This simple step-by-step guide can give you a good idea about making the choices that are right for your home and your taste. It is important to consult your local hearth and fireplace dealer for expert guidance and to answer all your questions. But here are the key issues to consider and understand when selecting your gas fire place set up.
First, know your venting options
Gas Log Sets are usually divided into two categories, Vented and Vent Free. Each venting option has its advantages. If you are choosing gas fire products for an existing fireplace, check to see which venting system is currently in place. If you are choosing fireplace products for a new fireplace consider the differences between these two options.
More realistic and natural looking flame than vent free
Must be installed in a fully functioning wood burning fireplace
Majority of heat is lost as it goes up the chimney (heat output is similar to burning wood)
Produces some soot when flame touches log
Delivers more heat inside your home than vented gas fires
Must be installed in a fireplace approved for a vent-free log set
Installation is subject to state & local codes (some areas do not allow vent-free)
Direct Vent Systems
Large viewing area showcases fire to entire room
Choice of natural gas or propane models in three sizes to fit most fireplaces
Adjustable heat output with dual burners (D1-30 & D1-36)
Choose the Look That is Right for Your Home Decor
Selecting that perfect style is obviously as important as getting the correct technical specifications. Real Fyre offers you the style choices that let you turn your fireplace into a very personal design statement.
How Do You Want to Start and Control Your Gas Fire?
This option is for natural gas only. There is no pilot, only the logs and burner. Your fire is lighted by placing a match or lighter near the burner, then turning on the gas with your key valve. You control your flame height using your key valve which is normally located outside the fireplace either in the wall or floor.
Manual Safety Pilot
This system has a safety pilot that is manually lighted and stays lit all the time. Also called a standing pilot, it is similar to a pilot found in a water heater. You can turn the burner on and off manually by reaching inside your fireplace and turning the control knob. You cannot operate this type of system with a remote control, however, you can upgrade later.
Remote Control systems include a remote pilot valve assembly. Depending on the remote option you select, you will have the ability to control certain functions of the log set from a remote control. Remote controlled options include basic on/off control as well as variable flame height control.
Finally, Determine if You Need Natural Gs or Propane Gas Logs
Gas Logs are available in two fuel types, Natural Gas and Liquid Propane (LP). You may already have a line installed in the fireplace, in which case the gas you burn will be decided. If there isn’t a line, then you will need to decide what fuel type you would like to use.
*Check to see which fuel source your appliances currently use. If you have a natural gas heater, dryer, stove, or other appliance, then natural gas is the likely choice. If you have appliances that use propane, then select a gas log set that uses liquid propane. If your home does not have plumbing for either gas type, then check locally to determine which fuel would be best for your area.
For more information on gas logs for your home, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.
And, right now, there is a HUGE Sale on gas logs through the holidays.