If you have decided to upgrade your wood burning fireplace to gas, you
will need to choose the type of gas log that fits both the fireplace
and your needs. Vented logs have been around for more than 50 years
and are the option used by most people. The direct vent fireplace uses
logs that produce a beautiful yellow flame that looks just like a wood
In order to use a direct vent, you will have to have a wood burning
fireplace and then convert it. The reason is that you need a damper
that can be opened to allow smoke to escape up the chimney. Vented
logs will enhance the direct vent fireplace by providing the best heat.
Just be sure to have your chimney inspected by a professional prior to
burning your gas logs. You want to ensure there are no hidden
obstructions that could create a fire hazard.
You will want to check with a professional before you purchase vented
gas logs since some will produce a hotter fire over others. A vented
gas log providing the lowest BTU will offer a great looking fire and
cost little to operate. Always make sure the vented logs have been
inspected and are certified. If you do not have a glass door, you will
need to get one since vented logs require the damper to be partially
opened. The glass door will provide a tool for keeping the heat in your
home while the soot and smoke go up the chimney. Just remember that the
glass door has to be in the open position when a fire is burning.
A vented fireplace has become the fireplace of choice for all of the
incredible advantages offered. If you are interested in saving money
while saving money, then this is the type of fireplace for you.