Vented Gas Logs
Requirement: A fully functioning fireplace with a working chimney
If you have a functioning wood-burning fireplace and want the ambiance of a real wood fire, vented gas logs may be the choice for you. Vented gas logs offer the most realistic flame. The fire wraps around the logs like they would in a real wood fire and the yellow flames are generally taller than those in ventless sets which adds to the realism.
Just like wood, vented gas logs produce CO (carbon monoxide) emissions. Because of this reason, it can be dangerous if not properly vented to the outside through an open chimney. Since you need the damper or flue to be open, you will lose more heat than you would with a ventless set which is why vented gas logs are mainly considered a decorative appliance.
With vented gas logs, you can rearrange the logs in any position you want, as long as you leave some room between the logs for airflow (this will prevent a lot of soot build up.) You can even add decorative gas log accessories such as pine cones, branches, & wood chunks to completely customize your fireplace. Take a look at our best vented gas logs to get started!
Vented Gas Log PROs:
• Most realistic looking gas logs, boasting fine detail in the logs and dynamic flames.
• They make use of an existing fully functioning wood-burning fireplace.
• Taller yellow flames enhance the realism of vented gas logs
• Generally, less expensive price than their ventless counterparts
Vented Gas Log CONs:
• Doesn’t produce as much warmth as ventless sets since the heat goes out the chimney.
• If you don’t have a fully functioning wood-burning fireplace then you can’t use these.
• Vented gas logs produce more soot since the flame is touching the logs. This means you might want to clean the logs more often than their ventless counterparts.