Day in and day out it seems like you spend your whole summer chopping wood that you can’t even do anything with for months or even a year. And, forget going outside to play in the snow the following winter—you’ll be inside cleaning out the firebox.
We get it: you’re tired of your wood-burning fireplace. But, that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to fire altogether.
A gas fireplace is a great alternative to traditional fireplaces because you still get the benefit of a real fire, but without the bothersome cleanup. Gas fireplaces work off of natural gas or propane depending on what’s available. High-quality gas log sets (like the ones you’ll find here) are designed to last for years. There’s no chopping or seasoning involved!
But, what all goes into your gas fireplace? We’re glad you asked…
The most notable component is obviously the logs. Not all gas log sets are the same—some are safe for indoors, while others are designed exclusively for outdoor use. And, some look ultra-realistic with bark and charred edges while others are more contemporary spheres or colorful glass (they are considered modern gas log sets). You have a lot of choices when it comes to what look you’re going for in the firebox!
In addition to that, it’s also important to ensure that you’re set up for a gas appliance. Do you have gas lines and fixtures installed? If not, it’s best to have a professional install them for you but if you’re a DIYer, make sure to have it inspected per your area’s laws and ordinances prior to use.
You also have the gas log controls. Gas log controls include equipment like a safety pilot kit or a gas valve kit. These components are essential to having a safe gas fireplace, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting high-quality gas equipment. It’s always wise to consult with a licensed gas installer when it comes to installing and maintaining your gas equipment, such as the pilot kit.
In addition to the behind the scenes equipment like this, there’s also more decorative touches, like burner accessories and firebacks! The accessories are decorative pieces designed to add a nice accent to the gas log set, but they aren’t actually a part of it. For example, the Woodland Canvas Decor Pack by R.H. Peterson Company features pinecones and chunks of wood—it’s all artificial of course, so you don’t have to worry about your fireplace accessories catching on fire! There’s other media too, such as sand or vermiculite, or super embers!
Remember those firebacks we mentioned? Yeah, they are pretty cool.
The fireplace firebacks we carry for gas log sets are mirrored so that your fire is that much more impressive. You can get these traditional firebacks in a polished stainless steel finish, or you can go with something a little warmer like rose gold. There are a lot of options as far as shape goes too, so you aren’t limited to anything bland!
Just like with a wood-burning fireplace, you also have a grate. Grates hold the gas logs in place and create a more realistic look. With more modern fireplace décor, such as lava rock or fire glass, a log grate isn’t really a part of the décor, so keep that in mind while shopping. Check them out here!
Finally there’s the remote control. Yes, you read that right, a remote control fireplace!
With the remote control options we offer you can control everything—you can set it to come on at a certain time or a certain temperature and, with some of our remote controls, you can do it from your smartphone. That’s not too surprising though, you can do just about anything with your phone now!
What we really love about these remote controls is that you are in charge. You can control everything about your fireplace, including shutting it off if the fireplace screen tips over and now your family is vulnerable to the flame. These remote controls are not only convenient, they also help keep everything that’s important safe.
We get a lot of questions when it comes to this. They might seem like they are one in the same, but a vented gas fireplace is much different from a ventless one and it’s a matter of safety that you know the difference and buy accordingly. We’re here to help answer some of your questions!
Vented gas log sets are made so that any kind of fumes that emit from the logs can escape up a flue and damper. Like your wood fireplace, these gas logs aren’t designed to be used in an enclosed area. If you’re looking to replace your wood-burning fireplace and your chimney is still in good shape, vented gas logs are a great choice!
Ventless fireplaces, on the other hand, do not have a functioning chimney. Maybe one was never built or the one you have is in disrepair and you were planning on upgrading to another type of fireplace anyway. Either way, there isn’t a way for the fumes to escape and with a vent-free fireplace, there aren’t any significant fumes to speak of. That’s why it’s essential for your ventless gas logs to be high quality and made to not emit those trace fumes. Though anyone with breathing problems should still exercise caution with any gas appliance, ventless gas fireplaces are reasonably safe for most people to use.
It depends on the type of fireplace you are using. For vented fireplaces, you need a vented gas log set while ventless fireboxes require vent-free gas logs due to a cleaner exhaust. A simple way to tell the difference is by checking your equipment. If you have a functioning flue and damper, then you have a vented fireplace! We have a blog post that goes into the topic a little more in-depth. You can read about it here!
That’s a great question! You can’t put just any size in your firebox. Due to the heat return of gas appliances and gas log sets, you need to ensure that the gas logs you get aren’t too big. It is necessary to measure both the front and rear widths of your firebox as well as the depth and height; our small gas log sets need at least a foot at the back of the firebox and 16 inches at the front. We have a chart for you to look at in order to determine what you need.
Well, not really, but you can clean them if you notice any kind of build-up! You should never get your gas logs wet, there are ways to clean them and make them good as new again. We even have an article in the works for this, so keep checking our blog[https://www.fireplacedoorsonline.com/blog-articles.html] for updates!
Do you have questions? We don’t blame you, gas appliances are complicated! As we receive your questions we’ll post the questions and answers here, but in the meantime feel free to contact us! You can post questions to our Facebook page, Fireplace Doors Online, or use our new feature, Ask Chris!