Gas Log Question

    I have vented gas logs. They look decent, make a good fire but I get almost nothing in the way of heat. I have a small out-side air intake in the fireplace the I use when the fire is going. I get more heat after I turn OFF the logs and close the Flue.
    What amount of heat would ventless logs give me? The vented will not even heat up the room. How do the Ventless look - Like fake rock logs with fake fire?
    When I was very young we heated our house with a small gas heater the size of a coffee can.
N E useful advice appreciated.
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Thanks
Ron Cli Bon
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Had the same problem until I dampered down the flue. WARNING this can produce soot inside your home if you go to far. You could try closing the flue 50% and see if it makes any difference.
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SQLit wrote:

Hi, No fan to move the heat out? Thermostat controlled fan. Tony
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Vented ones suck the heat right up the chimney.
Throw yours away and get ventless. All of the heat stays in the house. PLUS, you already have a fresh air intake so you are all set. The ones I have are 12 years old and look real, so I know they make even MORE realistic ones now.

When I was young, we couldn't AFFORD coffee!! We just had a PICTURE of a coffee can and IMAGINED we had a fire in it! We'd walk barefoot 15 miles to school through 4 feet of snow and it was UPHILL BOTH WAYS!! By cracky!!
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check these units out
http://www.envirofire.biz/fireplace-products/gas/fireplace-insert.html
I saw them operating at a building show, they're heat output was AWESOME! Too hot to stand very close to. They have a powerd vent & a heat exchanger to get heat out of the exhaust gases, just like a real furnace.
Instead of "net negative heating value" of a standard fireplace or "zero heating value" of normal gas log set, these units acutally give you heating value for you gas burned.
cheers Bob
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==============I converted my original fireplace into a see-thru ventless fireplace years ago...without opening the original flu I get run out of the house in under 20 minutes ...and that is with the gas on low...!
The fireplace is for atmosphere not for heat...but boy can I get heat..
Bob G.
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