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Eco-Friendly Fireplace Products


Every so often I get asked by a customer if there are any eco-friendly products that can be used in their fireplace. There are different environmental impacts of each of the different products used to heat your home. Everybody wants to make the proper choices and do their part to help the environment. In recent years, many alternative fuel sources have been introduced that can also be used for home heating.

One of those alternatives is gas logs (natural gas or LP, liquid propane). American Fireplace carries a full line of R.H.Peterson Real Frye gas logs, some of the best gas logs on the market.  The advantage of gas logs is that they can be retrofitted in an existing fireplace as an alternative to wood, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which certifies heating appliances. Gas logs still burn fossil fuels because they are available in natural gas or liquid propane (LP). Because of R. H. Peterson highly efficient gas log burner systems it costs less to use per hour than firewood which can amount to substantial savings in the long run. LP emits higher levels of heat, but costs more than natural gas.

Homeowners can choose from two options for their gas logs; either vented or vent-free. Itís important to determine if itís safe to use gas logs in your fireplace before making a choice. Some people find that the more realistic are the vented logs because they give a wood-burning flame effect.  Vented logs must be used with an open chimney flue or damper to operate properly. Vented gas logs are not suitable for any gas fireplace or gas stove or ventless firebox. Ventless gas logs on the other hand can be installed in approved, aftermarket ventless log fireboxes. Because a ventless fireplace has no chimney or damper; you canít install ventless gas log in any other type of gas fireplace or gas stove.

Once a type of gas log has been selected; the next step is to choose a heating appliance which meets the needs of the homeowner. A popular eco-friendly choice is a pellet stove which burns compressed sawdust, wood chips, bark, and organic matter.  The advantage of using pellet stoves are that they produce so little pollution and burn so much more efficiently than a wood stove or fireplace. The fire is contained in a heat box inside the unit reducing the amount of smoke and odors in the home.  Because pellets create much less ash and creosote than firewood thereís a lower risk for creosote build-up in the chimney.

Gas stoves which burn either natural gas are designed to be used in an existing fireplace and can be vented through an existing chimney or direct vented through the wall behind the stove. Gas stoves produce lower emissions than wood or some of the other alternatives.

Finally, the trusted wood-burning stove is still considered to be an environmentally friendly heating appliance.  Technological improvements allow wood stoves to heat an entire home. And when the firewood is harvested from dead trees, no net carbon is released into the environment when wood is burned because the same gases are given off when the tree decomposes according to the HPBA.

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