Sitting around a warm, cozy fireplace, watching the flames dance joyfully among the logs is a feeling like no other. Especially if you’re sharing that moment with people you love. Many people love the idea of owning a wood-burning fireplace. The ambiance that it can create in a home is unmatched. However, there is a lot of work that goes into collecting, chopping, seasoning, stacking, and hauling wood to fuel a wood-burning fireplace. This, in addition to the maintenance and upkeep that is required with owning a wood-burning fireplace can make some homeowners feel a little uneasy about owning one. However, did you know that there is another option available which offers both the ambiance of a wood-burning fireplace, without all the work and upkeep needed for one? At Leonard and Sons, we install gas log sets that look like a wood-burning fireplace, but only requires a fraction of the work and maintenance involved with one.
Gas Log Sets
A gas log set is essentially a gas burner that is installed in an existing fireplace’s firebox, converting it into a gas fireplace. Realistic looking, ceramic, fire-resistant set of logs are then carefully arranged on top of the burner, giving the appearance of a real wood-burning fireplace. When the gas log is turned on, the visualization of the flames dancing among the logs gives the effect of a realistic-looking wood fire. Although gas log sets do require similar ventilation as a wood fireplace, since you are burning gas instead of wood, your fire burns more cleanly. This means that creosote build-up and soot stains are usually reduced with a gas log set. One thing that should be noted is that similarly to a wood-burning fireplace, the beautiful dancing flames that a gas log set creates are valued for their aesthetics and the heat it creates isn’t as efficient as gas stoves or inserts.
Gas Log Installation
There are a lot of “How To” videos out there that show homeowners how to install their own gas log sets. However, this can be very dangerous and a gas log set should only be installed by a qualified Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified technician. This is because installing a gas log set takes a lot of technical knowledge and if a mistake is made with installation, you could accidentally expose your home to natural gas or to toxic carbon monoxide gas. At Leonard and Sons, the safety of your home our number one priority. That is why we require that all of our installation experts be CSIA certified and well-trained before we let them work on your home.
If you think that a gas log set is something that you would be interested in, and you live in the Chicagoland area, give Leonard and Sons a call at 847-658-7659 or set up an appointment online. Let us bring a wonderful ambiance to your home with a new gas log set today!