Before Installing Gas Logs

Gas Log Set

 
 
        The display that you see looks like a real wood fire, but the logs never really burn down.   When you're ready to go to bed, all that you have to do is turn the gas off!   This is the benefit of having gas logs.   Not a lot of heat, but incredible convenience.

        Before installing a set of gas logs, it's important that you're aware of their pros and cons, as well as the best way to purchase a gas log set and safely use them after being installed.

        If going from wood burning to gas logs, the chimney should be inspected and swept.

        Ensure you buy the correct size for the size of your fireplace.   If the log set is too small, it will create a poor display.   If the log set is too big, the logs will sit too far forward and can vent poisonous gas into the room instead of up the chimney flue.

        Gas logs do not produce creosote like you will have when burning real wood or the compressed logs wrapped in paper, but the gas logs will soot up a little.   Usually just an occasionally brush off the fine soot with a soft dry paintbrush.   Never wash the logs with water.

        It is a requirement to install a damper lock when installing, which locks the damper open and it cannot be closed.   As a result, you may have cold air coming into the room down from your chimney.   The usual solution for this problem is to install glass doors on the fireplace.

        Do not run your central air heater or furnace at the same time as using the gas logs.   This will cause air to come down the chimney into the living area, and if the logs are on, the odorless but poisonous gases are also venting into the room.   Usually a problem if the house has been made more air tight by installing new windows and doors.

 
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        We highly recommend having a professional install your gas log set and conduct a safety inspection on the gas log set.   We're trained to find safety issues (major or minor) before they cause damage to the property or cause injury or worse yet a fatality!

 

Advantages of Gas Logs

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Easy To Use And Time Saving
Gas logs you can light a fire within seconds.   Even better, at the end of the evening, there's no waiting for the wood embers to finish burning out before going to bed like you need to do when burning wood.
   
 
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Clean Burning to the Environment
Gas logs are very clean burning and don't produce many particulates.
   
 
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Beautiful Display
Gas logs are realistic looking and make a display that is very cozy even when the gas logs are NOT on.
   
 
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Not Near As Much Work
No more lugging in the firewood and no more cleaning out the ash and debris from the firebox after a wood burning fire.   This is ideal for older people who may have difficulty in carrying in the heavy wood or bending down to clean out the fireplace.
   
 
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Nearly NO Maintenance Required
Gas logs produce only a film of carbon with no creosote build-up in the flue, which means that your chimney is not required as often to be cleaned as wood-burning fireplaces.   Creosote is the by-product of burning wood.   So if you are not burning wood you should never have creosote build up.   The creosote oil after building up is what fuels the chimney fires.   However, gas fireplaces should inspected for primarily potential safety issues, cleaning maintenance and repairs should be done if and when it is necessary.
   
 
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Rodent and Insect Free
Woodpiles can attract termites, other insects and rodents which is NOT a problem with gas logs.   On a similar note, woodpiles should never be located up against a house.
   
 
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No Hassle Mess
You never have to clean out the debris, ash and creosote from the fireplace.
   
 
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Available Space
Not everybody has the space in the backyard for a cord of wood.   Also, a lot of homeowner associations do not permit woodpiles.
   
 
   
 

Disadvantages Of Gas Logs

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Heat Loss From The Home
Building Code and manufacturers' instructions require that the fireplace damper be locked permanently in a FULLY open position.   Not having glass doors on the front of your fireplace, an open damper is equivalent to an open window and you will lose heat from your home during the winter.
   
 
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Less Heat Generated
Gas logs do not produce the heat that burning wood does.
   
 
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Dependency On The Utility Company
Gas logs mean that you ARE dependent on your utility company for natural gas or the propane company for propane.
   
 
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No Crackling Sound
Gas log sets have a VERY realistic look, but they do NOT produce that wood crackling sound that most of us enjoy.
   
 
   
 
        You need the proper size gas log set for your fireplace.   If the set is too big you run the risk of having the CO coming into the living area.   Too small and it just won't look as good as it should.   The following points of measurement will help to assist in determining what size you'll need.

 
Measuring For Gas Log Set
   1.  Firebox Front Width    4. Firebox Height
      
   2.  Firebox Back Width    5. Gas Location; Left side, Right side, Rear, or Floor
      
   3.  Firebox Depth    6. Type of Gas: Natural or L.P. (Propane)
      
      

A Final Note

        The decision for gas logs does NOT have to be a hard one, once you know ALL the facts.   There are many factors to take into consideration in deciding between burning wood or gas logs.

 
        In closing, when gas logs are installed and used correctly, they will bring you endless hours of pleasure.   And no trips to the wood pile!

 
 
        If you would like to schedule an appointment with our company the following TIPS  will help assist in the completion of your scheduled appointment.

(Source:   CSIA, NCSG, CCP, GSCSG, NFI, PERC, NFPA, PFI, AGA, HPBA, FIRES, USFA, Cal/OSHA )   External Links


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