Conversion to Gas Logs

Picture this: The sweet aroma of eucalyptus surrounding the room as you are cozily tucked in a bearskin blanket; you’re drinking a glass of milk and munching on oatmeal cookies with the perfect Christmas song playing in the background;  reminiscing everything that happened over the years while you sit by the fireplace – an awe-inspiring moment. Wouldn’t you want to enjoy that kind of lifestyle without having to worry about constantly changing, hauling and chopping wood to put into the fireplace? Wouldn’t you want to make sure there is enough heat inside the house?

We need logs to keep the fire burning. Wood is affordable and can sometimes be taken out of your own backyard if you live in rural places. However, it takes the right amount of moisture and humidity in it to make sure that the combustion residue and carbon monoxide are reduced to a minimum so that people will be safe inside the home. Because of this, people have come up with more convenient ways to relax and enjoy their fireplaces. Technology has made this possible. Now there are what we call gas logs.

Gas logs offer a convenient and less messy alternative to traditional masonry fireplaces.

Gas logs offer a convenient and less messy alternative to traditional masonry fireplaces.

Gas logs are open flame appliances with manufactured ceramic fiber logs placed over a burner to provide a realistic dramatization of actual traditional flame. It uses either natural gas or propane. They are now trending in numerous homes. People would rather enjoy the benefits and accept the consequences of this technology than to constantly stress themselves with producing the right amount of wood needed for the entire season, not to mention the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Exploring Your Options

There are two categories for Gas Logs. There are Vented Gas Logs and Vent-Free Gas Logs both having its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Vented Gas Logs give a realistic approach to people who admire the ambiance and serenity it brings. It is also budget-friendly and convenient in a way that they have adjustable flame control systems and remote control ignitions to start up the fire. The damper of the fireplace needs to be opened so the disturbing odor that accumulates can directly go up the chimney and out to free open air. On the downside, just like wood, with the open combustion system it naturally has, it will most likely contain a minimal amount of hazardous materials that can threaten our lives. It also needs more gas than usual.

Vent-Free Gas Logs are designed to produce hot flame that result nearly in complete fuel combustion. It can decrease the level of carbon monoxide and soot. It burns gas cleanly and produces no exhaust at all. The damper does not need to be opened and a minimal supply of natural gas is needed. If you are planning to get one of these, make sure that there is a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. It does not have the same roaring-effect of realistic flame like that of vented gas logs but it can assure that there is just the right amount of heat produced. This too has its disadvantages. Since there is no vent included, the by-products used are directed back to the air you breathe. It has this distinct odor of burning kerosene. So for people who are sensitive to smell, this can be dangerous. Also, if not properly cleaned, the residue left after burning these logs will result to molds and mildew.

You can only get the very best of these logs if you secure them from Aelite Chimney Specialties. They will be able to provide you with the best vented and vent-free gas logs that are safe, efficient, and convenient – only the best that their industry has produced to date.