Any gas log experts here?

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  1. J R Green

    J R Green Member Charter Life Member

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    I'm looking to replace the gas logs in my fathers house, they haven't been functional in years.

    Need a set that is vent free and doesn't need power to operate.

    My father is 87 with Alzheimers too so they need to be kind of idiot proof lest I end up buying him a suicide machine.

    What do I need to know?
     
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    Don't buy too many btus for the space or he will have further memory loss or death. Calculate the space per capacity and do not exceed. Less is better. Have a shutoff valve installed where it cam easily be accessed. A set with a remote control would be nice as well but they will at some point give you trouble in a few years. Leak test, leak test. 15psi for 24 hours. Hire a pro with insurance and can speak more than slang and can read installation requirements. Pull the damn permit so the insurance company will pay if all goes wrong.
     
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    Going to have the gas co. install and was only thinking 30k BTU unit. I have a question about the remote, does it require power to the unit? What if the power fails?
     
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    If it has a pilot light a wall switch or remote will operate it. No power required other than batteries.

    Lots of option with a price.
    1. One fire output. No adjustment.
    2. Turn up and down output.

    For someone elderly I would make it very simple. Maybe just a wall switch or a remote with just on and off. Every elderly install on anything I do is simple and bigger visible numbers and letters.

    Again the room size will determine the btu size. Small room with too big of a output is bad, bad news. I refused to hook up my Mom's gas logs after they bough them because they were too big for the room. Its a nice ornament because they cut the end off of the mantle to make it fit so they were stuck. They were mad at me but got over it.
     
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    Not to hi-jack a thread, but along the lines of gas logs. What the sets called in a fireplace with glass front, they put out way more heat than standard logs, more like a gas furnace output? I want this set up for back up heat. I don't know what to ask for when I go to look for them
     

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