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Natural Gas Log Sets
Natural gas log sets are the simplest and most popular natural gas hearth product. They provide the most realistic hearth fire and lowest initial equipment costs, but like wood fires, much of the heat is lost up the chimney, making these products primarily aesthetic ambiance.
Natural Gas Fireplace Inserts
Natural gas fireplace inserts are self-contained units for installation within an existing fireplace opening. They can provide more heat than natural gas log sets. An existing chimney can be used if an approved flue liner is installed. Vent-free inserts that do not require chimney or flue modification are also available.
Factory-Built Natural Gas Fireplaces
This product is ideal when there is no existing fireplace or where a traditional, conventional chimney is impractical. These types of units are available in a variety of styles, which provide flexibility for placing these units in various locations throughout the home.
Freestanding Natural Gas Stoves
These are self-contained units that resemble quaint, old world wood burning stoves. Natural gas stoves are available in both contemporary and traditional styles, in an array of colors. They can provide significant heat to a room or the entire house.
Vent-Free Natural Gas Hearth Products
Vent-free (or unvented) natural gas fireplaces, stoves or log sets are ideal for providing supplemental heat. These units cannot be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or other confined spaces, and are only for occasional, attended and supplemental use. They are required to have an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) for added safety. While no venting is necessary for these products, Washington Gas recommends that consumers strictly adhere to the manufacturer's operating instructions.
Basic Fireplace Components
The logs are fashioned after actual wood logs using refractory or ceramic fiber. They are crafted to simulate the look of real wood and are available in a wide variety of wood types. Many are split and charred for added realism.
The gas burner module creates the flames in the fireplace. The technologies used to create the authentic looking flames are triumphs of engineering. Golden flames are made to dance and flicker among the logs by reducing the air entering the firebox and dispersing gas through a bed of sand or vermiculite.
Most units contain either a safety pilot system or electronic controls that prevent the main burner from operating if combustion cannot take place safely. Vent-free units contain an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS), which cuts off the unit if the oxygen level in the room drops below a safe level.
Natural Gas Fireplaces Can Be a Source of Heat
In addition to beautiful fires; some natural gas fireplace products can provide a substantial amount of heat. The amount of heat from your gas fireplace depends on the type of fireplace you purchase. For the aesthetic effect of a beautiful fire, choose a product certified as a "vented natural gas fireplace." For heat as well as the ambiance, choose a "vented natural gas fireplace heater" or a "vent-free room heater".
To find out more about natural gas fireplaces, Request a Free Natural Gas Fireplaces Buyers Guide. You may also visit our Online Video Library to get helpful tips on selecting the best natural gas fireplace for your home.
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