Gas logs,,any good brands and how to figure what size to get??

piper101February 10, 2008

The gas logs in the fireplace were here when we bought the house but they are joke! Just look nice when fire going but no heat radiates from them.

Anyone have a type of gas log or brand they like? I'm in So.Calif but if I'm going to light the thing, I'd like to get a little heat from them when I sit in front of the fireplace.

Also, based on the size of the inside of your fireplace, what size logs do you buy?

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Unless you install a direct vent insert into your fireplace, which is expensive and probably overkill for the climate in southern California, gas logs will send most of the heat they produce up the chimney. DO NOT let anyone talk you into a ventless system. They should be outlawed all together, and building codes in many places prohibit them in sleeping rooms. Without a vent, air quality in your indoor space is adversely affected; fumes build up and oxygen is depleted.

You might look into the Eiklor brand of vented logs. When we first shopped around before deciding on a direct vent insert, we were most impressed by the Eiklor logs. They produce the most beautiful realistic looking flames, and they have more gas jets than most, which will probably run up your gas bill. If you call their 800#, you might get Mr Eiklor himself to take the call. Because they produce a bigger flame, they probably will throw off more heat into the room, but most of the heat will still go up the chimney. Check out the Eiklor website.

If you are intent on really producing some serious heat from your fireplace, a direct vent insert is the way to go, but that will run you at least $4000 installed.

Good luck

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 5:27PM
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Thanks Haus-
Maybe what I'm talking about is more like a blower unit that fans the heat from the gas logs out into the room. Just in our case for a more cozy feel instead of just the illusion of a burning log.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 1:20PM
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