Ventless Propane logs..Stinky or not?

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  1. Boleyz

    Boleyz Prognosticator, Artist

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    Hi!
    I just finished building a MASSIVE rock fireplace that's all fake. No Chimney, No flue, just a firebox for vent-free gas logs. It really looks nice, like those big fireplaces at Cracker Barrel Resturants. I even have a huge mantle that I made from a black walnut log from a tree that blew down on a neighbor's property a couple of years ago. I'm getting ready to build a walnut dining table next...ANYHOW...my bro-in-law said he had to take out his propane ventless logs because they stunk up the house. Other people I know say they are no problem. My bro-in -law switched to natural gas and says that fixed his problem. He also changed his log set, so don't tell me about orifices and pressure, I already know all that. I figured he probably had a stopped up burner that was leaking un-burned gas through a seam somewhere. ANYHOW...What's your guys preferences? Do Propane venless logs stink or not?
     
  2. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    My understanding is that the ventless Elm logs smell terrible, but the ventless Oak, Maple, Birch and Hickory logs smell great.
     

  3. rambler

    rambler Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You are bad!!!!! ;)

    Good taste in music tho.

    Water vapor can be a problem, tho in a cold climate in a dwelling you often need a humidifier anyhow....

    A flame without a vent is putting something in the air, and is taking away oxygen. You'd want to watch that, depends on how tight your house is.

    --->Paul
     
  4. GrannyG

    GrannyG Well-Known Member

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    We put gas logs in our fireplace one year, and it was a mess, blackened the ceilings, and made the walls grey. We took them out and never used them again.We had butane gas logs.
     
  5. Beeman

    Beeman Well-Known Member

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    I've got a set of ventless on natural gas. They definetly give off an odor. I have been told you need to buy the very expensive ones to not get the odor.
     
  6. Alex

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    Here is a site which sells non-vented log sets. CA and some other states do NOT allow them, many other states do allow.

    Can you ask a log set seller your question?

    Alex
     
  7. trappmountain

    trappmountain Well-Known Member

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    We have a ventless natural gas fireplace. We get a little smell when we first light it and we we turn it off. Just for a few seconds. Then it is gone.