Having a fireplace elicits a sense of comfort and togetherness setting a peaceful ambiance in the home. To many people, the idea of hauling wood into the home, maintain the fire, and the added level of maintenance isn’t particularly alluring. This is why we are seeing more people turn to gas fireplaces where you can click a button, flip a switch, or turn a knob and have a beautiful fire that can be shut off when done.
We pride ourselves in working with a leader in the Gas Log industry providing materials that are beautifully crafted and unmatched in quality. With over 40 different styles to choose from, we are able to help find a style that suits your unique space.
What Is Routine Maintenance For Gas Logs?
Unlike a wood burning fireplace, gas logs put off carbons instead of creosote. This reduces the need for regular cleaning of the flue system as long as there is a cap installed to keep leaves, nesting, and other debris out of the chimney flue. They still require a safety inspection annually and may require cleaning on an as-needed basis to remove dust and debris from the flue system, logs, and glass.
What Is Included With My Log Installation?
If you are converting from a wood burning fireplace to installing gas logs, we will recommend that you have a cleaning and inspection performed first. It is important to remove any creosote or debris from the flue system to prevent damage to your logs and burner. It is also important to remedy any defects in the flue system if they are present. Even though you are not going to continue burning wood, it is still important to have a chimney system that is free from cracked flue tiles, corbeling in the smoke chamber, damper defects, and mortar joint failure.
The gas logs that we install are not only realistic and beautiful, but are also constructed to last. They are manufactured to withstand higher temperatures over longer periods of time preventing breakdown and contain lower iron content, which prevents oxidation that contributes to discoloration as your gas logs age and are internally reinforced with steel rods for durability.
Your burner pan is what brings your fireplace to life! Structured to allow the flame to dance between the logs, accentuating your embers, mirroring a natural wood burning fireplace. With your burner pan, you will have the option to maintain a match start or upgrade to a remote control system that allows you to start your fireplace with the click of a button.
The dress kit that holds the system includes:
- Silica Sand, installed in the bottom of the burner pan. This allows flames to disperse and dance around vs. going straight up through the logs. It aids to the realistic appearance of your gas log burn.
- Embers are placed below and around your gas log set to mimic embers you would find in a natural wood burning fireplace. When your fireplace is ignited, the embers begin to glow, just like coals in a wood burning fireplace.
- Lava Rock or Glass are applied around the embers in the bottom of your fireplace. Lava rock tends to be more traditionally sought after and is found most commonly in gas log fireplaces. Black glass has the benefit of adding a bit of sparkle and reflects the flame of your fire beautifully. This portion of decor comes down to personal preference and is completely up to the homeowner!