Gas Log Sets

If you’re considering adding or converting a fireplace to your home, gas log sets are a great option. The benefits of gas log sets include the cost savings you receive when utilizing an existing fireplace in your home, in addition to how easy these appliances are to use. With that said, there are other considerations that owners must address before choosing this fuel type. Our list of pros and cons, located below, can help you decide on an appliance that perfectly suits your home.

Pros

  • Instant ambience.
  • Utilizes existing masonry fireplace.
  • Ideal for warmer climates where extra heat is unnecessary.
  • Current technology allows better logs and flames than in past.
  • Burns clean.
  • Easy to use.
  • No ashes to clean.

Cons

  • Less efficient use of fuel vs. fireplace.
  • Little or no heating capability.
  • Opportunity for products of combustion to enter home in negative pressure situation.
  • Relatively expensive to operate vs. gas fireplace or insert.

FAQ

  • What are the benefits of buying gas logs?

    These easy to use appliances provide a spectacular focal point in any space. The inviting flames offer the ultimate in ambiance, and with minimal maintenance, these appliances offer unmatched convenience.

  • What is the smallest firebox that can use gas logs?

    Contact us for more information on the size requirements for gas logs.

  • What size gas logs do I need?

    Determining the correct log size is dictated by the overall size of your fireplace. By measuring the front and back width, height, and depth of your fireplace, you will be able to determine which sized hearth kit to use. Buying a kit that is too big can cause damage to both the logs and the fireplace, so ensure that there is appropriate space between the hearth kit and the fireplace walls.

  • Where should I place my gas logs?

    Follow the instructions in your installation manual. The detailed diagrams will depict the optimal placement.

  • Can I adjust the flames in my gas log set?

    No, you cannot adjust the flame height or settings.

  • How expensive is it to operate gas logs?

    The cost of gas log operation is dependent on several factors including your specific model, the type of fuel that you are using, and the BTU input. If you get in touch with your local fuel provider you can get a better idea of the costs.

  • How difficult are gas logs to maintain?

    To ensure that your appliance is working properly, schedule a maintenance checkup at least every other year.

  • What does it cost to install gas logs?

    There is no standard cost for installation, as prices vary in different markets. If you need to install a gas line, it will be more expensive. Contact us today to learn more about our factory-trained installation professionals.

  •  How many gas log options do I have?

    You can see all of our available models on our website. Each of these options utilizes one of our three hearth kits.
    • Match Light Hearth Kit
    • Safety Pilot Hearth Kit
    • Millivolt Hearth Kit

  • What does a safety pilot do?

    Utilizing a safety pilot system ensures that no gas is flowing to your appliance while it is not in operation.

  • What do I need to use a wall switch or a remote control?

    Both of these operating controls require a Millivolt value system for use. If you choose to use a wall switch, you will need low voltage electrical wiring as well.

  • If my gas line comes in from the left, can I still install gas logs?

    Yes, simply read through your installation manual for detailed instructions.

  • How much heat will be generated by my gas logs?

    Gas logs produce a radiant heat that can be intensified using glass doors. For maximum heat, consider a direct vent insert.

  • Can I close the glass doors on my fireplace while the logs are in operation?

    You cannot close the doors, doing so can potentially damage the controls.

  • Why is it common that gas log sets aren’t centered?

    This could be due to improper installation, or the existence of a safety valve.

  • Can I convert the type of gas my gas logs use?

    Whether you’re looking to convert from LP to natural gas or vice versa, either is possible. Please contact us to learn how.

  • What material are gas logs made of?

    Our RealWood Elite gas logs are made of a specially designed fiber material that will last a lifetime.

  • What material are gas logs made of?

    Our RealWood Elite gas logs are made of a specially designed fiber material that will last a lifetime.

  • Can I burn wood on this hearth kit after removing the gas logs?

    You cannot burn wood on this hearth kit, doing so voids the warranty, and can cause injury, damage, or worse. You can only burn wood in your fireplace if you cap your gas line and install the proper wood burning hearth kit.

  • Why is there so much soot on my gas logs?

    If you are experiencing an excessive amount of soot buildup, that means that your fireplace is not able to utilize complete combustion due to the flames being cooled when they come in contact with your logs.

  • Can I clean my gas logs? And if so, how?

    You can clean your gas logs using a vacuum or soft brush after removing them and bringing them outdoors. You must replace them in their original position once clean.

  • With gas logs, do I need the damper open all the time?

    Yes. You must maintain at least a small opening at all times. While in use, the damper must be completely open to allow pilot exhaust to escape.

  • If one of my gas logs break, what do I do?

    Contact your local dealer to order a replacement log. In the meantime, do not operate your fireplace. Doing so can cause sooting.

  • My wood-burning fireplace has a gas log set, can I convert it back to wood?

    Yes, to do so, you have to remove the log set and associated grate, cap the gas line, and install a new grate designed for wood. You will also need to have a professional inspect your fireplace and chimney to ensure that everything is in good shape.

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