Q&A Gas log fireplaces

QandA Posted By QandA, Sep 2, 2006 at 12:57 AM

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    Nov 27, 2012

    I am about to build a house. I am wondering if gas log fire places really heat a room? How efficient are they at putting heat into the room? I do not want an unvented one. Please let me know the pros and cons, and if wood would be better.


    An open gas log fireplace will not heat the room well. But a sealed unit, commonly called "Direct Vent" can produce quite a bit of heat. The better units even can operate from a thermostat, allowing control of the heat. These units have high efficiencies, in the area of 60% to 80%. The choice of wood or gas is more of a lifestyle choice..do you enjoy cutting and stacking wood? The smell of a woodfire? Gas cannot duplicate these things...but it CAN heat your room and home.
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