Guide to buying a gas log fireplace
What is a gas log fireplace?
A gas log fireplace is a clever bit of kit that allows you to get the look and feel of a real fire without the fuss. You’ll see them called by various names, like gas log fireplace sets, fake fire logs or fireplace logs, but they all mean the same thing. They come in a range of styles and configurations, and as you’ll see from the superb choice we have at Sydney Gas Log Fires, they work with contemporary and traditional styling.
Benefits of a gas log fireplace
A gas log fireplace brings a host of convenient features. You’ll enjoy almost instant heat, without the hassle of hauling in wood or coal, laying the fire and constantly checking to see it’s still burning.
There are no worries about how you’ll find time to do all that wood chopping and no worries about where you’ll store your fuel. After your evening winds down, simply switch the switch and the fire dies down too. A gas log set means no fussing with hot ash, no grim cleaning up and no danger from unextinguished embers.
As well as all these practical benefits, a gas log fireplace looks beautiful in so many settings. It’s perfect in a traditionally styled interior, and the latest designs mean it works really well in a modern setting, particularly if you’re a fan of the latest trend for maximalist interiors.
What to do before you have a gas log fireplace
Before you get on to the exciting part of picking your style of gas log set, you’ll need to make sure a few essentials are in place. First, and most obvious, is to make sure you have a gas supply to your property, and that the gas line is running to where you want your fireplace.
Most properties will have a gas line running to them, and if you do, then it is usually a fairly straightforward task to get it to where it needs to be.
What do I do if I can’t have a connection to the natural gas network?
If you live in a more remote area, chances are you may not be connected to the gas network. Don’t worry – you can still enjoy the convenience and ambience of a gas log fireplace. Many fires can be adapted to work with LPG, which is stored in a tank on your premises and supplied to your home by following the steps above.
Vented or ventless gas log fireplaces – what’s the difference?
As the name suggests, a vented fireplace has a flue, while a ventless fireplace does not. There are benefits and drawbacks to both designs.
Vented gas log fireplaces
Pros • Large flame pattern • Variety of log styles and glass available • Can add in different embers, glass and logs • Option for remote control Cons • Controls can be more visible • Requires damper closure, so your home has more airflow
Ventless gas log fireplaces
This type of fireplace does not need a flue, so it’s a great choice as an extra heater. There have been concerns about safety though, and some local authorities do not allow this type of heater so be sure to check before you buy. Pros • Great as an extra heater • Minimal assembly required • Controls are less visible Cons • Some safety concerns • Not allowed in some states • Lower variety of flame pattern
Choose your gas log fire place style
When it comes to style, you can find a fireplace to work with many different interior design concepts. Something like this inbuilt fireplace is ideal for people who want a sleek, understated look. It comes with a choice of logs or pebbles too, so you can add your own twist, and the black finish means it will work with any colour scheme. If you like the idea of a gas log fireplace that really commands attention, then a freestanding fireplace is hard to beat. Many come with a choice of log design, and they bring a real sense of occasion to a room. Whether contemporary or rustic style, this type of fireplace is a true statement piece.
What size gas log fireplace is best?
When it comes to aesthetics, choosing the right size is essential. You may like the idea of the fireplace being the focal point of the room and choosing a dramatic realistic fireplace will make sure of that. It’s important to consider how the fire will look when it’s not being used too though. A very large, unlit fire in a small room can be more difficult to style. It’s not impossible though, and things like clever screens and high impact surrounds can offset the look of unlit logs. To help you choose, it’s worth taking a photo of the space where you want the fire to be along to the showroom. This will help you visualise your brand new fire in your home. Remember to note down all the measurements too and draw them out to help you really understand how the space will work.
What size room are you heating?
The other thing to think about is the size of the space you are heating. All gas log fires are given a BTU (British Thermal Units) rating. This shows how much output the burners deliver, and how in the case of gas log sets, how much space they can heat. To calculate the amount of BTUs allowed just follow this calculation. All measurements are in feet and inches. Room Length x Room Width x Room Height x 1000 ÷ 50 = Max BTUs If you’re not sure, our friendly team can help advise you which of our fires will work with your room.
Reasons to install a Gas Log Fire
1. Transform your home A simple change like switching your old fireplace with a sleek new model can totally transform your living space.
2. Add a focal point There is no better focal point than a fireplace – it really is the heart of the home. Gathering in front of a warm glowing flame is the perfect way to create precious memories as well as staying super snug.
3. Unrivalled warmth As well as giving out superb heat levels, a gas log fire means you feel that cosy glow, and not having to spend hours bringing in fuel makes things a little bit easier.
How to choose a gas log fire retailer
Choosing where to buy your new gas fire set is almost as important as choosing the design. Gas is a volatile fuel that needs to be handled with care, so it’s essential that your fireplace meets all the necessary standards for safe operations. You need to be absolutely sure that each part of the log set is made to Australian standards, and that means choosing a reputable retailer.
Buy from the manufacturer
One of the best ways to be sure of a top-notch, super safe product is to buy from the manufacturer. Choosing a company like Sydney Gas Log Fires means choosing a company with years of design and development experience so you know you are getting a quality product.
Buying something made in Australia is a great guarantee of quality and traceability too, plus you know you’re supporting the local economy. After all, if a company offers a 10-year firebox warranty, you know they’re confident in what they do.
Get in touch
Buying a new gas log fire set is a big decision, and we know that you’ll have a whole heap of questions to ask. Our trained engineers are experts in their field and are happy to talk through all the options with you.
We can help with how to measure, how to work out size fire is best for your home, talk you through the various flue options and even offer advice on aesthetics. To find out more about our superb range of fireplaces, and to talk about your options, just get in touch.
You can call us on 1300440440, drop an email to email@example.com or fill out our contact form. You can drop in to see us too, at 6 Shale Place, Eastern Creek. NSW 2766. We’re open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.