Incorporate a set of vented gas logs to your fireplace and enjoy the sight of the flames dancing and curling around realistic looking firewood! We love this selection of handcrafted timbers, featuring beautiful white birch, split pine, charred pecan, and rustic oak. These vented gas fireplace logs are created with impeccable detail and outstanding quality for a product that will provide you with plenty of years of enjoyment. Our gas logs also feature an ember bed for a display of lava red coals.
Our vented gas log sets must be used in a fireplace that is capable of burning actual wood and has a working chimney. These products burn fuel (gas) and emit carbon monoxide, similar to a real wood burning fire. With the damper open, this exhaust can escape through the chimney. While maintaining a level of warmth with traditional vented logs may be a concern, you'll be happy to know that our products are designed with innovative technology that directs heat into your living space!
The vast majority of gas log sets are made from ceramic bonded refractory cement. This allows the logs to be molded from casts of real logs to give them a highly realistic appearance while making them resistant to even the most intense gas fires. Additionally, there are a few sets that are sculpted from ceramic fiber. These log sets are just as fireproof as the cement logs but reflect more heat back into the room. The ceramic fiber logs will glow when they have contact with the flame. This material is also much more lightweight than refractory cement.
Our smaller sets (16 to 24 inches wide) of refractory cement logs weigh around 50 pounds, and that's not counting the burner! Extremely large sets can get up to 100 pounds in weight, although individual logs rarely weigh more than 15 pounds.
These gas log sets are sized approximately according to the width of the log stacks. That means a 24 inch match lit log set is no more than 24 inches wide at the front of the stack. Burner pans, valve kits, millivolt switches and other add ons will add more width to the set. If you have a 24 inch wide fireplace, it is not recommended that you get a 24 inch log stack. We recommend a more narrow set so that you have natural space on either side.
Gas log set height varies based on the size and the type of burner you choose. All of these log stacks are designed to fit in a standard, up-to-code fireplace. The difference is that some units have low profiles, which could leave a large gap in a high fireplace. In other cases, tall gas log stacks that will fit in a standard fireplace might look too cramped.
A single face gas log set is designed for use in a standard fireplace with one opening. The logs are stacked on the burner in such a way that the hardware is covered up when viewed from the front.
A double face gas log set is usually used in a see through or peninsula fireplace. See through fireplaces have two viewing openings, while a peninsula fireplace has 3 sides. The burner is designed to be viewed from multiple angles, and the logs stack to cover the hardware from either view. If you have a fireplace with multiple openings, please see our see thru gas log sets.
Most gas log sets have timbers that have one finish, such as bark or bark-less "split" wood, that give it a specific appearance. Some log sets have a different finish on either side, allowing you to choose what you see. For example, if you buy a double face gas log set, you may have bark on one side of the fireplace while displaying split wood on the other.
We do NOT recommend that you try to install gas logs on your own because they are complicated appliances that may require modification to your fireplace and fuel source connections. To verify that they are installed correctly and for your safety, it is best to hire a certified professional installer. This safety precaution ensures that the gas appliance matches local fire codes and insurance liabilities.
A log set installed in a fireplace of the same width (example: 24 inch log set in a 24 inch wide fireplace) will look cramped. There won't be enough room for standard valve and ignition systems.
Using a slightly smaller log set (example: 18 inch log set in a 24 inch wide fireplace) will look more natural and leave room for add-on components.
Certain gas log sets offer a millivolt valve. This is a valve with a standing pilot that allows you to use a remote control or a wall switch to turn on your gas logs. The millivolt valves do not require an external power source and will still work even during a power outage.
Some of the gas burner options in these log sets will say that they are ANSI certified. This means that they meet the Z21.60 standard of quality for decorative gas fire features. Many jurisdictional fire code standards require this standard. Most other products meet the ANSI Z21.84 standard. Always check with your installer as to what standards you must meet for your location.
The terms "vented" and "vent-free" refer to whether your fireplace has a chimney or vent.
A vented gas log set requires a fireplace with a working chimney or vent. These act as an exhaust for the fumes from the burning of the gas or propane. Flames from a vented set are usually large, natural, and yellow. Most of these sets come with a damper clamp to keep a chimney damper open when installing in a wood-burning fireplace. You CANNOT install a vented log set in a vent-free fireplace.
A vent-free or ventless gas log set does not need a chimney or vent, but must be installed in an area with adequate airflow and ventilation. Flames from a vent-free set are usually low, hot, and red or blue. Typically you CAN install a vent-free log set in a vented fireplace, but you will need to close the vent or damper to keep the heat in the room.
Most jurisdictions have ordinances in place that prevent vent-free fireplaces from being installed in bedrooms and bathrooms.
Not all log sets are outdoor compatible. It is best to get a gas log set that is approved and designed for your outdoor fireplace. We have an extensive collection of RealFyre vented gas log sets for your backyard or patio, as well as a couple of models from Hargrove and Carol Rose! Click here to see our beautiful outdoor gas logs!