When you and your family sit in front of the fireplace talking, enjoying each other’s company, perhaps watching TV or playing Monopoly, are you thinking about the condition of your fireplace logs? Probably not. But the beauty and condition of your fireplace logs will affect your enjoyment of them. If you choose to replace your gas logs, you will need to know more about replacement gas fireplace logs.
One factor that impacts how long your gas logs will last is the material they are made from. Gas logs are commonly made of two materials, concrete or ceramic. Concrete logs, also called refractory logs, are frequently purchased by homeowners because they can be formed to mimic the appearance of natural logs. They are made from heat-resistant concrete and can be purchased at most any home center or retail store that sells home supplies. With concrete logs, you get what you pay for. Cheap concrete logs will crack or crumble in as little as two to three years. Also, their appearance may fade or the paint may disintegrate sooner than ceramic.
Ceramic logs can be made in two ways, of ceramic fibers or of ceramic clay. They look less natural than the cement logs, but they last longer because they handle the temperature variations better than cement and create less combustion waste that may clog your burners. Ceramic clay logs can last as long as 10 years or more depending on the frequency of use, but most will last at least three to five years. Ceramic logs are popular because of the way they glow after 15 minutes of use.
The long and short of it is, the quality and composition of your logs will affect how often you replace them, as well as how often you use your fireplace. A high quality gas log set used a few times each winter should last several years. But, if the appearance of your logs is no longer pleasing to you, you should consider replacing them sooner.
Gas logs come in two types, vent-free and vented. Vent-free gas logs are the most versatile, as they can even be installed in a home without a chimney or a flue. All that is needed is a space to place a firebox. Of course, you can install them in a previously fire-burning chimney or to replace a vented log set, but you never need to open the damper.
Vented gas logs can be used in formerly wood-burning fireplaces with a chimney. They require a flue to vent the gas logs, and the damper must be open during use.
Vent-free gas logs typically cost more than vented logs, which may be a consideration for you.
Once you have chosen vented or vent-free logs, you must then choose the log material (concrete or ceramic), the log style, log size and appearance. Those choices sound simple, but the reality is that there are so many beautiful sets to choose from. In addition to your logs, you can also purchase accessories such as glowing embers or lava rock.
Emberside can help you determine which replacement gas fireplace logs will work for your home, your lifestyle, and to fulfill your desires for a comfortable living area.