One of the nice benefits of having a gas fireplace instead of a woodburning fireplace is that you don’t need to mess with firewood or kindling, or the ash and mess after they’re burned. With a gas log set, you can choose from a wide variety of styles of wood species and whether you want a neat pile or a more rustic set up. Then, all you need to do is push a button when you want to enjoy a cozy fire, and push a button when you’re done.
Of course, the sturdy logs will eventually wear out and need to be replaced, but the timing can depend on whether they are vented or vent-free, how well you care for them and how often you use your gas fireplace. A well-maintained vented log set with ceramic logs can last a decade or longer. A similarly well-maintained vent-free log set with ceramic logs can also last a long time, but, if heavily used, will begin to wear in five years or so.
Your gas log set should be professionally inspected every year. The technician will be checking to make sure all the pipes and connections are in good shape. They will also look for cracks and breaks in the logs. If the logs are beginning to break down, they will need to be replaced.
Vent-free log sets should have the ember bed and logs cleaned to remove any buildup. If you have vented gas logs, you’ll need to have your chimney inspected and swept once a year, too.
Even with annual maintenance, there are a number of signs that indicate your gas logs may be starting to wear out. If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s about time to replace your logs.
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