As many people turn to gas fireplaces as an excellent, environmentally-friendly, safe and efficient means of heating the home, there are still questions people have about them. Among the most common of these is the question of what these logs are made of, and how they are constructed.
It’s honorable to want to be responsible and eco-sensitive, but you should know that gas logs are as eco-friendly in the materials they use as they are in the efficiency of their burn. Let’s examine the process of making gas logs, what they’re constructed from and why vent free gas logs are an outstanding choice for your home and hearth.
The majority of gas logs are made from either cement or ceramic. These are special mixtures which have been specially designed to stand up against high heat and years of exposure. Some of these logs are steel reinforced inside, which further increases the strength of the log, and stops it from cracking and bending under stress.
Many consumable fireplace logs are made from recycled sawdust, organic oil and waxes, and other wood and paper products, even from recycled coffee grounds. These logs, however, are not something you’d want to use in your gas fireplace. They’re for wood burning fireplaces and ovens.
Gas logs, for the most part, are made simply through the use of molds, just like any other molded sculpture. It takes a great deal of artisanship and craftsmanship to create them. It starts with a detailed carving that closely resembles real wood, right down to the wood grain. In fact, the best gas log sets don’t just represent generic wood, but specific varieties such as birch, oak, pine, or even driftwood, for maximum realism in different environments.
After the initial carving is made, molds are created by making a negative impression of the carving. Once the molds are complete, thousands of logs can be created simply by pouring the ceramic or concrete mixture into them, and letting it set up.
Ceramic and concrete logs don’t burn, though they are generally made to look as if they’re burning. That means they’re not wasteful–you’re not consuming non-renewable resources by using them. Rather, the fire works on natural gas, which is a renewable resource and is exceptionally clean burning.
That means they don’t put the level of toxins and pollutants into the atmosphere that wood burning does. It also means they’re low maintenance and require very little in the way of cleanup. Just turn the gas on and off, and enjoy your natural-looking but eco-friendly fireplace.
Vent free gas logs are a great option for your fireplace, and many formerly wood-burning hearths can even be converted to gas log fire boxes. Emberside can help you learn all you need to know about vent free fireplaces. Just check out our product listing, and get in touch with us for more information today.