The Pros and Cons to Gel Fireplace Logs

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Gel fireplace logs can be a great alternative to a wood burning fireplace. While these kinds of logs provide some considerable benefits, there are some significant disadvantages you should know of prior to purchasing them. Please read the information below which highlights the pros and cons of gel fireplace logs to better aid you in deciding whether this kind of log is right for your home.

Benefits of the Logs

Gel fireplace logs are made out of concrete and designed to look like real wood. The logs do not actually burn, so they can be left in the fireplace for several years without needing any maintenance. When it comes to the fuel for the log, the gel is flammable but creates no environmental damaging fumes or toxins.

This allows gel fireplace logs to create a realistic feeling fire without the ash or soot associated with a wood fire. Additionally, they are also safer than wood fires as there is no chance of embers being emitted from the fireplace and there is no installation required.

Cons of the Logs

Concrete fireplace logs can break down as a result of rapid changes in temperature. This can reduce the lifespan of the log set considerably. In situations where the logs may be exposed to such temperature changes, they are not a good option. You will also need to replenish the gel fuel after every fire which can become costly depending on how often you use it. Gel fireplace logs are not intended to be used as a replacement for your central heat source.