Gas logs are not only maintenance-free and easy to install, but are available in a variety of styles and pose fewer fire risks and put out twice the heat as wood.
There are two types of gas logs: vented and vent free. Your selection of which gas log type to choose will depend on several factors including looks vs efficiency, local building codes and fireplace location.
Vented gas logs emulate natural wood burning allowing you to enjoy a larger, realistic looking flame that operates with an open chimney flue or damper. Vented gas logs, however, are more decorative than efficient as a source of heat since much of the generated heat goes up the chimney.
Vent free gas logs operate with the chimney flue closed and are an efficient heat source because 100% of the generated heat stays in your home. Vent free gas logs won’t give you the roaring fire effect nor is the flame as realistic or as high as the flames of vented gas logs.
Before installing any gas log system, be sure to check local and state codes. Vent free heaters are not allowed in bedrooms, bathrooms or RVs and must be installed at least 36″ away from flammable items such as curtains, furniture, clothing, etc.