We don’t know!
There, I got your attention because that probably wasn’t the answer you were expecting. At Ozark Stove and Chimney, it’s not that we don’t know what we are talking about when it comes to gas fireplace services and, specifically, gas fireplace logs (I promise, we do!). But people don’t typically realize how many factors affect our ability to give you an accurate answer without first inspecting your gas fireplace.
Now, we understand time is valuable so let’s jump right into it and talk more about why this topic isn’t so black and white – and help you make a more informed decision on when you should replace your gas fireplace logs.
What Factors Can Affect the Lifespan of Gas Fireplace Logs?
Several factors can affect the lifespan of gas fireplace logs including…
- Type of Gas Fireplace: Do you have a vented, direct vent, or vent-free fireplace? Logs in a well-maintained vented fireplace can last up to 10-15 years, while logs in a well-maintained vent-free fireplace can last on average only 3-5 years.
- Usage Frequency: Similar to just about anything else you use, the more often you use it, the quicker the logs may wear out.
- Quality of Logs: Did you know gas logs can be made out of various materials? Most gas logs are made out of ceramic, but some are made of cement (which tends to fade more quickly).
- Maintenance: Regular maintenance and cleaning can extend the lifespan of gas fireplace logs. Low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance is required!
- Installation: One important reason to always seek out a certified chimney technician for gas fireplace installation is because poor installation can lead to uneven heating and increased wear and tear.
- Heat Exposure: Placing logs too close to the flame or exposing the logs to such high temperatures for long periods of time can degrade the logs more quickly.
- Physical Damage: Accidents such as mishandling or dropping heavy objects on the logs can cause cracks or breakage. Unfortunately, there is no quick DIY repair for these types of instances.
- Climate & Outdoor Usage: Outdoor fireplaces are typically exposed to harsh weather conditions, like snow, hail, extreme temperature changes, or high humidity – all of which affect the overall lifespan of your fireplace.
You can always contact Ozark Stove and Chimney with further questions regarding the lifespan and care of your gas fireplace logs. We also recommend referring to the manufacturer guidelines and recommendations for more specific information.
How Do I Know if My Gas Logs Need Replacing?
It might be time to consider replacing your gas fireplace logs! People often experience any of the following problems when it’s time to replace them.
- Damage or Deterioration: Visible signs include cracks, breaks, or charring. This can affect the performance and safety of your fireplace.
- Reduced Flame Quality: Irregular flame patterns or a significant decrease in flame height could be caused by something as little as cobwebs. Spiders are naturally attracted to gas and propane and often build webs and nests in burner holes. Which is why it is important to schedule a yearly cleaning.
- Excessive Soot or Carbon Buildup: Have you noticed an excessive amount of soot or discoloration on the logs? This could be a sign of incomplete combustion and an inspection would be recommended to ensure there isn’t a problem with gas flow or log positioning.
- Gas Odors or Unusual Smells: If you notice any rotten egg smell in your home, this is a sign of a more serious problem. A gas leak requires you to turn off the gas supply immediately and contact a professional to come take a look. Another unusual smell that you should be concerned about is a burning scent, as this could indicate a malfunctioning gas log.
- Typical Wear & Tear: It is common for gas logs to deteriorate over time. They can even fade or discolor. Even though there isn’t a potential safety hazard involved with fading or discolored logs, it might be nice to upgrade the look and feel of your gas fireplace with new media.
Who Services Gas Fireplaces Near Me?
So, by now, you’ve probably determined whether or not you should replace those gas fireplace logs. If you’re ready to get the job done and have peace of mind knowing it was done correctly, then give Ozark Stove and Chimney a call at 417-201-6585 or conveniently schedule an appointment online.
We take great pride in serving members of our community, ensuring they stay safe and warm throughout the cold winter months. We are here and ready to help when you need us!