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GAS LOGS - GENERAL INTRODUCTION
Gas Fireplace Logs have become very popular in the last few years. With this new popularity, however, has come the usual barrage of questions regarding these products and their uses.

Gas Logs

Gas Fireplaces Logs have become very popular in the last decade. With this new popularity, however, has come the usual barrage of questions regarding these products and their uses. First, some information common to all these types. They are all available set up for Natural Gas or LP (Propane). They all require that you have an existing wood burning fireplace with a decent chimney system installed (have a chimney sweep check your chimney and fireplace). They are all available (or standard) with multi-function safety controls to assure that unlit gas cannot be sent into the living area.

Gas Logs are available in two basic types:

Vented Logs - For use in Fireplaces with the damper open. Price Range typically from $300 to $600

Unvented Logs - For converting existing wood burning fireplaces - damper can be left fully closed or open. Price Range typically from $350 to $650

Installing your Gas Logs

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Vented Logs

Millions of vented logs are in use in fireplaces across the US. These tried and true log sets have been sold for 20 years or more, and are still the most popular type. They are available in lengths from 12” to over 60” (that’s a big fireplace !). Vented logs are the most realistic wood fire substitute made, and are available in different styles and finishes which resemble oak, birch, hickory and many other wood species. This realistic beauty comes at a price; vented logs are also the least efficient of the three types. They consume from 50,000 to 90,000 BTU/HR of Gas which costs 60 cents to $1.50 per hour (Natural Gas) and 75 cents to $1.75 per hour (LP). The efficiency is rather low, meaning that only 10% of this heat is returned to the home. The rest goes up the chimney, much like your old wood fire did....