There is nothing more romantic than spending time in front of gas log heaters. There is a certain atmosphere that is created with the look an open fire provides, an appeal that just is not there with a traditional gas heater. Unfortunately, open fireplaces are not always practical. If you need a substitute then you should look no further than a log effect gas fire.

Many people want the visual appeal of sitting in front of an open fire, but the work and mess associated with a real fire can be enough to turn some people right off. There are a number of benefits to be had from installing gas log heaters instead.

Cost Effective:

While a log effect gas fire will be more expensive to purchase compared to an ordinary fire, the cost benefits are there to be reaped over the long term. The only long term cost is for the use of the gas.

It might seem that it is cheaper to buy or collect your own wood for a solid fuel heater, but if you take into account the time and effort that it takes to collect, cut, and store wood it actually works out cheaper in the long run to use gas. The gas log heaters work equally well on bottled or natural gas, although natural gas is slightly cheaper than bottled gas.


The biggest benefit from installing gas log heaters is that there is no mess that needs to be constantly cleaned. There is no dirty wood to be moved through the house and there is no smoky smell penetrating the house. There is also no ash residue that seems to land everywhere in the room where the fire is located. In addition, there is no need to have a designated wood storage area somewhere in the back yard.

Instant Heat:

Unless you have your fire going all through the night, it can take quite some time for a solid fuel fire to be effective in heating a room or the entire house. Gas log heaters provide instant heat when it is required. They are also beneficial for trans-seasonal periods. These are times where it may be cool enough to need a small amount of heating but not cold enough to need a full fire going.


Gas log heaters have been manufactured to be very appealing. They come in a wide variety of styles and designs including in-built and stand alone. Models come in a variety of colors and accents to blend into any decor, or stand out as a feature if you prefer. They can be installed in period style homes or modern residences without looking out of place.

Installing gas log heaters will not only increase the value of your home but will ensure that you have a heating system that can be used at any time throughout the year. They are a cost effective alternative to solid fuel heating and without any of the mess.