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Vented Gas Logs: Heater or Decorative?

Vented Gas Logs: Heater or Decorative?

A popular way to provide supplemental heat to your home, gas logs are a clean and convenient alternative to a wood-burning fireplace. If you are shopping for gas logs, you probably know there are two different kinds of this heating appliance: vented and vent-free. The main difference between these two types of gas logs is vented logs require a working chimney with the approval to use gas to fuel its fireplace and vent-free gas logs can be installed just about anywhere in your home as they need no ventilation. However, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), concerns have been raised about vent-free gas logs and their effect on indoor air quality. In fact, in some parts of the country, it is illegal to install vent-free gas logs in your home. Vented gas logs are perfectly safe and provide a beautiful, natural-looking fire, but they do not give out as much heat as vent-free gas logs. Fortunately, there is a type of vented gas log that is made to provide more heat: the vented-heater gas logs. Bart Fireside sells and installs both this type and the vented-decorative gas logs sets, and we would like to tell you about the characteristics of both kinds of the vented gas logs available.



  • Vented-heater gas logs give you both a realistic-looking flame, but they can also provide 8,000 to 14,000 BTUs of radiant heat to your home.
  • This type of gas log set can be an excellent supplemental source of additional heat to your house, and if your power goes out during a winter storm, you can be assured you will still have heat with vented-heater gas logs.
  • Available to be fueled by natural or propane gas, Bart Fireside has models of vented-heater gas logs that can use a remote, a wall switch, a thermostat, and a remote thermostat.
  • The flame from vented-heater gas logs is odor-free.
  • Vented-heater gas logs have to be installed in a functioning and operational wood-burning fireplace.
  • Every model of this type of gas log Bart Fireside carries features a safety pilot, ember material, and lava granules.
  • Providing a beautiful and realistic fire, vented-heater gas logs are made from ceramic fiber that glow and radiate heat.


  • The most realistic looking gas hearth appliance, this type of gas logs is not sold as a heat source, but strictly as a decorative fire.
  • Also available in natural or propane gas, vented-decorative gas logs can be operated by a remote control and can include a wall switch and a thermostat.
  • Odor-free, this type of gas logs must also be installed in an operational wood-burning fireplace.
  • Vented-decorative gas logs are movable and allow more flexibility to arrange your fire exactly as you want it to look.

Have more questions about the different types of vented gas logs? Contact Bart Fireside to ask our expert staff about your options.

  1. Candace Royer11-16-18

    First, do you have a store in Charleston or Mount Pleasant, SC.
    Then, can you give me a range of prices for the Vented-Heater gas logs that you describe? I would like to replace my old log set (vented) with something that actually provides some heat. Many thanks for your response, If you choose to call me, the number is 617-335-1708

    • Patrick Augustine03-22-19

      Hello Candace,

      We do not have a Lowcountry location but vented logs start at around $1000 and go up from there depending on what control you choose. Your best bet is to fill out a measurement sheet here on our website and that will tell us what can fit in your fireplace!

  2. Mike01-18-19

    Need info on decorative vented gas logs
    With remote

    • Patrick Augustine03-22-19

      Hi Mike, your best bet is to come visit our showroom so we can speak to your unique situation!

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