Many years ago, a gas fireplace log looked like a gas fireplace log.
Even when standing across the room, it was obvious the logs were not
real and even cheesy in appearance. Times have changed and so have
the options for fireplace logs. Now, you can enjoy a multitude of
log designs, each offering the ideal look for your home. The first
thing to consider is that gas logs come in two types - vented and
vent free. The vented fireplace log produces little to no heat
while the vent free offer a lot of heat, although they do not look
as realistic and are not used as often.
For the vented fireplace, you have to leave the damper open while
burning a fire since soot and carbon are generated and need a way
to escape. The vent free logs are used when the damper is closed
and are a good option if you need to heat more than just the room
in which the fireplace is located. The vented logs produce a
beautiful yellow flame while the vent free logs burn blue. This
color of fire is not as pretty or realistic as the vented logs but
they do burn much hotter and cleaner.
Fireplace logs are designed from ceramic fiber or concrete and then
the natural gas burns underneath to create the realistic look. You
will find a multitude of options when it comes to wood-look to
include oak, birch, and pine and more. Each log set is designed
differently so the logs look as though you placed them there from
your woodpile. You can choose from a either a full look or split
log look. In addition, you can also enhance the fireplace logs with
special embers sold to look exactly like real wood burning embers.
When it comes to gas logs, you need to make the determination as to
what is more important, appearance or heat. You will also find
that gas fireplace logs have options for control such as manual,
wall control, thermostat, or remote control. Again, it all depends
on your preference.