Are you tired of the high cost of buying wood for your fireplace and just as tired of cleaning up the ashes? If so, you can have your wood burning fireplace converted to accommodate gas logs. With so many incredible systems on the market today, you avoid all the negative aspects of the wood burning fireplace but still enjoy a nice, warm fire. If you are thinking about changing your fireplace so it accommodates gas logs, consider the information below to help you through the process.
First, gas logs are literally maintenance free � no ashes to clean up, simply an occasionally dusting off with a dry cloth. You will also find that gas logs come in a number of options that look just like real wood. You can choose from ash, pine, oak, birch, and many other wood options. Gas logs also reduce fire hazard in that you do not have to worry about rolling logs or falling embers.
There are two types of gas logs to consider. The first is a vented log. These logs look just like real wood and are used with an open damper. Not only do they create the look of a real wood fire but also they are an efficient heat source. This type of gas log is perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms whereas a vent-free is not permitted in these rooms. The most important thing whether choosing vent or vent-free gas logs is that you need to look at your local and state codes, which vary from one location to another.
The second type is the vent-free log. With this type of log, you would leave the chimney damper closed and although they too look great, the flame is not as realistic as you would get with vented logs. However, because 100% of the heat produced stays in the room, this is an excellent way to cut down on energy use, which also lowers your monthly heating bill.
As you begin your comparison-shopping, you will also hear the vent-free log called a vent-free heater so do not get confused. Most vent-free gas logs are built with a thermostat control, which helps control the room temperature. This type of log also produces a level of moisture in the air so be sure that there is proper ventilation in the room so mildew does not build up and cause problems.
To measure the heating power of the gas logs, they are broken down by number of BTU�s produced. This is why knowing the measurement of the room is so crucial. Additionally, you need to take into consideration any high ceilings. Another consideration is natural versus liquid propane (LP) gas. With natural gas, the gas dissipates once it is released into the air. While natural gas does not burn as hot as LP, it is also less expensive. With LP, because it has more carbon, it can burn up to three times hotter than natural gas.
Finally, if you are thinking about converting your wood burning fireplace to one with gas logs, for safety purposes, you want only a professional to do the job.