When most people are taking a look at gas logs for purchase, they mainly consider

This beautiful Regency gas appliance adds warmth to any room.

whether the logs are vented or vent-free and the

way that the logs actually look. There are many more considerations that you must take into consideration that some folks may not even know exist. There are many new additions to the traditional gas log set that should be considered.

Remote Control

Many folks appreciate gas log sets that can be controlled by a remote control. Remote controls for gas log sets can be used to turn the logs on and off, change the temperature of the logs, and turn on the blower as well. A remote control makes gas logs even more convenient than they already are and whether the gas logs come with one should be factored into your decision. Often these are an optional feature which comes with an additional cost to the base price of the appliance.

Gas Log Cleaner
If soot or other noticeable buildup appears on your gas logs, consult a professional, who will diagnose the problem and may instruct you to use a gas log cleaner spray when using the logs.

Safety Pilot Light

Most reputable gas log dealers only sell gas log sets that come with safety pilot lights, and a local building inspector won’t approve the construction of your gas log set without one. Safety pilots do not allow gas to flow to the appliance unless the appliance is turned on. By preventing gas from flowing when the appliance is not lit, you will prevent natural gas from sitting in your home, which is a safety hazard.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Some gas log sets come with a carbon monoxide detector but some do not. If the model you are looking to purchase does not come with a carbon monoxide detector, you will need to purchase one for your home, as CO is a safety hazard with or without gas logs in the home.

Oxygen Depletion Sensor

Most gas log sets, especially vent-free gas log sets, come with an oxygen depletion sensor which will automatically shut off the appliance and alert you if the level of oxygen in the room drops too low. This is definitely not an amenity in my opinion, more of a necessity if you are looking to install vent-free gas logs and is great to have if you have a vented gas log set as well.

Service and Installation of Logs

Unless you are a licensed professional you are going to need to not only have your logs installed by a professional, but have them serviced and the chimney inspected yearly. Whoever you purchase your logs from should be able to install them for you. Be wary of purchasing from deep discounters or from home improvement stores if they are not able to install them for you or instruct you on how to contact someone who is capable of installing that particular make and model of gas log. Long term servicing for the logs is also required, so be sure that you are purchasing from a company who you are willing to work with. Many chimney sweep companies are licensed to service gas logs as well.

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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  1. bought a 1940s home in 2010 discovered hidden fireplace behind wood paneling–would like to turn into vent free gas log fireplace to heat home with/walls are plaster/no insulation in walls (Small fireplace beings its from 1940s) how would I go about someone giving me advice of turning into vent free gas fireplace to help heat home (850 sq feet)?? Appears (in basement) as if gas piping goes to where fireplace is/of course has been shut /blocked off. front of fireplace opening has been blocked with fake brick wall.Depth is 13 inches–have enough space to stick measuring tape back to measure depth–22 inches wide left to right on outside opening. Any advice on whether it would be worth turning into with vent free gas logs would be appreciated!

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