Have you always wanted to enjoy the benefits of a wooden fireplace, but not been keen on the idea of maintaining it? A gas log fire could be the perfect solution for you, replicating the look and ambience of a traditional wooden fireplace without the need to burn through piles of firewood.
What Are the Benefits of Gas Fireplaces, Over Other Methods?
First, gas fireplaces can be fired up immediately, to warm up the home as soon as you need it. Likewise, it can also be switched off easily, so you do not need to be concerned about a potential fire hazard when going to bed or leaving the home. There are also a range of options to fill your gas heaters with, such as ceramic logs, stones or coals, and a choice between real or simulated fireplaces. The fact that you don’t have to store wood or clean up after is also a huge advantage that gas fireplaces have over wood burning ones. The fact that you’re not dealing with the smoke created by wood also allows for better air quality.
If you love the look of traditional fireplaces but want all the benefits of gas fireplaces listed above, the perfect solution for you is gas log fires. Gas log fires use ceramic logs to replicate the look of a wood burning fireplace, and also emits the cosy glow that makes huddling around the fireplace so good. Ceramic logs can be manufactured to look like various types of wood, depending on what look you are going for. Something classic? Then oak is the answer for you. Or maybe you want a laidback look – go for driftwood.
How Exactly Do Gas Logs Work?
Gas log fires either run on liquid propane or natural gas. Liquid propane can create hotter temperatures but requires a propane tank. If you are already using natural gas, then a natural gas log fireplace is best for you.
Before buying your logs, see if your fireplace is vented or ventless, as different logs are suitable for each. Vented gas fireplaces create the most realistic look with yellowish flames, and require a chimney or flue to exhaust carbon monoxide. If you already have a fireplace in your home, it’ll be easy to install a vented gas fireplace into the existing structure. However, vented gas fireplaces are less energy-efficient due to the process of having to emit fumes, meaning it’s not the best option for the cost-conscious. You might also need a secondary form of heating to make up for any heat loss.
Ventless gas fireplaces, on the other hand, don’t lose as much heat and therefore warm up your home more effectively. Requiring no flues, chimneys or pipes, ventless gas logs are easier to install than their vented counterparts. However, ventless gas fireplaces sometimes aren’t as visually stunning as vented ones, with less realistic flames, often in a blue colour due to the gas. If you prioritise functionality over appearances, ventless gas fireplaces are a better option than vented. Also bear in mind that because there are no flues, other ventilation is essential to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide.
If you’re now convinced that you want a gas log fireplace, how do you go about actually getting one into your home? Enlist the help of qualified gas fireplace professionals to install your initial fireplace system or to survey whether your existing fireplace can be fitted out with gas amenities. If installing your own gas logs, wear gloves when handling, as they can irritate the skin.
There’s nothing like cosying up to a warm fireplace on a chilly winter evening, or enjoying your morning cup of tea next to the fireplace. Traditional wood burning fireplaces, however, are a hassle to maintain because of the stockpile of wood that you need to keep and the frequent cleaning required. If you want to bypass the hassle altogether, electric fireplaces allow you to do so, but completely skimp on the glow of the fire that you love. This makes gas log fireplaces the ideal solution for most homes, as you get the ambience and homely warmth of a traditional fireplace, but with the time and energy-saving benefits of modern technology.
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