Gas logs can be a convenient and efficient way to fuel your fireplace. They offer a warm, realistic glow and can be turned on with the flip of a switch or the push of a button. On top of that, gas logs can give you more flexibility in installing a fireplace, as certain types of gas logs don’t require a chimney. If you’re interested in installing as logs into a new or existing fireplace, A to Z’s chimney professionals can help walk you through the many choices you’ll have.
Here in California, we sell only vented gas logs. Fortunately, vented gas logs come with a host of advantages. With vented gas logs, your fireplace will operate just like a traditional wood-burning fireplace. As the logs burn, air will be pulled into the fireplace to fuel the flames, and the smoke from the fire will travel up the chimney. Vented gas logs generally offer a realistic look, closely resembling a traditional wood fire. The flames from vented gas logs are yellow and dance around the logs in a realistic fashion. The logs come in a variety of styles to look like different varieties of wood. Because they are vented through the chimney, vented gas logs won’t return as much heat to your home, and they will bring about the need for regular chimney cleanings and inspections.
Vent-free gas logs are an option in some states, but they are not sold in California due to possible safety concerns that they negatively impact indoor air quality.
Gas log sizing
The size of your gas log set generally will be determined by the size of your fireplace. While it may seem appealing to install a set of gas logs big enough to fill your entire firebox, that brings with it some safety concerns. When gas logs don’t have adequate clearance within the fireplace, there is the potential for overheating. When gas logs overheat, it can cause the system to malfunction and fail, and it can put your home at risk of a fire. Of course, if you’re installing a new fireplace to go with your gas logs and you pick out both at the same time, you’ll have more control over the size of the log set.
Gas log installation
Gas log installation will require some professional work. First, a gas line will need to be run to your fireplace. If you have an existing chimney, you will need to have a professional chimney expert examine it to make sure it is suited to your gas logs. You also may want to have the fireplace wired to a switch.
If you’re ready to make the switch to a gas-log fireplace and live around Sacramento, call the experts at A to Z. We’ll help walk you through all of your gas log options to make the right choice for your home.