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Common Questions and Answers About Gas Logs

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Gas fireplaces don’t use the same wood logs as wood-burning fireplaces. If you’re thinking about investing in a gas fireplace, you’ll need to purchase a set of gas logs. Gas logs are special logs that are designed for use with gas fireplaces. Below are some of the most common questions and answers about gas logs.

How Long Do Gas Logs Last?

Unlike wood logs, gas logs are reusable. They won’t burn to ash. You can continue to use them in your gas fireplace for many years. Most gas logs, in fact, last for over 10 years.

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What Maintenance Do Gas Logs Require?

Gas logs require very little maintenance. You’ll need to ensure they are properly positioned over the burner so that the flame is able to rise up and around them. You’ll also need to clean the gas logs. Neglecting to clean them will result in the accumulation of dust, which can create airborne pollution when burned. Aside from positioning and cleaning, though, gas logs don’t require much maintenance.

What Are Gas Logs Made Of?

You might be wondering what gas logs are made of. They may look like real wood logs, but they don’t contain any actual cellulose. Instead, gas logs are typically made of ceramic or cement. With a ceramic or cement construction, they can withstand extreme heat.

Do Gas Logs Require a Chimney? 

Some gas logs require a chimney, whereas others don’t. Vented gas logs, for instance, are designed for use in vented gas fireplaces, so they require a chimney. Ventless gas logs, in comparison, are designed for use in ventless gas fireplaces. Ventless gas fireplaces aren’t connected to a chimney.

Is Professional Installation Worth It?

You should absolutely get your gas logs professionally installed. It will give you peace of mind knowing that they are properly and safely installed. Attempting a do-it-yourself (DIY) installation may lead to problems. You may accidentally block the burner, or you may fail to use the right ventilation system. By investing in a professional installation service, you can avoid problems such as these.

Do Gas Logs Produce Heat?

All gas logs will produce at least some heat. With that said, ventless gas logs are more effective at heating indoor living spaces. Since they don’t require a chimney, all of the heat will radiate into the surrounding room. Vented gas logs will produce heat as well, but they are typically used more for decorative and ambiance purposes.

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