Many homeowners like the realistic look of the fire logs and the ease of using the gas logs, which can be operated manually using a wall switch or a remote control. Gas logs will also emit more heat than a wood burning stove. Gas logs are less expensive than gas inserts, which is helpful if you are working within a budget when upgrading your fireplace. Consult with an Alpine Hearth Specialist to learn more about our selection of log sets and the difference between vented and ventless logs.
Vented Log Sets
Vented log sets are designed for externally vented fireplaces (chimneys) and operate more closely to a real wood fire, than do vent-free logs. Operating with the damper fully open on a wood-burning fireplace, vented gas logs can be used in either masonry with an open flu and chimney or a prefabricated firebox with vent pipe. Vented gas logs do produce heat but are not as efficient as vent-free logs and use more gas.
Vent-Free/Ventless Log Sets
Vent Free logs are very efficient, burning less gas because the damper is closed which keeps the heat in the room. However, vent free logs are not as realistic as vented gas logs. Vent free logs can be used in an existing masonry or prefabricated wood-burning fireplace with the damper closed.