Choosing The Right Gas Log

How to Choose Gas Logs

Choosing gas logs can be simple! 

1. Select Fuel Type - Natural Gas or Propane?

If your house has natural gas, then select a natural gas burner.  If your house has no natural gas and natural gas is impossible, consider propane.

2. Vented or Vent-Free (also called Ventless)

Vented gas logs have a higher flame that is more yellow, and that actually curls around the logs. However, these sets produce very little heat and are considered a decorative appliance.

Vent-Free (Ventless) gas logs will provide more heat in your room because your damper remains closed.  The flame goes in between the logs rather than touch the logs.  

If you're going for looks, you should consider VENTED. If you're going for heat, you should consider VENT-FREE.  Please check with your local laws, as some states have banned the use of Vent-Free gas logs. 

3. Measure Your Fireplace (also called Firebox)

Choosing the right size of gas logs for your fireplace is CRITICAL!  Gas logs must have proper ventilation.  Most fireplaces are tapered, so measure: 

a. the front width

b. the rear width

c. the height

d. the depth

Our logs have the firebox dimension requirements listed in the description.  Please be sure to select a gas log that fits within the minimum.  If you have questions, feel free to contact our Customer Service department.  We will be more than happy to walk you through the process so you get it right the first time! 

4.  Select Your Gas Logs

Once you know the correct fuel type, whether you want vented or vent-free, and the appropriate size, you are now ready to select your logs.  And it's really a matter of personal taste.    Select what you like.  We will tell you that our best sellers by far are Real Fyre by RH Peterson.

5. Select Your Gas Log Burner

It's crucial to select a gas log burner that is compatible with your gas logs.  It's best to buy logs and burners as a complete set.  Failure to select the appropriate burner can ruin your logs, create unnecessary soot, and potentially release carbon monoxide into your home. 

6. Select Your Control Option

There are three basic options for controlling the flame on your gas log set. 

First is a manual on/off valve, which has a square key that you insert into the valve in order to turn on the gas. We don't recommend this type of valve because it’s possible to leave the gas on if you use this sort of valve, which could fill your home with gas. Check your local laws to ensure this type of valve is legal in your area.

Second is a manual safety pilot valve. This is similar to the pilot valves seen on a furnace or a water heater. To light the pilot, simply turn the knob on the valve to “Pilot,” light the pilot, and hold the knob in for about 30 seconds until the pilot stays lit on its own. Once the pilot is lit, you can turn on your gas logs without having to light anything. In addition, when the pilot light is out, the valve automatically closes and no gas can pass through it. The safety pilot valve allows you to rest assured that no gas is escaping into your home.

Third is a millivolt safety pilot valve. This valve is similar in operation to the manual safety pilot, with an added bonus – it can be hooked up to a control device such as a wall switch, thermostat, or remote. If you’re looking for a remote, you can either get a simple on/off remote, or a model that allows you to adjust the flame height.

7.  Select Your Gas Log Accessories

You have many choices with accessories to customize the look of your gas logs.  Platinum Embers are a huge seller.  They are a low-cost option that really makes your set sparkle and they are considerably brighter than regular embers.  You can do a mix of regular embers and platinum embers for a more realistic look.