For homeowners looking to have a more cost-effective and visually pleasing fireplace, artificial fireplace log sets are a creative and effective solution. Unlike wood-burning fireplaces, an artificial log set does not require constant attention or replacements while still maintaining a beautiful flame effect that family and friends can enjoy. Log sets are available in gas, electric and gel.
What are they made of?
Log sets are made of nontoxic, nonflammable substances. The logs are environmentally friendly as they do not burn, release smoke or soot, and rarely need to be replaced. Units are available in various sizes for any home with a preexisting fireplace mantel. The insert will look as realistic as wood logs.
How do they work?
The logs serve as simple stand-ins for real log wood sets. Electric log sets operate with standard home electricity and do not produce a real flame; instead, they produce a faux, but realistic flame effect. The fan-forced heating technology within an electric log set can heat rooms as large as 400 square feet.
Gas and gel log sets operate slightly differently. Gas and gel log sets produce real flames and each require fuel to produce the flame. For gas fireplaces, vent-free or vented, require either natural or propane gas. Gas fireplaces can produce enough heat to comfortably warm areas up to 600 square feet. Gel fireplaces, on the other hand, require small cans of pre-packaged, nontoxic gel fuel to produce a flame. One can of gel fuel can produce a flame for up to three hours. As a result, the flame produced is not recommended as a supplemental heat source for large areas. Electric, gas and gel log sets have a long-lasting warranty and rarely need to be replaced.
What’s the difference in the gas log sets?
Each log set can fulfill a different purpose, depending upon personal tastes. Both log sets will produce a clean flame and eliminate the hazards associated with soot and ash in a wood-burning fireplace. Vent-free and vented gas log sets will each operate with a standard gas line, however, a vented log set requires a working chimney and flue system. A vented gas log set is lit with a match or lighter to produce a flame that can be controlled with a pilot light and an on/off switch.
Vent-free log sets, on the other hand, do not require a chimney or flue system but do require a pilot light system. The pilot light system can control the height and intensity of the flame with an on/off switch. The pilot light can also detect unclean or even unsafe air if a leak does occur.
Transform your fireplace and room with a log set. The light frame, dazzling flame effects and unique safety features make them a worthwhile investment.