How to choose the right gas logs

For your home

GAS LOG GUIDE

Choosing the right gas log system can be overwhelming. This step-by-step guide should assist you in making the choice that is right for your home. It is always important to consult your local fireplace dealer for guidance and answer any additional questions. 

Logs Burning

First, you need to know your different venting options

Gas Log Sets are usually divided into two categories, Vented and Vent Free. Each venting option has its pros and cons. If you are choosing gas fire products for an existing fireplace, check to see which venting system is currently in place. If you are choosing fireplace products for a new fireplace, please consider the differences between these two options.

VENT-FREE, VENTED, & DIRECT VENT INSERTS

Vented

  • More authentic and natural looking flame than vent free
  • Adjustable flame height allows for 
  • Must be installed in a fully functioning wood burning fireplace
  • Majority of heat is lost as it goes up the chimney (heat output is similar to burning wood)
  • Produces some soot which mimics a wood burning fire

Vent-Free

  • Highly efficient, these fireplaces burn at 99.9% efficiency, so they can deliver more heat inside your home than vented gas fires
  • No chimney required,  allows for flexibility in placement of the fireplace
  • Some areas including small bedrooms, or windowless basements do not allow these style of fireplaces due to safety concerns

Direct Vent Systems

  • Large viewing area showcases fire to entire room
  • Choice of natural gas or propane models in three sizes to fit most fireplaces
  • Adjustable heat output 
  • Closely simulate a real wood fire
  • Optional high performance blower distributes heat quickly and quietly throughout your home
  • Multiple safety features such as an oxygen depletion sensor, and thermal glass

HOW DO YOU WANT TO START AND CONTROL YOUR GAS FIRE?

Manual Safety Pilot

This system has a safety pilot that is manually lighted and stays lit all the time. Also called a standing pilot, it is similar to a pilot found in a water heater. You can turn the burner on and off manually by reaching inside your fireplace and turning the control knob. You cannot operate this type of system with a remote control, however, you can upgrade later. As the name suggest, this is the safest option. 

Remote Control

Remote Control systems include a remote pilot valve assembly. Depending on the remote option you select, you will have the ability to control certain functions of the log set from a remote control. Remote controlled options include basic on/off control as well as variable flame height control.

Match Light

This option is for natural gas only. There is no pilot, only the logs and burner. Your fire is lighted by placing a match or lighter near the burner, then turning on the gas with your key valve. You control your flame height using your key valve which is normally located outside the fireplace either in the wall or floor.

DETERMINE THE SIZE OF YOUR GAS LOGS

To get the perfect fireplace, it’s important to choose the size log set that best fits in your fireplace. This simple measuring process will help you choose the right size. 

Follow these simple steps:

A. Measure the front width of you fireplace

B. Measure the width at the back of your fireplace

C. Measure the depth from the front to the back of your fireplace

D. Measure the height from the top to bottom of the front your fireplace

FINALLY, DETERMINE IF YOU NEED NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE GAS LOGS

Gas Logs are available in two fuel types, Natural Gas and Propane. You may already have a line installed in the fireplace, in which case the gas you burn will be decided. If there isn’t a line, then you will need to decide what fuel type you would like to use.

*Check to see which fuel source your appliances currently use. If you have a natural gas heater, dryer, stove, or other appliance, then natural gas is the likely choice. If you have appliances that use propane, then select a gas log set that uses liquid propane. If your home does not have plumbing for either gas type, then check locally to determine which fuel would be best for your area.

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