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Gas Logs
Years ago, you could look at a fireplace and in a matter of seconds know it was gas, based solely on the logs. They had a plastic-like appearance, fake looking glow, and gave themselves away by the symmetrical formation. With today's designs, unless you study the logs up close, you cannot tell they are gas.

Gas logs are extremely realistic and come in a variety of artificial woods such as birch, pine, fruitwood, driftwood, and oak, which continues to be the most popular choice. In addition, you will also find log designs in whole or split-log. Even in the summertime when not in use, gas logs look real due to the unique method of creation, which includes using real wood as a mold, allowing every curve, knot, and axe mark to be captured. Additionally, below the burn system of your gas logs are what appear to be beautiful glowing embers, often created by using a blanket of wool spread out over a layer of sand or vermiculite.

While the appearance of gas logs are important and a determining factor when it comes to buying, there is also the aspect of convenience and efficiency. While many people love the smell of real wood, they are less than excited when it comes to cleaning ashes, hauling in wood, and worrying about embers spilling onto the carpet. With gas logs, all of that is replaced with a clean way of creating a cozy fire.

Gas logs also burn much cleaner than wood, which helps with pollution as well as the potential of smoke filtering back into your home. Some states such as California have restrictions on wood burning fireplaces and stoves for this very reason. With gas logs, you can enjoy a fire any day of the year without the worry of smoke. Most gas logs are created from ceramic, which helps hold the heat from the flame, thus heating your home in a more efficient manner. When weighing the benefit of gas logs over that of wood, you will find gas logs cost a fraction of what it costs to operate your fireplace with wood.

When it comes time to choose your gas logs, talk to a professional that can help you decide what type works best for your specific needs. For example, some gas logs allow you to adjust the size of the flame, some provide an on/off switch while others have remote control, and because of the various sizes, you want the appropriate size for your fireplace. You also want to look at the efficiency rating that comes with all gas log sets. Now you can enjoy a beautiful, roaring fire using gas logs and no one will know the difference!

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