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Vented or Vent-Free Gas Logs

Homeowners looking for a great zone heating option, a little ambiance, and minimal cost can look to a gas log set. Gas logs are growing in popularity among homeowners, business owners, and they’re even making their way into B and Bs across the country. Gas log sets offer convenience and beauty that can be realistic and affordable.

Why Choose Gas

Gas heat is growing in popularity due to the many benefits. They are great for zone heating or for a little ambiance–perfect for minimalist heating in the spring and fall or adding to the spirit of holidays and family gatherings. You can choose gas and avoid the work and mess that comes with cutting, hauling, and lighting wood, and still have the look of a wood fire. Gas log sets even offer the same convenience of gas fireplaces. They are easy to light, offer precise heat control, are safer and cool faster than wood fires, and are cheaper and easier to maintain. If you’re considering adding a gas log set to your living space, it can be installed and ready for fall when you start now. Do not leave it up to an online catalog. Speak with a professional. These products, though more affordable, lighter, and easier to install must be installed by a professional. Only a licensed dealer can guarantee their products, and only a certified chimney sweep can guarantee their work is up to code and safe for use.

Vented Gas Logs

The most realistic gas log sets available must be vented. The realistic yellow flames are the most similar to that of a real wood flame. The only drawback to the yellow flame logs is that they must be vented. Vented gas logs produce soot, smoke, and carbon monoxide. These yellow flame log sets will release hazardous gases into the living space that are harmful to your family and pets. These cannot be installed without proper ventilation. They are a popular installation when converting from wood to gas and the chimney is intact. However, the chimney flue cannot be lined with clay tile and should be appropriate for use with gas. When you use a vented gas log set, your system still needs routine maintenance. The soot and carbon produced by your new gas logs will need to be cleaned from the flue regularly.

Vent-Free Gas Logs

Vent-free gas logs are a popular option when the chimney is in disrepair or has been closed off. These gas logs have blue flames that are less realistic but still heat a space. These logs are approved for indoor installations without a chimney or vent and will not produce harmful gases even when used for extended periods of time.

The Coziest Option

At The Cozy Flame, we’re proud to offer the best gas log sets on the market. Our Hargrove gas logs offer the best price and performance possible. They are beautiful , efficient, and realistic looking with the finest detail right down to the wood and embers.

Learn more about gas log sets here or ask a Comfort Consultant today.

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Tips for Gas Fireplace Maintenance

A gas fireplace is a great option for the home fireplace because of its high efficiency and low maintenance. Its often confused with no maintenance though. This leads to problems in the long run. Homeowners should always follow the recommendations of the manufacturer and installer, when it comes to routine maintenance and upkeep of a heat appliance.

Tips for Gas Fireplace Maintenance Image - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameCheck Out These Tips

  1. Schedule an annual inspection for your gas fireplace – even if you don’t use a chimney. The vent will need to be assessed as well as the appliance. All major gas fireplace manufacturers recommend an annual inspection by a certified technician. This is to insure safety and proper operation of the appliance. A certified technician can assess the fireplace and make recommended repairs before use.
  2. Check your fireplace for proper operation monthly.
  3. Even if you haven’t used your fireplace, clean the inside and outside of the glass with a glass cleaner monthly.
  4. Leave glass open and check the fireplace for debris, dirt, dust, trash, or insects. You can clean this best with a small broom or a vacuum extension.
  5. Check the hinges and bolts that hold your glass in place. Afterwards, check the gasket that gives it an air tight seal. Look for cracks or depressions in the gasket that may allow carbon monoxide through the opening. If the gasket is badly damaged it will need to be replaced. You can schedule a professional inspection at this time. Also, you can have the gasket replaced by a gas fireplace expert, if you’d like.
  6. If your gas fireplace is vented, check the vent opening outside. Make sure it’s free of leaves and other debris and is venting properly. You can hold a piece of paper in front of the vent opening when the fireplace is in use to see if the paper flutters. This will mean it is venting.
  7. If your gas fireplace is vented through an existing chimney you should have it cleaned regularly. Although gas is an efficient heat source, it can still produce soot and creosote in the chimney. If left unchecked, these chemicals can become corrosive to the chimney lining and lead to damaged masonry and carbon monoxide intrusion. During a chimney sweep your technician will also clean your gas fireplace, removing any dust, debris, or insects that may exist there.
  8. Use your gas fireplace correctly to avoid problems. you should always follow the manual that came with your appliance. If you’re uncertain or think your gas fireplace has a problem, do not hesitate to call your local chimney sweep company.

The Cozy Flame works with our sister company, Total Chimney Care!

This gives all of our customers the best chimney and fireplace service in Milford and surrounding areas. Total Chimney Care offers chimney sweeps and inspections for all fuel sources, whether they use a chimney or not. When you’re ready for your preventative maintenance, give them a call. If you have a question about something you found during your monthly assessment of your fireplace, an expert can answer your questions today!

All About Gas Logs

All About Gas Logs

A popular, energy-efficient way to convert a wood-burning fireplace to gas fuel, gas logs are more economical than gas fireplace inserts, and these logs require less time to install as well. A roaring fire without any hassle, some sets of gas logs are so convenient that you can use a remote control to adjust the flame. In the past, artificial fireplace logs looked so unrealistic that no one was tricked into believing he was looking at a wood-burning fire. Forget those plastic-looking logs from the 1970’s; when you see a fire burning using the Hargrove gas logs sets you will find at The Cozy Flame, you may have to remind yourself that you are not watching flaming logs of wood. Our Comfort Consultants in the showroom at The Cozy Flame would like to tell you more about gas logs and how they can heat your house with some help from the experts at the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA).

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

The most important things to know when you are shopping for gas logs include what the two different types are and what makes these two types different:

  1. vented gas logs Also known as the “yellow flame” gas logs, a working chimney with the approval to use gas to fuel its fireplace is required to install this type of gas logs. Producing a beautiful, realistic fire, the flame provided by vented gas logs is quite often mistaken as a wood-burning fire. The heat output of this type of gas logs is also comparable to a wood-fueled fire as part of it exits through the chimney, so it is not as strong as the other type of gas logs. Venting by-products like soot and carbon out via the chimney, the CSIA recommends you have your chimney swept annually as proper and safe maintenance.
  2. vent-free gas logs If you have heard someone talking about “blue flame” gas logs, he or she is talking about this type of gas logs. As is named “vent-free,” this type of gas logs needs no ventilation and can be installed almost anywhere in your home, as long as it meets the codes of your town. Your local codes are particularly important if you want to use vent-free logs to heat your home because in certain parts of the country, you cannot legally use this type of gas logs, due to the effects it has on the indoor air quality of your house. While the appearance of the vent-free gas logs fire is not as realistic as one of the other type, the “blue flame” fire provides much more heat than a “yellow flame” fire ever possibly could. Approved for installation in a wood-burning fireplace with its damper closed, the Cozy Flame can also install a separate firebox cabinet which is approved for use without a chimney for these gas logs.

If you have any more questions about gas logs and which type is right for your home, contact The Cozy Flame today. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in choosing your best set of Hargrove gas logs.

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