Homeowners enjoy the snap, crackle and pop of natural wood. This comes from the sap inside the wood. However, sap can be unpredictable and unsafe due to flying embers. Wood smoke and ash can stain hands and clothing. The odor of some wood smoke is so unpleasant that family members will not want to wear clothes with the smell to work, school, or while dating.
Aside from aesthetics, homeowners will also want to consider cost, practicality, ease of use, and safety when choosing fireplaces. While the home may already be equipped with a wood unit, propane fireplaces may be a more practical and safer choice.
The Problem with Wood
While undoubtedly appealing, wood logs pose safety problems, especially when a homeowner attempts to extinguish the fire. A wood fire can never be left unattended. Instead, the fire must be monitored and left to die down on its own. A propane fireplace is simply turned off and the ceramic logs will quickly cool.
A wood fire cannot be turned down once it builds to a roar. Often, the room can overheat. Owners of propane gas logs in Greenville, SC can quickly learn to adjust the flame height so rooms never overheat and also won’t waste fuel. This ensures that rooms are always a pleasant temperature. Wet wood can be problematic because it is difficult to light. The fire will emit an unpleasant odor and smoke could linger for months in the home. This is never a problem with gas logs.
Fireplaces Powered by Propane Gas Logs
With wood stoves and fireplaces, homeowners will need to spend many hours cleaning the chimney and stove, or pay a skilled workman to do this labor. Propane logs mean a safer, maintenance-free chimney. Now, homeowners no longer have to worry about storing wood in sheds or keeping stacks of wood dry.
When purchasing a propane fireplace, homeowners need to be sure to confirm that it has the Underwriter’s Laboratory gas-fired mark, and check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure no issues exist with the product that they are considering. Such fireplaces and propane gas logs are available from companies like Buchanan Fire and Outdoor.
Ask the vendor if the fireplace has a built-in pilot light. Choose a BTU (British Thermal Unit) that is appropriate for the room where the unit is to be placed and the use for which it is being purchased.
Modern technology has enabled manufacturers of propane logs to build many colors and styles of ceramic logs to suit any décor for today’s homeowners. These realistic logs even have a charred look that can fool the most discerning of guests
How to Select the Right Propane Fireplace, SF Gate
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