When we asked some eFireplaceStore.com customers recently what their most pressing concerns were when presented with the process of selecting gas logs online, the results surprised us. We expected mostly technical questions, but what we heard were statements like "I don't know how to get started", "All of the gas logs look the same", and "I'm afraid that I'll choose the wrong gas logs and I won't be able to use them or they won't work right". After considering our customers' concerns, we decided the best approach was to provide a simple, straightforward walkthrough to take the guesswork out of the process of choosing the perfect gas logs. The good news is that if you're reading this, then that walkthrough is exactly what you've found! Without further delay, then, let's get started.
This part of choosing gas logs for your home is fairly simple, and many customers already have a fuel source in mind when they begin shopping. For those who don't, however, let's take a side-by-side look at the good and bad points of each fuel commonly used with almost all gas logs: natural gas and liquid propane.
|Natural Gas||Liquid Propane|
When deciding on which gas log fuel source is right for your home, remember this – natural gas service is not available everywhere and neither natural gas nor liquid propane are practical in every situation. Gas logs are almost always installed by a plumber or contracted gas log professional, so contact your local natural gas service provider or a local propane dealer before you purchase any gas logs.
Now that you’ve solved your fuel dilemma we can tackle the other major question: which gas logs make more sense in your home – vented gas logs or ventless? Once again, this doesn’t need to be as intimidating a question as it can sometimes seem, but you do need to have your facts straight before you make a decision.
The basic principle separating the two types of gas logs is that (not surprisingly) vented gas logs require some means of venting the combustion by-products and exhaust resulting from the burning of any kind of fuel, and ventless or vent-free gas logs do not. In practical terms this means that lots of things (including some heat) go up the chimney or out the vent pipe when using vented gas logs, and almost everything (especially heat) is contained in the home when dealing with vent-free logs. Let’s take another side-by-side look to compare the two types:
|Vented Gas Logs||Ventless (Vent-free) Gas Logs|
As you can see, there are positive and negative aspects to both vented and ventless (vent-free) gas logs. Every home and every homeowner has different requirements. Bear in mind that there are legal requirements involved with either type of gas logs in many municipalities, so check with your local gas and housing authorities before purchasing. After that, though, the above information should give you a good indication as to where to begin when choosing the right gas logs for you.