HPBA Heating Products at-a-Glance: Your Local Hearth Retailer Can Help Select the Best Product For Your Home – Part 4 of 4
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TYPE Log Sets
BENEFITS A set of logs may be the most convenient way to have flames at your fingertips.
INSTALLATION Log sets provide dramatic realism from the ceramic logs. Log sets can be inserted into an existing fireplace, though modifications may be necessary.

Vent-free gas log sets require no chimney or fire modification.

FUEL USE/TYPE Log sets use natural gas, propane or run on electricity.
COST*
Includes estimated price of average product and installation (in US $)
Natural Gas Typical cost of vent-free gas log sets: $400-$1,000.

Electric FireplaceTypical cost of electric log sets: $100-$300.
ESTIMATED EFFICIENCY**
Effiency is measured differently for different fuel types
Natural GasVent-free gas stoves are 92 – 99% efficient.
Electric FireplaceElectric inserts are up to 99% efficient..

 

* Accessories such as remote controls and gas line work may add to the estimated cost.

**Efficiency Notes: 1) Vent-free gas appliances: Some sources use 92-99% depending on how efficiencies are measured. 2) Electric appliances: The energy efficiency measured on this chart does not take into account getting electricity to the house. 3) Canadian residents: For more information on the efficiency ratings for gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts, go to http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/equipment/english/fireplace-search.cfm. Vent-free products are not available in Canada. 4) Data for efficiency ratings came from multiple sources, including: HPBA members, energy.cas.psu.edu, Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance, hometips.com. 5) The estimated efficiency number (higher is better) is the result of measuring how much energy comes out of the hearth product from the amount of fuel put into it.

*** The delivered efficiency of corn stoves is slightly less than pellet stoves due to the higher moisture content in corn compared to wood pellets. Visit www.hpba.org/fuelcalculator to learn more.