Can you use wood logs in a gas fireplace?

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Yes, a gas fireplace is perfectly safe to burn normal wood in. And you don't have to buy those Duraflame logs, just load in your wood and light the gas for five or so minutes and then turn it off and tend to your nice wood burning fireplace.

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Simply so, what kind of wood do you use for a gas fireplace?

If the fireplace is built to proper dimensions, the heat source (firewood or gas) should be recessed enough that any type wood could be used. Pine or poplar if you are going to paint it. If not pick a wood that goes with the existing look of the room.

Likewise, how do you remove gas logs from wood? Before you can use the fireplace to burn wood, you need to cap your gas line off completely. Alternatively, you can choose to convert the line into a gas log lighter. The whole process can cost up to $300, provided your flue is in good shape. If you do most of the work yourself, the costs will, of course, be different.

In this regard, can I use my gas fireplace without the logs?

No gas fireplace comes without the logs & burner. Unless someone has installed your fireplace incorrectly or has pilfered the logs, what you have is a wood burning fireplace.

What types of wood should not be burned in a fireplace?

11 Kinds of Wood Not to Burn in Your Fireplace

  • Green Wood or Unseasoned Wood. Wood that makes the best firewood for a fireplace is seasoned wood not green wood.
  • Non-Local Wood.
  • Christmas Trees.
  • Driftwood.
  • Poisonous wood.
  • Oleander.
  • Endangered Species.
  • Plywood, particle board, or chipboard.

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Is a gas fireplace worth it?

Is a gas fireplace worth it? Yes! Gas fireplace benefits are incredibly attractive and convenient; especially for a busy family like yours. You'll get instant heat, pinpoint control, terrific safety and other things which a wood burning fireplace simply can't deliver.

How long should you run a gas fireplace?

However, if your gas fireplace is vent-free or has doors on the front that can easily be opened, you should only operate it for two to three hours at a time, the service representatives said.

What happens if you burn wood in a gas fireplace?

Burning wood in a gas fireplace will cause at least three bad things to happen. The heat will destroy the internal components of the gas fireplace. The smoke produced will not exit the undersized vent system, and fill the home with carbon monoxide and other undesirables.

What is the most efficient gas fireplace?

Best Gas Fireplace Insert Reviews (Updated List)
  1. Napoleon Grandville VF Series Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace.
  2. Mercury 32″ Top/Rear Direct Vent Gas Fireplace w/Intellifire – NG.
  3. Empire Tahoe Deluxe 36″ Direct-Vent NG Millivolt Fireplace.
  4. 42″ Artisan Vent Free SCC See-Through Linear Fireplace.

What is the difference between a gas fireplace and a gas insert?


Gas fireplaces are very similar to gas inserts. However, the difference between gas fireplaces vs. gas inserts is that a built-in gas fireplace doesn't require an existing fireplace or chimney. So, if you don't have an existing wood-burning fireplace, this is your only option.

How often should gas fireplace logs be replaced?

Embers can last up to five years depending on how frequently you use your fireplace. We have found that replacing embers every three years keeps a log set looking brilliant.

How do you arrange gas fireplace logs?

How to Arrange Gas Logs
  1. Place the largest ceramic logs on the bottom to serve as the foundation for the fire.
  2. Leave 2 inches (5 centimeters) between logs.
  3. Make sure none of the logs is blocking the gas flow.
  4. Arrange smaller logs on top of the foundation logs.
  5. Turn on the gas and light the fire using either matches or the automatic igniter.

How long should gas fireplace logs last?

Type of gas logs: A well maintained vented log set with ceramic logs will last a very long time, in some cases 10 or more years. A well maintained ventless log set with ceramic logs can also last a long time, but, if heavily used, will begin to wear in 3-5 years.

Will Vented gas logs heat a room?

A vented gas log must be used in a regular fireplace, designed to burn a wood fire. The Gas Log Heater will provide up to 25,000 BTU's of heat into the room and can be used with or without glass doors.

What causes gas logs to turn black?


Causes of Buildup
The other main cause of soot is clogged ports on the gas burner, which causes an incomplete or unbalanced burn and formation of soot on the logs and doors. In either case, clean off the firelogs and doors, and make sure the logs are in the exact position specified by the gas burner's manufacturer.

Can you replace the logs in a gas fireplace?

Warning: If you have a Gas Fireplace, you most likely "CANNOT" replace your logs with "DIFFERENT" logs! These types of fireplaces usually have a burner system that is built-in to the bottom of the fireplace and the controls are accessed by pulling down the bottom grill.

What's the difference between vented and unvented gas logs?

Vented gas logs burn like a real wood fire with a yellow flame that produces smoke. They must be burned in a wood burning fireplace with the damper open, so smoke goes up the flue along with most of the heat. Ventless (vent-free) gas logs burn cleanly with a lower flame that does not smoke.

How much does it cost to replace gas logs?

Installing a gas line and either vented or vent-free gas logs will cost from $500 to $2,500. (Note that the cost of installing vent-free gas logs is often about $200 more than the cost for vented.) Gas inserts cost $2,000 to $5,500.

How much does a fireplace inspection cost?

The standard chimney inspection costs about $100 to $250. Costs vary depending on roof accessibility and the type of chimney you need inspected. Some chimney sweeps may perform free inspections if you chose to have your chimney cleaned or other repair work done.

Can you burn wood in a gas starter fireplace?


Gas starters make it easy to start a fire in a wood-burning fireplace. Consisting of a tube mounted under the grate, a gas starter uses natural gas to create flames through several small holes along its length. These flames light the wood; once the wood is well-lit, you can turn off the gas starter.

Can you burn a Duraflame log in a gas fireplace?

Yes, a gas fireplace is perfectly safe to burn normal wood in. And you don't have to buy those Duraflame logs, just load in your wood and light the gas for five or so minutes and then turn it off and tend to your nice wood burning fireplace.

How do you start a wood burning fireplace with a gas starter?

Just set the logs on the wood grate over the log lighter, turn the key to open the gas line, toss in a lit match, and the fire lights around your logs. After the logs have caught on fire, turn the valve key to close the gas line, and enjoy the crackling wood fire before you.