Old Question Revisited...To Vent or not to Vent
We are remodeling our ventfree gas logs. We have had them in place for 10 years. What I most enjoy about them is the heat output. We are replacing them because the insert was builder grade and I want to change out the mantel and surround. It does have a chimney, so the conversion wouldn't be too difficult if we went with vented.
It's difficult to find a straight answer on which set up is better.
From what I can glean, vented logs look more realistic, but the ventfree put out significantly more heat. The question I have is safety related. Are vented gas logs much safer than vented? Since the chimney is open during burning, the Carbon Monoxide, if there is any should go up the flue? Is this correct?
In summary, I'd rather have heat output than realism. Is the heat output much less with the vented?
I have also read that the newer ventfree gas logs come with Oxygen Depletion turn off switches. And possibley Carbon Monoxide detectors? Anyone know any more or have any recommendations?