Vented or Vent Free Gas Logs?

 

Should I Choose a VENTED or VENT-FREE style?

 



Vented gas logs, above, feature realistic glowing embers and a tall, lively flame.

Pictured above is a typical vent-free gas log. Note that the flames aren't as wide, tall or realistic - they're more like individual "torches".

Gas logs were invented to provide a convenient, less messy alternative to burning wood. Gas logs, just like real wood logs, draw combustion air from the room. Vented gas logs require a permanently open damper so the logs can vent fumes safely though your chimney to the outdoors. So just like burning real wood, the chimney pulls away most of the heat produced.

Unvented (vent-free, ventless) gas logs can be operated with the damper closed. For this reason, manufacturers advise you to operate them with a window cracked to bring in fresh air and to help ventilate the excessive moisture produced by vent-free logs. All the heat they produce comes into the room, but so do all those nasty fumes that can burn your eyes and throat, can cause soot on your walls and can be a health risk. People with certain medical conditions should not be exposed to gas logs; if you're pregnant, asthmatic, anemic, diabetic or have any type of heart or respiratory problems then you shouldn't even visit a house where they're installed, much less live with them in your own home.  

We only recommend VENTED GAS LOGS for safety and health reasons.

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