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What are the differences between Vented and Ventless gas logs?
Vented Gas Logs
Vented gas logs burn with an orange flame which is a result of incomplete combustion. The idea is to produce a flame that more closely resembles that of a wood-burning fire. As a result, carbon is released in the form of soot and carbon monoxide which requires venting outside through the flue.
- Vented gas logs must be installed inside a wood-burning fireplace with a proper draft.
- The damper on your fireplace must be fixed in a minimal open position at the time that vented gas logs are installed.
- Vented gas logs produce the natural look and feel of a wood burning fire.
- Most vented gas logs are designed for use with natural gas, although some may be used with liquid propane.
- The amount of heat radiated from vented gas logs is similar to that of a wood burning fire.
- Vented logs do require a small amount of cleaning. The flame will produce soot on the logs, which can be removed by using a soft bristle paint brush or by burning the soot off the logs with the use of Log Bright (gas log soot remover).
- In most cases, the logs may be rearranged or customized to suit your taste. Consult the owners manul or contact us if you are not sure.
- For vented gas logs, we recommend the use of natural gas as opposed to propane, as natural gas burns cleaner, and burning propane will produce large amounts of soot.
Ventless Gas Logs
Vent-free (ventless, non-vented, unvented) use a burner system that correctly mixes the fuel and combustion air resulting in complete combustion. This type of combustion recombines the carbon into safe byproducts so that the emissions do not need to be vented outside through your flue.
Vent-free gas logs may be used in a wood-burning fireplace or an approved vent-free fireplace.
The damper may be closed on a masonry fireplace. The damper on a prefabricated wood-burning fireplace must be cracked open to prevent overheating.
- Vent-free gas logs typically do not appear to be as natural in appearance as vented logs.
- Vent-free gas logs are more energy efficient than vented logs.
- Vent-free gas logs produce a large amount of heat and can be used as a secondary heat source.
- Vent-free gas logs can produce up to 40,000 BTU’s of usable heat.
- Cleaning and annual maintenance is recommended. Dust build-up can cause the pilot assembly to work improperly.
- Extra logs or embers may NOT be added to vent-free gas logs. Altering the appearance of non-vented gas logs from the manufacturer’s instructions could result in improper combustion of gas and produce dangerous carbon monoxide.
Is it safe to burn Ventless gas logs with the vent closed?
When burning vent-free gas logs in a masonry fireplace, it is safe to close your damper completely. However, if you have a prefabricated wood burning fireplace, your damper needs to be cracked open with a damper clamp, so that your fireplace does not overheat.
Vent-free gas logs are designed to burn cleanly without emmitting high levels of dangerous emissions. All vent-free gas logs are tested with highest industry standards and are approved to used when in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes.
Vent-free gas logs are also equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) which will cause the gas valve to close off in case of a lack of combustion air.
Can I add logs or embers to my Vent Free gas logs?
Extra logs or embers may NOT be added to non-vented gas logs. Altering vent-free gas logs from the manufacturer’s instructions could result in improper combustion of gas and produce dangerous carbon emissions.
Extra logs or embers may be added to vented gas log sets within reason. Please contact us for advice before doing this.
Please note that if your vent-free set produces soot, it is not burning correctly and needs to be serviced immediately.
How do I determine the appropriate size logs for my fireplace?
Three measurements are required to determine the appropriate size gas logs for your fireplace: Front width(side to side at the widest point), back width (side to side at the narrow point), and depth (front to back).
The most common sizes for gas logs are 18-inches, 24-inches, 30-inches, and 36-inches. The sizes are based on the length of the front log in each set, and the back log is generally a bit shorter than the front log.
Most people allow for several inches on each side of the front log to properly fill their fireplaces. Most gas log sets require a minimum of 16-inches of depth.
Should my gas logs have an odor?
Vented Gas Logs
Under normal conditions, you should not have an odor associated with burning your vented gas logs, except perhaps during a cold start-up. When first lighting vented gas logs, some gas and emissions may spill out of the fireplace until a good draft sets in. With a good draft, all emissions in the fireplace will be pulled up the flue. Having a carbon monoxide detector in the room is a good idea to be on the safe side.
Vent-Free Gas Logs
Most people will detect a faint odor while using the vent-free gas logs. Although properly installed vent-free gas logs can provide years of efficient heat, trouble-free use, and little to no odor, we recommend that you always use a carbon monoxide detector in the room for safety and peace of mind. Furthermore, if you observe soot on vent-free gas logs, they are not operating properly. Do not use them until they have been serviced.
Some of the things that cause odors with vent-free gas logs are: improperly positioned logs, improper gas pressure, dust, pet hair, candles burning, ceiling fans, and any airborne particles being burned (such as paints, stains, cleaners, deodorizers, etc.). Please refer to your owner’s manual or contact your dealer for details.
Vent-free gas logs will always have a bad odor when new. They must go through a curing process which may take several heating and cool-down cycles.
Note: If you smell gas, you could have a leaky gas valve near the fireplace. Turn it off immediately and call someone who can assess the problem and repair it.
What produces the residue on my gas logs?
Always consult your Installation and Operating Manual that came with your remote prior trying to find a solution on your own. Your Installation and Operating manual has a troubleshooting section. However, possible solutions may follow: The LED light blinks on the receiver and/or the battery icon is lit on the LCD transmitter: Appliance does not come on after pressing the transmitter’s “ON” button: Receiver can not receive signal from the remote: There may be batteries in the receiver as well as the transmitter. Check the batteries in both!
My gas log remote control is not responding!
Always consult your Installation and Operating Manual that came with your remote prior trying to find a solution on your own. Your Installation and Operating manual has a troubleshooting section. However, possible solutions may follow:
The LED light blinks on the receiver and/or the battery icon is lit on the LCD transmitter:
Appliance does not come on after pressing the transmitter’s “ON” button:
Receiver can not receive signal from the remote:
There may be batteries in the receiver as well as the transmitter. Check the batteries in both!