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Let Our Technicians Convert Your Wooden Fireplace to Gas Logs!

An older wood fireplace can give your home a cozy, traditional look that is hard to beat. However, you may have realized that your fireplace doesn’t put out as much heat as you wished it would. Furthermore, you have probably figured out that your fireplace takes a lot of time, energy, and money to maintain. This is a problem is so common that many homeowners don’t really use their wood fireplaces very often, if at all. At Old Smokey’s we can help you bring new life to your wood fireplace, without all the hardships associated with maintaining and operating it. Our gas log sets are economical, low maintenance, and easy to operate.

Gas Log Sets

A gas log set is a decorative appliance that can be inserted into your current firebox, converting it to a gas fireplace instead of a wood burning one. Gas logs consist of ceramic, fire resistant logs which are places on top of a burner fueled by either propane or natural gas. The ceramic logs are designed and placed to look like real wood logs and create an extremely realistic looking wood fire. Although they are fueled with gas, they do require similar ventilation as a wood fireplace.

Gas Log Set Benefits

Gas log sets are much more easy to maintain. Since the ceramic logs don’t actually burn, the only byproducts produced are from burning natural gas or propane. Since these clean-burning fuels produce very little in the way of byproducts chimney and vent cleaning is much less frequent. Although there is less maintenance, it is still very important to have your gas log inspected at least once a year by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician. Gas logs sets are also much easier to operate. Instead of chopping, seasoning, and collecting wood, all you need to do is flip a switch or push a button.

How Much Heat do Gas Logs Produce?

Gas logs produce similar heat to a wood fireplace, meaning they aren’t incredibly efficient. If you want to increase your heating efficiency as well, we also sell gas inserts at Old Smokey’s. People often confuse gas logs and gas inserts. The main difference is that gas logs vent straight out of the chimney, and gas inserts push heat into your home.

If you want a more convenient lifestyle, call Old Smokey’s for an estimate on a gas log set. You can call us at 800-876-6539 or schedule an appointment online here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Gas Log and Gas Fireplace Maintenance

If you heat with gas, does it eliminate the need for preventive maintenance? No. Although gas is a relatively clean-burning fuel, it still produces residues and other byproducts of combustion, just as burning wood does. Maintenance is still required. Should your chimney be inspected, too? By all means.

As chimney and fireplace (and combustion) experts, Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney can recognize the telltale signs of needed maintenance for your gas-heated fireplace and its venting system.

Gas Log and Gas Fireplace Maintenance - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sProper exhaust venting is key. Even though natural-gas-burning appliances typically do not produce a lot of visible soot, they can in fact leave deposits in your chimney. And these deposits can, over time, harm your chimney and its liner and brickwork. The solution? Have your venting system and chimney inspected by one of Old Smokey’s Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) professionals. Even the use of a gas log or gas fireplace calls for maintenance consisting of — at the very least — an inspection of your chimney system to discover any hidden problems.

Incomplete combustion is one of the potential problems with a fireplace that uses gas logs or another source of natural gas as a fuel. If condensation results, it can have a corrosive effect on your flue and chimney. Nobody wants an acidic material eating away at the mortar and brick of your chimney from the inside.

According to the CSIA, these symptoms could point to a venting system problem:

  • Damp patches on interior walls or exterior walls
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Blistered paint
  • Stains on the ceiling around the chimney
  • White stains on the outside of the masonry chimney
  • Eroded mortar joints
  • Crumbling bricks

Have one of Old Smokey’s chimney sweeps perform routine maintenance to determine the extent of any of these symptoms. You don’t want debris blocking your flue, potentially exposing the occupants of your home to carbon monoxide and other dangerous combustion byproducts. Nor do you want any other potential problem lurking unseen.

By calling Old Smokey’s, you can have your chimney/venting system evaluated by a competent Certified Chimney Sweep. If a problem is found, we can devise effective solutions for your natural-gas-fueled system.

We are proud that our technicians are certified by the CSIA. For more than 20 years now, Old Smokey’s has been proudly serving homeowners in northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. Folks from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south know Old Smokey’s.

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment. Just remember: even though gas logs and fireplaces fueled by natural gas are a reasonably clean alternative, they are still performing combustion. And combustion still demands periodic maintenance such as chimney sweeping and other cleanups.

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