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How Do Gas Logs Work?

Published on: November 28, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About These Popular Propane Appliances

propane fireplaces virginia When it comes to adding warmth and charm without the mess or hassle of logs and embers, many people are discovering the ease and style of a gas fireplace. One thing that always surprises people is the realistic look and actual warmth of a gas fireplace. After all, this is no plastic log over a lightbulb! The gas logs in a gas fireplace are made from cement, ceramic or ceramic fiber blends that are carefully crafted and painted to look just like real wood logs. You can even specify a species of wood! So how do gas logs work? Those realistic-looking logs are fitted with small pipes that release gas, a lot like the burners on your stove.

Gas logs are made to withstand high heat and should last for five-to-ten years, depending on how much you use your gas fireplace, and if you keep up with maintenance.

But the best part about a gas fireplace is that you don’t need a chimney to use them. The pros at Southwest Virginia Gas Service can make it easy to add a gas fireplace to virtually any room in your Virginia home, all thanks to ventless and direct vent designs.

Ventless or Direct Vent: What’s the Best Choice?

Direct vent and vent-free gas fireplace technology are two great ways to add a gas fireplace even if you don’t have a chimney or flue. All that’s needed is access to propane gas.

Ventless models have a regulator that produces a fine gas-air mix that allows the gas to burn cleanly, and reduces the fumes associated with traditional gas fireplaces. 

With direct venting, a single dual-chambered pipe is installed directly through a wall to the outdoors. The pipe simultaneously draws air for the fire from the outdoors, while it expels the fire’s combustion byproducts to the outside.

With minimal space requirements between the fireplace and wallboard or wood, a gas hearth can be installed almost anywhere. That means you can incorporate cozy charm into just about any room, including living rooms and family rooms, but also kitchens and dining rooms. Create your dream master suite or a spa-like bathroom escape, just by adding a gas fireplace.

You can also convert traditional fireplaces to a maintenance-free propane hearth with a gas log insert.

What are the Benefits of a Propane Fireplace?

Propane-fueled fireplaces add ambiance—but they also provide efficient supplemental heat without the mess, smoke, and ash of a wood-burning fireplace. And a gas hearth is much safer, too. No more playing with matches and waiting for tricky kindling to catch—you can turn on and adjust the flame with a wall switch or even a remote control and turn it off when you are done. No waiting for embers to burn out or worrying that they will flare up again.

Warm Up Your Home with Help from SWVA Gas Service!

Nothing beats the cozy charm and ambiance of a fireplace. Let the team at SWVA show you how easy and affordable installing a gas fireplace or stove can be. We service and install everything we sell, and we stand by our work.

Want to see our selection of products? Come by our Radford, VA showroom to see your options and experience how realistic a gas hearth can be. Contact us for more information today, and kick back by your own fireplace before the holidays.