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Vented vs. Vent-Free Gas Logs

The main distinction between vented gas logs and vent-free gas logs is that vent-free gas logs keep significantly more heat inside your home because they can be operated with the chimney damper closed. Vent-free Gas Logs provide warmth before ambiance.

Vented Gas Logs create a flame that is strikingly similar to a real wood fire flame. The chimney damper must be kept fully open during operation, which results in less efficiency than a ventless gas log offers. Vented Gas Logs produce a more attractive, realistic flame and natural, ambient firelight.

The differences between gas logs

Long days at work, trips to the gym, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and a dozen other errands. Sound familiar? Given our hectic schedules these days, who has time to gather and prepare wood, light and stoke a fire, and clean up afterward?

Not many of us. That's exactly why gas logs are an increasingly popular option. Even with our busy lives, gas logs let us sit back and enjoy the timeless tradition of a real fire in the fireplace. Gas logs are easy to use, inexpensive to install, and require no maintenance. It's easy to see why people want gas logs in their homes. But choosing between vented gas logs and vent-free gas logs can be a little less clear. Here is some information that should help you decide.

Benefits of Vented Gas Logs

Vented gas logs deliver the enchanting beauty and realism of a classic wood fire. The flames are dynamic and bright orange and yellow in color. These gas logs offer glowing ember beds to enhance the ambiance of your fire.

Requirements for Vented Gas Logs

Vented gas logs require a fully functional chimney or damper in order to work safely and properly. The damper must always be fully opened when the gas log is lit. Basically, these gas logs require the same ventilation that a real wood fire does.

Benefits of Vent-free Gas Logs

The principal advantage of a vent-free gas log is that it is nearly 100% efficient. Vent-free gas logs keep almost all the heat inside your home, right where you want it, because no ventilation is necessary. This also means that you can add vent-free gas logs to any home, even to homes without fireplaces. Vent-free gas logs can provide emergency heating during power outages, as they don't require any electricity. These gas logs offer highly efficient, cost-effective heating and they are easy to install.

Requirements for Vent-free Gas Logs

The requirements for vent-free gas logs are minimal. For the most part, all you need is access to natural gas or liquid propane in order to fuel the gas log. Like vented gas logs, vent-free gas logs also require a gas line directly to your fireplace. The difference with vent-free gas logs is that they don't require a chimney or damper.

Be sure to ask your local fuel provider about the regulations, if any, regarding the installation of vent-free gas logs in your area.