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The Difference Between Gas Inserts and Gas Logs

wilton ct gas fireplace insertThe many options in efficient, modern solid fuel appliances are a bit mind-boggling, and it can be confusing. Gas inserts and gas logs, for example, are very different appliances in spite of the fact that they are both fireplaces fueled with gas. Are you trying to determine either what type of gas fireplace you have or what type you want to get? The following information can help you differentiate between gas logs and gas inserts.

What is a Gas Insert?

A gas insert is a fireplace made with a metal firebox. It has faux logs and is built to fit inside the existing firebox of a traditional masonry fireplace. A viable supplemental heat source, a gas insert produces warm air and radiant heat. The front may be closed glass or it may have doors. You get a gas insert started using a switch or remote control.

Venting of a gas insert may be through a flue or through a pipe that also draws air in from outdoors in order to feed the fire with needed oxygen.  Direct vent gas inserts can be vented directly through the nearest exterior wall. 

At 92% to 98%, ventless gas inserts have higher efficiency ratings than their vented counterparts. There are some drawbacks, however. Ventless inserts often cause unpleasant odors, and they are considered less safe. Many communities have banned ventless gas fireplaces because they can lead to serious health issues in various circumstances, including improper fireplace sizing, faulty installation, appliance failure, and improper use.

What are Gas Logs?

Gas log sets are installed directly inside existing masonry fireplaces. No special floors or walls need to be installed, but a different flue may be recommended by the manufacturer. Gas log sets are inefficient, with most of the heat being lost up the chimney. 

On the plus side, gas logs allow you to conveniently enjoy much of the ambiance so popular with wood fireplaces minus the woodsy scent and crackling sounds. Faux logs today can look remarkably realistic.  Great pains are taken to create ceramic and concrete gas logs that look just like the type of wood being mimicked. 

gas fireplace installCost Comparison of Gas Logs and Gas Inserts

Due to the efficiency of gas inserts, they have lower operating costs. According to recent estimates, it costs between $.40 cents and $.45 cents per hour to operate a gas insert. Gas logs cost between an estimated $.75 cents and $1.25 per hour to operate, and one of the determining factors is the size of the burner underneath the logs. Fluctuating prices of natural gas and propane also affect averages. 

It costs significantly more to buy a gas insert as compared to gas logs. For anyone with a wood-burning fireplace who wants to switch to gas fuel, gas logs are a highly affordable option. Switching to a more efficient fireplace requires a gas insert, however.

Choose a Gas Fireplace at Yankee Doodle

Whether you want gas logs or a gas fireplace insert, Yankee Doodle, Inc. Stove & Fireplace has a great selection for you to choose from. We have a range of gas logs and other related products that can improve aesthetics and create the look you want. Are you ready for a low-maintenance fireplace that offers warmth and convenience? Contact our experts today at 203-544-8111 or stop by and see our destination showroom at 848 Danbury Rd in Wilton, CT.