How to Compare Gas Logs

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Gas logs make it look like there’s a beautiful fire burning in your wood burning fireplace. Some gas lots even emit heat like a fireplace does. However, gas logs omit the hassle and the mess you often experience when trying to burn real wood. Before you install gas logs in your home, check building code and regulations because some municipalities have strict regulations regarding vent-free gas logs. Compare the features of each gas logs set you see to find the one that best fits your needs.

  • Compare vented gas log sets and vent-free gas log sets. If you want gas logs to help heat your room, choose vent-free gas logs. Use vent-free gas logs in any wood burning fireplace or in an approved firebox insert. Closing the damper on your wood burning fireplace allows the heat to disperse in your room. If you want gas logs to look pretty, but you don’t care for additional heat in your room, choose vented gas logs. Using vented gas logs with your wood burning fireplace with the damper open sends the heat up the chimney instead of in your room.

  • Buy gas logs designed to fit your fireplace. Compare each size so you find the fit that more accurately fits the dimensions of your existing wood burning fireplace. Measure your fireplace to determine the front and back width, the height and the depth. Read the gas logs packaging carton to find its dimensions.

  • Find logs that look appropriate in your fireplace. Even if the insert fits in your fireplace, compare the size of the logs to make sure they fit as well. Small logs can look unrealistic in a small fireplace, and large logs in a small fireplace may not work properly. Log sizes are available in 18 inches, 24 inches, 30 inches and 36 inches.

  • Control the level of heat emitted by vent-free gas log sets when you compare control types. Manual Control allows you to turn the heat on when you want it on, and you turn it off when you want it off. Thermostatically (T-Stat) Controlled gas logs operate automatically depending on the heat setting you prefer for that particular room. However, the thermostat bulb is in the burner where it gets hot quickly, which means the gas log set stays off a majority of the time. If you want to turn the fireplace on, but the temperature is still too hot, a T-Stat Controlled fireplace will not turn on. A Remote Controlled gas log system allows you to control the vent-free gas log set with a remote control, which you usually must purchase separately. You can buy a T-State remote control or a basic On/Off remote control.

  • Use gas logs with the appropriate BTU. Compare the BTU versus the square foot of heat provided to find the gas logs set perfect for your space. You can heat 350 square feet with 10,000 BTU; 475 square feet with 15,000 BTU; 700 square feet with 20,000 BTU; 1,050 square feet with 30,000 BTU; and 1,400 square feet with 40,000 BTU.

  • View the flame pattern when you compare gas logs. Watch the gas logs operate so you can look at the height of the flame and make sure it has a realistic flame pattern.

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