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Vented Gas Logs
When it comes time to purchase your gas logs, you will discover they come in two choices - vented and vent-free. The vented gas logs have been around more than five decades and remain a popular choice for many people. One of the main reasons is that the vented gas log produces the most realistic substitute to that of wood.

To use vented gas logs, you must have a regular fireplace, one originally designed to burn wood where the flue damper can be fully opened. With the vented gas log option, you will enjoy a beautiful, natural looking fire that burns with a lot of yellow color and flames that are smoky, which is why the open damper is a requirement.

If you prefer a roaring fire without much emphasis on heat, vented gas logs are the ideal choice. Although you will obviously get some heat, you can expect about the same level as a medium-sized wood burning fire. Before burning vented gas logs, have your chimney inspected to ensure it is clear of any obstructions. Vented gas logs, which are often referred to as the "yellow flame", will produce both soot and carbon that builds up in the chimney. Because of this, you will need to have the chimney swept the same as if burning wood.

The fire produced with vented gas logs is so realistic that most people will not even realize they are gas logs. Additionally, vented gas logs tend to be flexible, meaning they can be rearranged differently much easier than vent-free logs. A couple of other considerations for your vented gas logs include:
  • Some vented gas logs burn hotter than other vented logs. Therefore, you can check with a professional to choose a gas log set ideal for you. Keep in mind that the vented gas log that has the lowest BTU and most realistic burning flame will give you a fantastic looking fire and a low operating cost.

  • Fireplaces with vented gas logs often have glass doors. The reason is that when your logs are installed, your damper will be partially blocked in an open position. The glass doors will help keep any heat within your home from escaping up the chimney when you are not burning a fire. Just remember that when you do burn a fire, the doors need to be opened.

  • Look for vented gas logs that have undergone testing and certification. In addition to looking for a RADCO or CSA stamp on the logs, be sure to ask your salesperson for safety information.

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