Gas fireplaces are a great way to enjoy a nice, toasty home on a cold winter day. The benefit of the gas logs is that you can heat your home and have a real looking fire, all without the mess of ashes and soot. Because of the many benefits, vented fireplaces and gas logs are very popular.
To meet customer demand, manufacturers have responded by designing incredible styles. For example, you can choose from a contained fireplace that mounts to the wall or a freestanding unit. All you do is add, the logs of your choice and in minutes, you have a warm fire.
Top vented gas logs are logs that are used in place of the traditional source of wood. These logs can be used with a traditional masonry fireplace and they are designed to look like all types of wood. When shopping around for the right type of vent fireplace, you can choose from natural gas or propane gas. Regardless of which option you choose, the damper will need to be open.
Additionally, it is important to note that if you have a damaged chimney, or if your chimney is dirty where airflow is obstructed, you do not want to use a gas fireplace or gas logs. You also want to make sure you have your chimney professionally cleaned before using gas logs if it was every used to burn wood. This helps remove creosote that could cause serious problems with fire.
The gas logs on the market today are designed to produce amazingly realistic flames. Some burn a beautiful yellow flame like you would see with burning wood, some have a blue flame, some orange, and so on. The bad thing about the yellow flame is that it produces soot. For this reason, you should consider using a blower. The blue flame is generally a hotter fire that has more full combustion and less byproduct than other flames.
It is important that you check with your local building codes to see if you need the damper in your chimney to remain open with this type of fireplace and log. If you do, you can take some simply steps to help reduce drafts and heat loss. Start by installing glass doors. These doors should be open when a fire is burning and then closed when no fire is burning.
If your fireplace is not built with a top-venting chimney, you can have a special pipe installed. If this is not practical, another option is to go with direct venting. In this case, a two-layer pipe runs down through a hole in the wall located behind the unit. The outer pipe works to draw air in from outside, which creates combustion for the gas while the inner pipe directs waste outside.
In most cases, you can find the gas logs for a reasonable price and remember, if you have any questions whatsoever, you can contact your local fireplace specialist or simply contact the manufacturer directly.