Natural gas logs are a much safer heating and aesthetic alternative to a firewood fire, especially if you have pets, kids, or limited space. Tree logs can produce flying sparks, especially if they haven’t been dried thoroughly. The popping noise of burning tree logs due to the boiling of water trapped within the firewood logs. One of the reason why home owner’s insurance premiums tend to be higher for houses with a firewood fireplace or wood stove is that the risk of fire and damage is significantly higher due to this unpredictable risk from flying sparks.
The buildup of creosote within a chimney flue from incomplete can be a significant fire hazard. Chimney fires can be deadly, spread rapidly, and hard to control. The fire that begins within the firewood logs can ignite the creosote lining the chimney flue’s walls, sending flames shooting out above the roof of the house. Regular firewood burning requires regular chimney cleaning, which is frequently a messy ordeal.
In contrast, natural gas logs produce a tame but realistic flame that neither lines the chimney flue with creosote nor fills the air with potentially harmful wood smoke. There are no flying sparks or built-up creosote risks associated with gas logs in your fireplace.