Safety pilot is required for propane because the propane liquid is heavier than air. Liquid propane is easily accessible in different areas of the house, when natural gas might not be. Propane contains more carbon than natural gas. Additional carbon allows propane to burn up to three times as much as natural gas.
Natural gas can be used, in some areas, without a safety pilot because it is lighter than air (check local code before installing any gas systems). It is important to know the BTU input if natural gas is flowing into your house, and not hooked up to a fireplace. The BTU input will be helpful knowledge to a certified plumber, to ensure the correct diameter size liner to run to your fireplace. This will allow your fireplace to perform at the expected performance level and ensure a safe amount of gas flow throughout the fireplace. Even though burners are cleaner than wood it is still recommended that you have your chimney cleaned and inspected regularly.
Vented or Ventless?
Vented gas logs creates a realistic look. New advances in technology has improved the logs' look, feel, and quality. Vented logs create a higher flame which gives the illusion that the log set is really on fire. Vented logs were made to be used in fireboxes that were traditionally made for real wood-burning fires. Just like the traditional wood fire, the fireplace damper is required to stay open. Due to the open damper, vented gas logs are less efficient in heating a room compared to ventless gas logs.
The log set can be used with the damper closed because they produce little to no exhaust. The main attraction to Ventless logs is their heat output. Unlike Vented gas logs where the heat escapes through the chimney, ventless gas logs' heat circulates back into the room. All Ventless gas logs come with a oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) which measures the amount of oxygen in the room and will alert you if oxygen levels get too low.
Measure your fireplace's width at both the front and rear, inside the firebox. Then measure the depth of the firebox from front to back. This will help us assistance you in choosing the correct size gas logs for your fireplace.
Choosing the right size is crucial to the aesthetically of your fireplace. There are many different models and control systems that will affect the how much clearance is needed between the burner pan and the wall of the fireplace.
Match lighting is no longer necessary because there are a myriad of options to control your fireplace. Advanced technology has created simpler and more convenient ways to light your fireplace.
First option is the Manual Safety Pilot. On the remote there is a knob that will allow you to turn the flame up, while the pilot stays lit the entire time.
Second, for more control, a remote system can be used. For remote systems some remotes are are on/ off only and others have LCD display that can show room temperature. Remote systems can light a fire from across the room. The variable remote control allows you to set the flame from the comfort of your own couch.
The third option is the newest control method, Electronic Ignition System. The Electronic Ignition System turns the gas on/off remotely without requiring a standard pilot. This systems allows no gas to be wasted and no gas pilot noise when the fireplace is in use.