Buying Gas Logs
Buying gas logs for your fireplace can be confusing, as there is a lot of choice and many considerations to factor in. Whether you are looking for a more traditional look, energy efficiency or a more authentic flame, you need to look at the differences in vents and fuel type.
Vented logs are the most popular, creating a realistic fire and requiring a flue, much like burning wood. Because the heat is pushed up the chimney, you will not get much warmth from the fire, but you will get the smell of the wood burning. As with wood logs, you will need to regularly sweep the chimney of vented gas logs.
Unvented logs are more efficient as they produce more heat, using less fuel. However, these logs need to be professionally installed and, if used for long periods of time with windows closed, can be detrimental to the oxygen in the home. As a result, these logs may be impractical in some homes, although they should not be completely discounted.
Gas logs are powered either by propane or natural gas. Natural gas is the cheaper option but is only available if you are connected to the gas supply. Propane burns hotter but is more expensive and it is therefore best to use the cheapest option available to you. Gas leaks (be it natural or propane) should be taken seriously, as natural gas rises and propane sinks, meaning if there is a leak you will smell the strongest of the two right next to the floor.
Before you buy your gas logs, you should be aware of the different types of gas logs and options available, as well as the safety concerns surrounding gas fires. Decide if you want a vented or unvented log, and whether or not you have access to natural gas or will be using propane. Once you have figured out the basics, you can start to look at different styles and models that suit your needs and preferences.