When you want the warmth and charm of wood-burning fireplaces without the effort of splitting logs, fireplace logs are a wonderful solution.
Do you love the subtle warmth and light that a fireplace gives off? Do you like your fireplace, but don’t like the chore of chopping wood, cleaning up the soot, and the effort that it takes to start a fire? Would you like to create a middle ground between the charm of a wood-burning fireplace and the convenience of a gas burning fireplace? Here at 31-W Insulation, we have a solution for you: fireplace logs.
With fireplace logs, you can have all the benefits of a wood-burning fireplace with none of the negatives. Fireplace logs are built from ceramic and made to handle the scorching temperatures of the interior of a fireplace without breaking, cracking or discoloring. Fireplace logs give you the type of wood you would like, the configuration of the logs that you’d like, and even the amount of venting that you would prefer. Fireplace logs allow you to customize your fireplace as though it were wood-burning, but avoid the effort and potential dangers of splitting logs.
Understanding BTU When Selecting Fireplace Logs
At 31-W Insulation, we know that it is often the beauty and ambiance of fireplaces that lead people to have one installed in their home. However, having an auxiliary source of heat is another definite advantage and can protect you on a cold, winter night should the power go out and your electric furnace with it or your furnace fails for another reason. It is for this reason that we recommend choosing fireplace logs with heating power in mind. The measurement of fireplace logs is in BTUs, which stands for British Thermal Units. Here are the steps to determine how much BTU heating power your fireplace logs should be capable of producing.
- Determine if you want to heat one area, one room, or a larger space.
- Determine the dimensions of the area, considering the ceiling height and the width and length of the room.
- Consider whether your home has normal insulation and how much of a temperature increase you would need under normal circumstances.
- Use a BTU calculator, keeping in mind that this calculation is if your fireplace logs would be your only source of heat.
- Consider fireplace logs that give you the ability to reach the highest level of BTUs you might need but allow you flexibility to use only what you need at any given time for efficiency purposes.
You might be able back off from the result of the BTU calculation a bit if you only want to augment your furnace, provide some warmth for a short period during an outage, or close off some areas and heat only a place where you can temporarily weather out the loss of your furnace.
At 31-W Insulation, our years of experience ensure that we can find you the fireplace you are looking for. We will sit with you and carefully go over the options that are available to you and assist you in choosing a fireplace that will fit your needs, budget, and lifestyle. If you have questions about fireplace logs, converting a wood-burning stove into a gas-burning stove, or installing a new fireplace in your home, please give us a call. We would love to help you!