Where Can Gas Logs Be Installed?

There’s a trend going on right now towards replacing old-fashioned, expensive and non-eco-friendly wood burning fireplaces with more environmentally conscious and cost-saving gas logs. However, it’s unfortunately not as simple as just slapping a set of gas logs in the old fireplace and being done with it.

There are a number of factors that have to be taken into consideration, including the size of the room, the type of logs you’re installing and more. Discover some important information about gas log installation and gas fireplace conversion so you can make the best replacement choice for your home.

Gas Fireplace Conversion

When undertaking a gas fireplace conversion, it’s important that you understand the kind of logs you’re installing. First of all, gas logs are not the same as gas fireplaces. Gas fireplaces are standalone units, and installing gas logs in them can actually be very dangerous.

Rather, gas logs, both vented and ventless, are designed to be used as a gas fireplace conversion in a traditional wood-burning fireplace. There are two kinds of gas logs that can be used in this conversion: vented and vent-free or ventless. Each has benefits and drawbacks.

Gas Log Installation

Gas log installation depends heavily on the kind of fireplace or firebox you have. Vented gas logs are installed in your existing wood fireplace, and require the chimney damper to be open when they’re burned. They produce smoke and exhaust much like wood does, and as such can only be installed in approved fireplaces which are 100% capable of burning wood. With this in mind, they can be installed indoors or in outdoor fireplaces or fire pits that are up to code.

Vent-free or ventless gas logs, on the other hand, can be burned with the damper closed, as they burn much cleaner and produce little exhaust. They can be installed both in wood-burning fireplaces and in certain approved ventless fireboxes, which are non-proprietary and are specifically rated to be used with aftermarket logs. They cannot be installed in natural vent, direct vent, or ventless gas fireplaces.

How to Know if Gas Logs Are Safe

Whether or not gas logs can be installed in your home depends on a number of factors, as outlined above. You may not be sure whether you can install them in your existing fireplace. The first benchmark is this: do you have a wood burning fireplace? If not, than you may not be able to install gas logs. Check out the list below for whether your wood-burning fireplace can handle gas logs.

  • Masonry: Yes for vented or ventless
  • Prefab Wood Burners: Probably for vented, possibly for vented (ask your installer)
  • Ventless Fireplaces: No vented or ventless
  • Ventless Fireboxes: Not for vented; may be okay for ventless (ask your installer)
  • B-Vent Gas Fireplaces: No vented or ventless
  • Direct-Vent: No vented nor ventless
  • Wood or Gas Stove: No vented or ventless

If you’re uncertain whether gas log installation or gas fireplace conversion is safe or available for your home, call Emberside for more information or to schedule an appointment today!