Vented vs. Vent Free? Which is Right for You?

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If you made the decision to switch to gas logs for your fireplace, you may be wondering which type is the right choice for you. Gas logs come in vented and vent free, both of which are designed for different fireplaces.

Read more about the benefits of vented and vent free gas logs here and decide which is right for you.

The Advantages of a Gas Fireplace

Traditional wood-burning fireplaces create a cozy home environment, but they can be a hassle. They’re not an efficient heat source, and they require a lot of clean up and refueling.

A gas fireplace, on the other hand, offers the ambiance and beauty of a wood-burning fireplace but require little maintenance and cleaning. Because they run off a gas line and only mimic burning would, you won’t be dealing with ashes, chopping wood, or cleaning a chimney, not to mention that they’re much safer than an open fire.

Vented Gas Logs

Vented gas logs are close to a natural fire. These sets can be installed in an existing fireplace, which makes them an efficient, clean option for those looking to replace their traditional wood-burning fireplace.

Like a wood-burning fireplace, vented gas logs use a chimney or flue to remove their carbon monoxide fumes. Because of this, vented gas logs are less efficient than vent free gas logs and allow heat to escape, so they should be installed with glass doors that hold heat.

Aside from feeling more like a wood fireplace, vented gas logs also have realistic flames and designs that add to the décor of your home. They also come in a variety of fake wood options, including driftwood and birch.

Vent Free Gas Logs

Like vented gas logs, vent free gas logs are an efficient heat source and a great alternative to a traditional wood-burning fireplace. Vent free gas logs don’t need a chimney or flue to operate, which helps them retain more heat and provide an excellent supplemental heat source.

That said, vent free gas logs don’t usually have the same realistic appearance as vented gas logs, though they do come in a variety of beautiful options. They also tend to be less expensive than vented gas logs.

Browse Our Gas Fireplace Options at Emberside

Vented and vent free gas log sets are an excellent option for those looking for more efficiency without sacrificing the look and feel of a wood-burning fireplace. Choosing between them will depend on your existing fireplace, your home heating goals, and your desired aesthetic.

Now that you know the difference between vented and vent free gas logs, you’re ready to go shopping! At Emberside, we have many varieties of vented and vent free gas logs, so you can find the set that works perfectly for your home and existing fireplace. We also offer gas fireplace replacement logs in many beautiful styles and finishes.

Call or visit us today to browse our inventory of beautiful gas fireplaces, gas log sets, and gas fireplace replacement logs!