When installing a fireplace, there are many things that you need to consider. Some of those considerations include whether or not you want bricks or stone, what size of fireplace you want for the room, and whether you want a gas log or fireplace insert. When making these decisions, it is important to be informed on the difference between a gas log and a fireplace insert first, as the rest of the fireplace will be built around the part you choose.
The Difference Between Gas Logs And Fireplace Inserts
There is a big difference between gas logs and fireplace inserts. Gas logs are ceramic logs that are placed like real firewood that have invisible gas pumped through them that can be lit at the touch of a button. They use natural gas to create flames and are generally used because they look visually appealing. Fireplace inserts are different from gas logs in that they are fireproof boxes that are placed into the stone or brick of the fireplace and use closed combustion to create heat. A protective layer of glass is placed on the room-facing side of the box.
Another difference between gas logs and fireplace inserts is that glass fireplace inserts create better heat than gas logs. This is because the heat is not able to escape through vents. While there are forms of gas logs that you can close vents and keep the heat inside, they are less common. There are also ventless gas log fireplaces, but these can cause a foul smell because they are pulling oxygen from the inside of the house. If the air the gas log fireplace pulls from the house has a lot of dust particles or other pollutants, those can be taken into your gas logs causing an unfavorable odor.
It is also important to note that there are a few similarities between gas logs and fireplace inserts. They both can be changed at will with a button or dial. They both serve the purpose of a fireplace and they each use gas. The divergence between the two fireplaces is that they use gas in different ways, give your home different looks and have different effects on your pocketbook.
Pros And Cons
There are several other considerations to make before choosing one fireplace option over another. As mentioned before, there are different forms of gas logs. Some require vents and others that are ventless can cause odors. However, there are some vented fireplaces that may work well in certain applications. Gas logs are better if you are looking for an option to make your room look nice visually. They are also less expensive than fireplace inserts.
Glass fireplace inserts are more expensive than gas logs but can create much more heat. If you are looking for a fireplace that can actually heat your home but not create a lot of smoke, gas fireplaces are the way to go. Fireplace inserts also do not lose heat to the outdoors because they are contained boxes that do not require a ventilation system. Lastly, fireplace inserts are much safer than gas logs.
Here at Genuine Comfort, we are experts in the heating and cooling industry and specialize in installing fireplaces. As for what we believe is your best bet between a gas log fireplace and a fireplace insert, we recommend getting a fireplace insert overall. Of course, each home and family’s situation is different, but for the best price, heat, and safety we go with fireplace inserts. If you choose to get a fireplace insert, the brands we suggest are Lopi or Fireplace X. If you are needing a fireplace insert or gas logs installed or have more questions regarding the difference between gas logs and fireplace inserts, contact us today.