Fireplaces serve as a great addition to any home. They offer a place to cozy up and stay warm. If you have a wood burning stove, then you can equip it with gas logs. Contrary to popular belief, they should not be used in gas fireplaces due to the degree of fumes that are emitted. When combined with the gas from the gas line installed in these units, you will run the risk of burning down your home. Here are some helpful tips for determining whether your fireplace can burn gas logs, as well as what types are available for you to purchase.
You should never assume that your fireplace can burn gas logs. It is always important to do your research before making any purchase, but this warrants special attention. If you install these in a fireplace that was not meant to burn them, you are creating a fire hazard. So do you have a suitable unit? If you have a masonry fireplace, then you are good to go for both vent and ventless logs. These are the traditional ones that have a firebox and chimney stack. If you can safely burn wood in it, then gas logs will be no problem. Also, if you have a prefabricated wood burning fireplace, you can use vented but not ventless ones. B-vent and Direct vent can not use them.
Vented logs are very popular due to the realistic flame that they emit. Individuals looking for the traditional look would be best suited for these as they imitate a wood burning fire. On the downside, however, they are not very energy efficient as most of the heat will go up the chimney flue.
Ventless logs are an alternative. They will conserve more energy as they operate with the flue closed. You won’t get the effect of burning real firewood. All of the heat will stay inside your home though, so if that is what you are looking for, ventless logs are a wise choice.