5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Gas Log Set

Category: Fireplace

Gas log sets are decorative gas devices that look like a real fire that is burning wood. Gas log sets are typically used to modernize or renovate an old-fashioned wood-burning fireplace and add more contemporary features like remote controls or automatic ignitions.

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There are mainly two types of gas log sets: vent-free gas log sets and vented gas log sets. A vented gas log is used in a standard fireplace made to burn a wood fire. Traditional fireplaces and prefabricated vent-free fireboxes without chimneys accept vent-free gas logs for use.

More people are switching to modern gas log sets for their outdated wood fireplaces. These gas appliances are practical and reasonably priced, but with so many configuration options, choosing which model is good for your house can be challenging. So we created this useful guide to highlight some of the most significant differences between various types of gas log sets.

5 Things to Consider

Every homeowner should think about switching from conventional wood logs. Alternatives that are safer, more affordable, and clean-burning are gas logs. By using gas fire logs, you can save money, enhance indoor air quality, and preserve the environment. This guide offers five important factors you should consider when choosing a gas log set for your home.

1. Venting Options

Vented and vent-free systems are the two main categories for gas logs. A working wood-burning fireplace is necessary for vented log sets. Most heat is released through the chimney along with exhaust and combustion byproducts. Comparing the vented system to its ventless counterpart, the flame in the vented system appears more realistic and natural. The fireplace must be certified for a ventless log set for vent-free sets. They generate a bluish flame that amplifies the heat in your house.

Advantages of Vented Gas Log

The customary practice in the industry. Venting is typically already present in wood-burning fireplaces. Offers a more realistic flame presence and perhaps larger flames.

Advantages of Vent-Free Gas Log

These can be installed without venting in an authorized enclosure. Potentially higher heat output because there is no heat loss through venting. To ensure safety, oxygen depletion sensors track the oxygen level in space.

Given that the use of vent-free systems is prohibited in some cities, the installation may be governed by regional building codes.

2. Size of the Gas Log

The type of gas log sets you can purchase depends heavily on the size of your fireplace. Logs that are sized incorrectly can cause your firebox and gas valves to damage and overheat permanently. The gas fireplace's front, back, depth, and height should all be carefully measured. Before buying your set, always consider the manufacturer's advised clearance.

3. Fuel Type

Both propane and natural gas are acceptable fuel sources for gas logs. Your decision is already made if your house is connected to a natural gas line. They are used widely across the country, so natural gas sets are more common. You might have to choose the fuel type to use if there isn't a gas line installed yet. You should look into the energy usage of your home's other appliances, such as the water heater.

Homes in urban areas are typically natural gas-equipped, while those in rural areas use propane for their appliances.

There is a choice of propane and natural gas. Select the appropriate log set after considering the different gas types you can use. To ensure that the gas line size and BTU requirements are met, consult a nearby gas plumber. Propane is more expensive than natural gas.

4. Means of Flame Control

The four fundamental options for controlling the flame on a gas log set are the manual safety pilot, millivolt, variable, and electronic ignition valve.

Gas log sets with a manual safety pilot assembly, and an upgrade from match light systems, make the ignition process easier. You will manually light the pilot after mounting the pilot assembly on or close to the burner. The pilot is now free to operate continuously as a "standing" pilot. The gas valve is opened by turning the ignition knob, allowing the pilot light to start the flames.

The millivolt valve's remote-control system allows you to operate the logs while maintaining a standing pilot. The variable valve lets you control the flame height and turn it on and off the logs with remote control.

The electronic ignition system gives you complete remote control over the logs. You can activate and deactivate the pilot using the remote control without ever touching the control knob. Additionally, you can change the flame height and turn on and off the logs.

5. Gas Logs Styles and Materials

Ceramic fiber or refractory ceramic are both used to make gas logs. Manufacturers use wood molds to make composites that resemble real wood as closely as possible. Refractory ceramic logs will last a lot longer and, in contrast to fiber gas logs, won't degrade and develop an odd smell over time. Your taste and preferences play a major role in determining your gas log style. In general, choose vented options if you prefer the flame's appearance. Opt for vent-free systems when heating a space. Premium brands with various flame options and accessories that crackle are another option.

Gas Logs Safety Concerns

Most municipalities don't need special permission to install a gas log set, but some do. The United States of America has strict requirements for what it will accept. Before buying a new gas log set, you should always check with your local city or township to see if any requirements must be followed. Before they pass the inspection, your city might require a RADCO, AGA, ANSI, or CSA approval.

Every gas log set we sell will have the approval listed if it has one; however, some don't. The company hasn't tested this specific set of logs with an outside testing company, but that doesn't mean they aren't secure. You'll discover that a gas log set with a label from RADCO, AGA, etc., will cost more than an otherwise unapproved set. If you have a choice, you shouldn't pay the extra money if your town doesn't require approval.

RADCO: RADCO stands for Resources, Applications, Designs, and Controls (testing lab). The safety of gas logs is tested by RADCO approval. Therefore, the log set does not always require a safety pilot assembly.

ANSI or AGA: American National Standards Institute is referred to as ANSI. It is a standard organization that approves the creation of standards for many other products in the US, including gas hearth products. Only if the gas log set has a factory-installed safety pilot assembly is it approved by the AGA or ANSI standard.

CGA: The CGA, or Canadian Gas Association, is a standards body for Canada that approves and maintains the country's gas safety standards.

Setting the right mood in your space can be accomplished by selecting the best gas log set. They offer the necessary heat for your home and are more environmentally friendly and cost-effective than wood logs.

Your existing fireplace can be revitalized and transformed into a more practical and cost-effective heating option with the help of gas log sets. Find a gas log set that suits your preferences and take advantage of the many advantages a gas log set has to offer. The efficiency and reliability of a gas log set are only surpassed by its convenience and efficiency.

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