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Make an Informed Decision About Gas Logs

Winter is descending on Greeneville County and the Festival of Trees is just around the corner. Families are heading out for ice skating excursions and then out on the town for some of Greenville’s fantastic local events. What’s better after a day out on the town then getting the family together around the fireplace and talking about the family’s plans for the rest of the season?

If you have an indoor fireplace, it’s the perfect time of the season to get it in order. And if you have a traditional fireplace, but you’re thinking of transitioning to a gas log system, it’s not too late to go shopping. Here are some things you need to know as you explore your options.  

Liquid Propane or Natural Gas

This option is largely up to you and based on if you’re using your house’s gas hookup or external tanks to fuel the log. Each option has advantages and drawbacks

  • Natural Gas: Comes at a lower price point and if your house is already set up to use natural gas, installation is simplified. The gas dissipates following combustion. If you’re not already using natural gas for your appliances, however, it can be difficult – and in some places impossible – to have gas service lines run to your residence.
  • Liquid Propane: Burns hotter than natural gas, and can be installed as a standalone option, regardless if the house already has natural gas lines. However, propane gas logs do come at a higher price point and require installation of a dedicated tank and contractual service to keep it filled.

Vented or Ventless Gas Logs

This decision is based on the setup of your fireplace or the type of firebox you look to have installed if this is a new installation. Here are some reasons you might want to consider each option.

  • Vented Logs: These systems provide a less expensive option and are ideal for those looking for ambiance as vented flames burn with a more realistic yellow flame and don’t require a carbon monoxide detector. However, vented logs require the open damper of a chimney and simultaneously use slightly more fuel with lower heat output.
  • Ventless Logs: This option provides increased heat output at higher efficiencies with no requirement to vent. The flame produced though is blue and less visually impactful and the use of ventless systems also increases moisture in the air and requires an open window and an oxygen depletion system and carbon monoxide to be installed to maintain safe oxygen levels in the space.

Contact Greenville’s Fireplace Experts to Learn About Options

There are a number of other factors to consider in gas logs, such as the size of the log to be installed, methods to control the flow of the gas, and other considerations. The team at Buchanan Fire and Outdoor has been helping the Greenville, SC community learn about installation options for their outdoor and indoor fireplace needs for 40 years. If you’re local, visit our store in Travelers Rest and to check out the options. We work with clients nationally as well, and can be contacted online or all of your needs.

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