Gas Light Mantels

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Perhaps you're a purist and the thought of gas light mantels makes you roll your eyes. You grew up in the country, after all. Admittedly, the house was a bit drafty and the hot water ran out much too quickly. But there were several fireplaces and they burned wood. The smell was glorious and the atmosphere warm and inviting, especially in the winter. Your mother used to put dried flowers on the hearth in the summer. That's what you want.

Think again. If you don't have a chimney and can't get one, gas light mantels are worth considering. They offer several important advantages over the traditional wood burning fireplace, in fact. If they didn't, people wouldn't be converting to them. There are two types--vented and unvented. For vented, you need to have a traditional chimney and flue.

About Gas Light Mantels

Vented gas light mantels burn logs, produce smoke, and generate heat just like traditional wood burning fireplaces. The real difference is the fuel and the technology, which you can learn more about from fireplace experts, whether locally or online. The fire that vented gas mantels produces is so realistic that most people won't notice the difference.

The second type of gas fireplace is the unvented type. They produce a blue rather than a yellow flame and generate a great deal of heat. Additionally, they're specially designed to produce less soot and carbon monoxide than vented gas logs and certainly less than wood fireplaces. These are also known sometimes as ODS, for the oxygen depletion sensors law began requiring for them during the 1980s.

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