but in case you don’t, here is a quick explanation. Gas Logs are inserts that can be placed inside an existing fireplace or manufactured firebox. Liquid propane or natural gas can be connected to these gas logs, and voila! You now have a gas fireplace.
What many people like about having a gas fireplace is that it turns on at the press of a button and that there is no wood to store, ashes to clean up, or tending to the fire.
There are several factors, however you need to consider when trying to find the right gas log insert to meet your needs. This is the very purpose of this article!
Vent-free or ventless gas log sets operate with a closed chimney flue or none at all. While a vent-free set of gas logs won’t give you a roaring fire effect, they burn clean with no smoke and little to no gasses. Vent-free gas logs aren’t as decorative since the flame isn’t as natural or high as vented logs. Also, logs must be left in their predetermined arrangement for efficiency and safety reasons.
Please note vent free gas logs are not meant to be used as a continuous heat source. They are best used for occasional, supplemental, or backup heat. This is due to some of the trace byproducts released during combustion. Families with small children, pregnant, nursing, or cardiac/respiratory issues should not be exposed to vent-free products.
Vent-Free Gas logs, however, are a very efficient heat source. Since no chimney is required, all of the heat generated can stay in your living space. Vent-free heaters aren’t permitted in just any room; there must be plenty of clearance from flammable objects because of the amount of heat generated. Local building codes placement laws may apply.
If you live in Port Republic, Virginia, or a surrounding area, our team members can help you determine if your space is suitable for vented or vent-free gas log sets.