Choosing the right gas fireplace log set for your home depends on multiple factors such as the size of your fireplace, what you want most from your fireplace and whether your home includes a fireplace with a working chimney. Let’s take a look at these factors in a little more depth to help you decide on the best log set for you.
In the case of the size of your gas log set, size does actually matter since the logs do need to fit inside your fireplace. Measure the front width of your fireplace, the back width and the depth in order to find out what size you need. The size of most log sets is based on the length of the longest log, which is typically the front log. Lengths most commonly range from 18 inches to 30 inches.
When selecting the right gas fireplace log set for your home, you also have a choice between a few different materials. The most common materials for gas logs are ceramic and refractory cement. Ceramic gas logs may change color over time if you burn them often, but they are less likely to crack under the immense heat. Refractory cement logs are less likely to change color, but they are more apt to crack under stress than ceramic logs.
Therefore, when selecting the material of your logs, it comes down to whether you value aesthetics or durability more. If you care more about the appearance of your logs, you may prefer refractory cement. If you value durability over lasting beauty, ceramic logs might be your better choice.
Vented gas logs require your fireplace to have a chimney or vent to regulate the airflow. Vented gas logs are designed to look beautifully realistic. Their tall flames touch the logs and look like a real wood fire. Because they require an operational chimney, you don’t need an oxygen depletion system or a carbon dioxide detector. For all their beauty, however, they are less heat efficient than unvented gas logs since some of the heat escapes through the vent.
Unvented, or vent-free, gas logs work with fireplaces with and without operational chimneys. If you use unvented logs in a fireplace with a chimney, you simply keep the flue damper shut. These logs are designed for maximum heat and energy efficiency. They are 30-40% more efficient than the majority of home furnaces since they are 99% energy efficient. Additionally, they consume much less gas than vented logs.
This increase in heat and energy efficiency does come with a price, however. The logs don’t have embers that glow, and the fire produces short flames that don’t reach the logs. Because of this, they don’t look as realistic as vented gas logs do.
Here at Emberside, we have a variety of gas log sets along with many of your other fireplace needs. Now that you have a better idea of what the right gas fireplace log set is for you, take a look at our selection.