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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 10:57 AM
Over Thanksgiving, our house almost burned down due a raging wood fire I had built in our fireplace.

We are too afraid to have a wood-burning fire ever again and feel that gas logs will be much safer. We are currently in the process of getting everything repaired and need some opinions on vented vs vent-free gas logs.

Does anybody have either one and how are they working for you? I have read different opinions of both. We are leaning to the vent-free ones, but I am thoroughly confused as to which is better.

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 11:23 AM
Vented logs give you the "look" of a real fire, but you loose 80% of the heat thru the flu. On top of that, it can also create a draft inside your home. Vent-free doesn't have the look, but if you actually needed it for heat, hands down they are the best. Monessen is a great manufacturer. Don't go cheap on this purchase. A good set of vent-free gas logs can run you anywhere from 500 to 800 dollars depending on the size you are needing. Measure the back wall of the fireplace and try to get a set that will fill that area. A cheap set will not last as long and don't look nearly as good. The burner is the key to a good set. If you were to ever loose power to your home, a vented set won't heat very good at all. The vent-free set would be a life saver in that situation. The vent free can utilize a remote control which very handy. Hope this helps and good luck with the home.

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 11:35 AM
I have vent-free logs. They supply a lot of heat and look pretty good. I think the look of vent-free logs varies. There are some out there that look great and some that look like burning plastic. My parents have vented logs. They look awsome. As TheDEAD mentioned, they do not supply as much heat as our vent-free logs do. They heat up the living room and that is about it. My logs will get my upstairs to about 80 degrees. That's Fahrenheit.



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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 12:15 PM
I have the vented gas logs and hate it primarily for the fact that you loose all the heat. My mom has the same but with a blower that pushes the hot air out into your living room. Sorry to here about the fire damage. This summer I plan on converting to a real fireplace for me the gas fireplace is costly and provides no benefit to heating the living room. With a real fireplace i know i can heat my living room and enjoy the snap crackle pop of the wood burning.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 12:17 PM
I have a new set of vent-free and love them. The room will get up to 80 degrees in a hurry. We always make sure to crack the door to the back porch to let in some fresh air when we are burning them.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 02:07 PM
I really don't need them to heat the whole house, but would like some heat from the fireplace.

I know that the vent-free provides more heat, but my wife and son sometimes react badly to airbourne irritants. I'm worried, that if install the vent-free ones, the smell will irriate my wife. Do the vent-free logs have any smell? I've read some nasty things about them, but you know how internet articles can be.

Thanks for all the tips. I guess there are pluses and minuses to both.

Man, I am just paranoid to ever have a wood fire again. That was some scary stuff!!!

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 02:15 PM
I have the vented gas logs that came w/ my house. Planned to remove them to go to wood, but that was 13 yrs ago! As others have said, they're inefficient and make the cold air in the rest of the house come into that room. So I only use them on warm cold nights, if that makes sense.

What happened exactly w/ your wood burning fireplace that caused the fire?

 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 02:30 PM
The new vent free gas logs burn 99.9%. They are very clean. You should not be able to smell anything. Like I said, if you go cheap, it might not be that way. Just make sure you are getting what you want because once you burn them, you own them. On a side note, you are at the end of the gas log season. I would give it another 60 days and I would bet you could score a good deal on a set. Check eBay out, sometimes there's deals to be had there. Just make sure you are getting a new set. Have a professional plumber run the lines and set the logs up for you, it is worth every penny to make sure it is done right.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 03:22 PM
We just removed our vented gas logs to return to wood burning. I love a real fire in the house for a variety of reasons. I would like to hear more about your near catastrophe.

If you are going to be buying gas logs I'd suggest you get the most efficient and heat producing set possible. A fake fire is a fake fire, we had a pretty nice set of vented logs, but it is no where near what a real fire is. So don't try and get that perfect most real-like vented set because I doubt you'll be happy with it coming from burning real wood. Just go for the one that produces the best heat and efficiency.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 08:37 PM
We have vent free. When it was new, the builder told us we had to burn it several hours to get rid of the awful smell. That was in the year 2000. We hardly use it because of the exhaust smell. I've had service people look at it three times, but it still smells. If we use it, we have to open a window, which makes me think it is only as efficient as the vented ones.
 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 09:47 PM
We have the vent-free they'll heat up your house in a hurry. We have to open the door to the sun room to act as a kind of thermostat for the logs. The guy who installed them told us that a small % of the population react negatively to the smell evidently like th pst before this one. The smell bothers my wife although not as much as it used to. If I were you, I'd g with my wife over to a house with vent-free logs in operation beforehand to see if they bother her before making my decision based on opinions in a forum. PS I meant to say we love ours.

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