There are many advantages to converting your natural wood burning fireplace into a gas log, but you will need to consider your options. The two primary gases are propane and natural gas. The length of the gas line will determine the size of line needed. The two main gas logs are vented and vent-free. Both have a variety of different log styles and sizes to choose from. A more modern look of glass, pebbles, or stone are also offered by both.
Vented vs. Vent-free Fireplaces
Vented units have a more realistic look and will produce a larger flame. Vented gas logs operate with your damper open. Therefore, any Carbon monoxide will be vented. The vented gas logs can be rearranged for your desired look. Vented units come with a safety pilot valve, which will shut down the unit if excessive heat is detected. Regular cleaning and maintenance is recommended at least once a year.
Vent-free units are designed to burn 99% efficient, therefore they can operate with your damper closed. They will produce a greater amount of heat compared to a vented unit. Depending on the size of the room and the fireplace will determine what size unit to purchase. They offer free standing units, which require no venting at all. Vent-free units are designed with an oxygen depletion sensor for safety, along with a Safety pilot. The vent-free logs will need to be placed properly to prevent carbon monoxide. A carbon monoxide detector should be place in the room. The Vent-free flame height is restricted due to design for efficiency. Regular cleaning and maintenance is recommended at least once a year.
They both can be operated by remote control, switch, or turning of a knob. Both units are designed for safe operation. For further information regarding installation or service please contact us.