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Choosing Between Vented and Vent-Free Gas Logs, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over many of the basics, pros and cons of vented gas fireplace logs. Those choosing gas fireplaces will generally choose between these vented options and other ventless choices, and which you land on will depend on several factors.

At Uintah Fireplace and Design, we’re happy to explain all the details of vented versus ventless gas logs when you’re examining our high-quality contemporary fireplace products. Today, we’ll dig into the other side of this conversation – here’s everything you need to know about ventless gas logs, including their basic properties and situations where they might fit or not fit your needs.

Ventless Gas Logs Basics

For those who are looking to prioritize fireplace efficiency, ventless gas logs can be a good choice. These log options, unlike vented logs, do not require a chimney or flue to function properly – though they can be installed in these areas without any issue. What this means is that you can operate a ventless gas log fireplace where virtually none of the heat escapes your home, allowing it to do a great job heating individual areas without raising your monthly bill.

Now, those who care about the appearance of the fireplace first and foremost might prefer vented logs instead. Ventless gas logs look a tad less realistic than vented options. There are also some minor practicality issues, such as the fact that flames have to avoid ventless gas logs to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide issues, but these are easily managed.

Ventless Gas Log Benefits

There are several distinct benefits to ventless gas logs in your fireplace, including all of the following:

  • Warmth: As we noted above, ventless options are great for heating a space because they can be used in situations where no air loss is required.
  • Environmental friendliness: Fuel burns almost fully with ventless logs, producing almost no emissions or pollution.
  • Installation: Almost all ventless logs can be installed in virtually any wood-burning or factory-made fireplace.
  • Fuel use: Ventless options use slightly less fuel than vented logs, and are more efficient in this and other ways.

Ventless Gas Log Drawbacks

  • Limited customization: Ventless logs can’t be decorated or rearranged in the same ways as vented options, and they may appear less realistic.
  • Humidity: While the ability to heat a room is a big benefit, it can turn into an annoyance if you don’t vent properly with open windows or other air-flow areas. In areas like Utah with dry winters, a bit of humidity may actually help the room – but too much will make it damp and uncomfortable, and may risk peeling your paint.

For more on vented versus ventless gas logs for your fireplace, or to learn about any of our gas, electric or other contemporary fireplace, speak to the staff at Uintah Fireplace and Design today.

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