Venting gas log fireplaces can produce unhealthy byproducts like combustible soot and other corrosive deposits which should be swept out to help prevent internal corrosive damage and chimney flue fires. Hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to homes result from chimney fires, not to mention injuries and deaths.
Vented gas logs burn with flames that closely resemble a real wood-burning fireplace. These appliances must be installed properly and only in a fireplace specifically designed for them.
Vent-free gas logs are another choice. Under certain conditions they can produce more heat into the room than vented gas logs, but usually their flames are not as “realistic” as their vented cousins. It is important to read all the requirements necessary to install them and any risks or special requirements called for by the manufacturer. Of course, they must be installed by a competent, Certified Professional.
All gas log appliances should be meticulously inspected and cleaned as needed, annually. Gas leaks, carbon monoxide production and general working condition must be checked and the appliance properly maintained for safer use. To avoid a hassle and disappointment, be sure you actually ‘see’ the gas logs burning in a fireplace (showroom) before you close the deal. A picture might disappoint. Whichever gas appliance you choose, quality smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are a MUST. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions.