What Are The Best Fireplace Doors For Gas Logs?
Gas fireplace logs are designed to add ambiance to your wood-burning fireplace. They are crafted to resemble actual wood pieces in a variety of styles. Fine artistry and intricate details can be enjoyed in every one of these fireplace accessories as they enhance your fireside experience. Are they appropriate for your fireplace application and doors, though? Let's find out!
There are two different types of gas logs:
- Vented gas logs are designed to be used in a fireplace that is capable of burning wood and is directly connected to a chimney (better known as a masonry fireplace). These ceramic logs use the natural airflow in your fireplace to get rid of combustion gases from the fire. When the gas logs are in use, the chimney damper must be in the full open position, allowing 100% of the exhaust (carbon dioxide and water) to be directed up the flue and out of the house. Because of the damper position requirement, the use of masonry fireplace glass doors is required with a vented gas log setup.
- Ventless gas logs are a little less strict when it comes to the type of fireplace that they can be used with. Vent-free models can be used in either a full masonry fireplace with the damper partially open or completely shut. They can also be used in a rated-unvented, prefabricated fireplace. Due to the fact that much of the exhaust from a fire typically enters your living space instead of exiting via the chimney, ventless gas logs are designed to burn cleaner than their vented counterparts. You won't have to worry about fumes entering your living space with these particular accessories. The vent-free log sets are compatible with any zero-clearance fireplace doors.
Regardless if you have vented gas logs in your masonry fireplace, or vent-free logs in your prefabricated unit, your fireplace doors should always been open and the mesh screens closed when using your gas logs. This promotes adequate air flow to the gas logs. Keeping your fireplace doors shut while your gas logs are in use can lead to overheating of these decorative pieces and cause damage to them and your fireplace.
Always remember to read and follow the instructions located in the owner's manuals for both your fireplace and gas log set!
Last updated on August 27th 2018.
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