Originally Posted by gunnails
Typically a real fire place will draw more heat out of your home then it will radiate back in.
The fireplace draws the room air out via convection up the chimney. So you need a raging fire to actually heat.
Might want to supplement the duraflame logs with some Presto Logs or real wood.
As for Sar I if your gas fire place has a pilot light constantly burning, then you should be good to go during a power outage, of course minus the fan that helps to push the heat out into the room
I have a real fire place and a duraflame log will heat half my living room fairly well. It is just after a few hrs it does start to draw heat. So you need to feed it ever 4 hrs. Fell asleep once in the middle of winter with it going woke up 6hrs later it was like 45 deg in my house and the fire was still going. lol Reg wood isn't any better IMO. Burns way too quick.