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There is No Such Thing as a Standard Gas Log

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There is No Such Thing as a Standard Gas Log - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MI

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Whether you want to install a brand new fireplace or are interested in switching fuel sources, finding the right gas log can be difficult. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that there is a “standard” gas log that will fit all fireplace units; however, this is not the case.

There are a number of variations and options when it comes to gas logs. In order to find the gas log that best fits their needs, homeowners should consider all of their options and consult with a fireplace professional before making a purchase.

Types of gas logs

There are two kinds of gas logs – vented and vent free.

  • Vented: Vented gas logs are connected to a venting system such as a chimney or flue. This allows the fireplace to draw air from the outside during the combustion process; while this creates a more complete burn and a hotter fire, it can also lead to some heat being lost up the chimney. Vented gas logs are most often used when a gas log is being installed into an existing fireplace.
  • Vent free: Vent free gas logs are self-contained combustion systems do not require any connection to outside air. Because of this, they can be placed virtually anywhere in the home. However, vent free gas logs do not create realistic flames and may impact the air quality in the home when used for long periods of time.

Within both of these types of gas logs, three main materials are used to create the logs: bisque ceramic clay, molded ceramic fibers, and molded refractory cement. These differences in materials create different burn patterns and wood looks; gas logs are available in a number of different wood styles such as oak, birch, or hickory. This allows homeowners to select a gas log that more closely resembles the wood burning fire of their choice.

Fuel options

Homeowners have the choice between either natural gas or propane for their gas log. While natural gas is more widely used, propane can be used in areas where natural gas is not an option. When operating a propane gas log, however, the standing pilot light option is required. Both fuel options for gas log fireplaces have low operating costs. Natural gas fireplaces typically cost between $0.60 and $1.50 per hour to operate, while propane costs between $0.75 and $1.75 per hour to run.

No matter what fuel source they use, most gas logs are designed to burn dirty. This means that the gas log burns with incomplete combustion in order to create a more realistic yellow flame similar to those created by wood burning fires.

Gas log size

The size of the gas log varies by manufacturer and model. Most sets range in size from about 12 to 60 inches in width. The size of the unit you need will depend on flue size. When selecting a vent-free gas log, the size of the unit is dependent on how big of an area in your home you want to heat.

Since there are a number of available options, there are no “standard” gas logs. Because of this, working with a fireplace professional is often the best way to find the gas log that is right for you. Contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today and let us help you find your new gas log!