Gas Log Advantages and 3 Things to Consider When Purchasing December 11, 2013

Gas logs have many advantages over traditional wood burning solutions. BBQ Outfitters has been selling top of the line gas log and fireplace solutions for more than 10 years. We have worked with many of the leading gas log manufacturers and have learned a tremendous amount about these products. It is important to us to be sure that we are providing the best recommendations for this product.

The gas log solution is not one that you want to change year after year. You want to be 100% satisfied and happy with your choice, so researching the products and speaking with experts is highly recommended.

For a fireplace traditionalist, nothing can replace a wood-burning fireplace, however we know what kind of upkeep, maintenance and mess they make. They also do pose a higher safety and fire risk, especially for families that have little children. The other downside to wood burning fireplaces is the supply of the wood. Depending on how much you use the fireplace, you will have to have an area to store your wood so that takes space, there is that added cost. People that have wood burning ten to not utilize their fireplace as much because of some of these issues, whereby a gas log burning fireplace gives you the ease of use, low cost, and the added beauty to the room.

Gas logs have many advantages. They're maintenance-free, come in a variety of styles and are easy-to-install. They also pose fewer fire risks and put out twice the heat of wood in some cases. But the added beauty and longevity of the gas logs makes the investment very well worth it.

Here are a couple areas that you should consider when making the move to a gas log environment.

Vented or Non-Vented

This is very straight forward. Vented logs require an open chimney flue or damper. They simulate a true wood burning fire however they do not radiate as much heat as non vented logs as some of the heat escapes up the chimney. So depending on the fireplace design, the size of the gas logs, you will experience a variance in the amount of heat. So, if you are not looking at this as a home heating option then vented is the solution. Vented solutions are more realistic than vent free .

Vent-free logs, which operate with the chimney flue closed, and are a true heat source for the room. Since they operate with a closed damper, if installed in the chimney, all the heat is radiated to the room. Vent free solutions are basically a radiated heat source. You will not get the roaring fire effect you see from a traditional wood burning or a vented gas log solutions. You wont see the high flame. You basically control it as a room heat source.

You will need to check with you local building code to be sure what is and is not allowed in a home and in which areas of the home as well.

Both of these come in all types of sizes, shapes and wood styles. Once you decide on the type then take a look at the various styles, wood types to see what you prefer to add to your home.

Natural Gas and Liquid Propane

You will need to determine your fuel source

Do you currently have a fireplace that you are transforming and have an existing natural gas line?
Are you going to be building a new fireplace and will be adding a gas line?
Do you not have a natural gas source to your home and wont be able to, then LP will be the only source for you.
LP burns hotter than natural gas but it is more costly and higher maintenance to change out empty fuel tanks.


How to Start the Gas Logs

Gas logs can be started by several methods.

1. Match Light Method - this is done by placing a match or lighting source next to the burner, turning on the gas and igniting the flame.

2. Manual Safety Pilot - This is similar to a hot water heater where the pilot is always burning. You start it by turning a control valve in the fireplace to the desired amount of flame and heat.

3. Remote Control - This gives you full control from anywhere int he room to start and stop the gas logs, control the the amount of gas, heat and amount of flame. This is the most expensive solution. The Hargrove safety feature shuts off gas flow to the system if the pilot is extinguished and the valve body is optimally placed for long lasting performance of the remote control unit.

So talk with the experts that work with these options everyday. Let them explain in full detail the advantages. Let them ask you questions and give you straight honest answers based on your particular situation. Be very pleased with your purchase and enjoy the beautiful environment these add to your home.