Vent-free Gas Logs

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Gas logs that burn clean and produce a hot blue flame are often known as vent-free, (This post is being updated  June 5, 2016 )

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Vent-Free Gas Log Odors

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Some people who purchase vent-free gas logs complain of an odor that occurs while burning the appliance. People worry that this is due to poor air qSS_ACG-1uality in the room due to the lack of ventilation. In reality, the cause of these odors is airborne contaminants.

These chemicals in the air from odor eliminators, chemical cleaners, hairsprays, new carpet, and even freshly finished wood can be sucked into the burner and chemically and physically altered by the heat in the combustion process. This problem can be easily solved by simply cracking a window near the gas logs when using the appliance. This will provide the appliance with plenty of fresh air for combustion that will not produce an odor.

Another solution is to purchase a gas log cleaner, such as ACS Gas Log Carbon & Soot Remover. This product aids in the prevention of odor, creosote buildup, and keeps the gas logs working as efficiently as possible.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Gas used for Gas Logs

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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premium-fire-oak-logsPropane and natural gas can be used to fuel a gas log set. When looking into buying a unit that uses natural gas or propane there are a few factors to weigh into the decision. First, natural gas is cheaper and more convenient. Because you can access natural gas with the flip of a switch it is easier to come by than propane, which has to be bought from a store and hauled home. Natural gas is also thought to burn cleaner and is generally safer. You may want to consider purchasing a gas log cleaner that you spray on the logs at regular intervals throughout the year to prevent odors and creosote buildups from occurring.

Propane is heavier than natural gas, and will pool in low spots in concrete or masonry surfaces. The natural gas will dissipate in the air. Private propane companies will deliver propane. They can set up propane cylinders, which come in varying sizes (usually 20 or 40 lbs.) for the homeowner to fill. Natural gas, however, is a public utility supplied through gas lines.

Whether you are looking into using propane or natural gas, any type of gas logs need to be properly installed by a professional to insure that they function properly. Also, although gas burns clean, you should still have the logs inspected annually for functionality and the flue system inspected for debris.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Does my gas fireplace need swept?

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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seasoned-split-oak-logsIf I have gas logs do I still need to have my chimney swept?

Unless there is nesting material or other debris in your flue system, you should not need to have your chimney swept, however, it should still be inspected yearly by a gas fireplace professional according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). While the serviceman is out, he can determine whether the chimney needs to be swept and will also determine the integrity of the flue system and be sure it is suitable for use.

Regular maintenance will keep your gas logs running efficiently longer; this includes yearly inspections and less invasive, at home maintenance. Using ACS Gas Log Carbon & Soot Remover regularly will help prevent odors and creosote build up if your gas logs begin to work inefficiently.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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The Importance of A Chimney Inspection

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Home & Garden Pic's 224When you have your fireplace serviced, whether you have a regular, open, wood burning fireplace, gas logs, or an insert, many things are being checked out. The flue is checked for combustibles, clearances are checked to be sure that they are up to code, and they evaluate floor protection. Basic installation methods are often not followed and a certified service technician will evaluate your system according to code standards.

Gas logs require regular service. Carbon deposits must be removed and if there is debris or other combustible material in the chimney with will have to be swept and inspected. Dust and other small particles must be removed from the logs and the burner to prevent odors and keep the logs running properly.

Often times a chimney sweep will suggest a creosote removing product, such as Anti-Creo-Soot, to use with every fireplace use to reduce and actively remove creosote glazed in the flue system.

Clearance issues are always of great importance. Combustibles can never be far enough away from the fireplace opening. Pay strict attention to the instructions given with your particular fireplace, as a mantle cleared to be placed 12″ above a certain fireplace must be positioned 22″ above a particular gas log set.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Fireplace Glass Doors

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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glass-doorsIt is very important, for safety’s sake, to determine which type of fireplace doors, spark arrestors, or other fireplace finisher is appropriate for the style of fireplace you have in your home. There are very modern versions available today in very different materials, styles, and general look. Adding fireplace glass doors, screens, or spark arrestors are can be great accents to any home.

Both form and functionality are considered when the room is designed originally. The same must be considered when deciding on the type of accents to put around the fireplace. It may be difficult to find things that match the original architecture, however, branching out to a style not already exemplified in the home can be a refreshing addition.

Fireplace glass doors are great for gas fireplaces. Because they do not burn with the intensity of wood burning fireplaces, it is safe to install fireplace glass doors. These glass doors will help to arrest sparks, stop hot debris from exiting the firebox, and generally protecting the room in which the fireplace is.

If you intend on burning actual wood in a fireplace, it is wise to have a screen or door of heat resistant material to protect the room from fire. Cast iron fireplace doors are another option and often come with a mesh to protect the room.

If you have a faux fireplace or a fireplace no longer in use, simply adding a fireplace screen, new doors, or any other accent can change the entire feel of the room and make for a much more beautiful focal point.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Finding a Good Contractor- How to Get the Most Out of Your Chimney Sweep

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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serviceman2When it comes to installing new gas logs, a new fireplace, or a whole new chimney altogether, it is very important that you “shop” around for the contractor that is going to fit your needs, your price, and your standards.

After deciding what it is you’d like to have done, whether that be to install an insert, add new gas logs, or construct a whole new chimney, obtain estimates from as many sources as possible! Call all the companies in your area- most companies give free estimates and would love to have the opportunity to work on your home.

Ask for references from friends, family members, and neighbors who have used the company and always check and double check the contractor you choose for credentials. If the company isn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau, or even listed in the phone book at all, it is often not wise to go with this company.

Finally, go with your gut instinct. If something doesn’t feel right about a particular company or contractor, no one is forcing you to use them. Go with the company that fits your budget and your criteria for someone you’d like working in and around your home. Also, be sure to ask about any warranties that they offer on their service and what type of warranties come with the products they plan on using or installing in your home. This will help you out down the road if something goes wrong with the appliance, a leak occurs, or something else out of your control occurs.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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