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You and Your Gas Log Set: Selecting the Right Size

 Nov 25, 2016  Safety & Maintenance, Fireplace Know How

How to measure your fireplace for a gas log setYou’ve come to the decision that switching your wood burning fireplace to a gas log set is what’s best for you, your family and your home. Great! It isn’t as simple as just deciding that’s what you want to do and buying the first pictured fire product you see, though. There are a lot of things for you to take into account and it isn’t just the aesthetics of a gas log set. What size works best for your fireplace? And, what kind of control system works best for you? Answering these questions before you order your gas log set can mean the difference between years of enjoyment and a mistake easily costing several hundred dollars.

Let us help you find the perfect gas log set for your wood burning fireplace so that your latest home upgrade won’t merely lead to more headaches and heartache!

How big is your fireplace?

The first thing you need to do when it comes to ordering your gas log set is find out how big your fireplace is. The same basic principles apply to both masonry and zero-clearance fireplaces and we’ll let you know what’s different as we go over measuring your firebox.

Measuring your fireplace for a gas log set.

The front width of your fireplace is the front of the space of the firebox. After all, this is where your gas logs will be! Be sure to measure the width of the fire walls in the firebox—not the opening! Many factory built fireplaces have a larger fireplace opening than the fire box, leading to inaccurate sizing. Most masonry fireplaces have the facing flush with the edge of the firebox, but the same idea applies. Be sure that you’re measuring the opening of your firebox, not necessarily the fireplace opening.

You also need the depth of your firebox! This is pretty simple: measure from the front edge of your firebox (where you took the front width measurement) to the back wall to get the depth of the firebox. Remember, your firebox is the usable space within your fireplace, so you want all of your measurements to be accurate. You’ll also want to get the back width of your firebox. Most are not the same as the front width, so it’s important to know this one too. Simply measure the back wall of your firebox from left to right! The height of your firebox is important too, but not something you generally have to worry about. If your firebox is at least 18” high, most gas log sets will function just fine in your fireplace.

Different ignition types available.Your Controls Matter!

As you can see when you browse our beautiful gas log sets, there are different options when it comes to the controls for your logs. Some are more convenient, others more economical depending on what you’re looking for. What you choose can also impact the size of the gas log set you want, so take a look at these options to see what works best for you!

The first option takes up the least amount of space, but it may not be ideal for all homes. A manual on/off valve only requires 2 inches of clearance on both sides so it’s great if you want a bigger gas log set. Unfortunately a manual on/off switch cannot be used with propane, but it is a very easy to operate control if you want something for your natural gas that isn’t complicated.

The second option is a manual safety pilot valve. It takes up a little more room (4 inches on each side), but you don’t have to light the burner each time you want to use it, simply light it once, then turn it on or keep it on pilot when not in use. You can save your gas throughout the warm summer months by turning it off.

Finally the remote ready Millivolt Pilot Valve is very similar to the manual safety pilot valve, except it can be hooked up to a remote control! This one takes up the most room at 12 inches total, but the benefit of it often outweighs the inconvenience thanks to its easy use. When you shop with us, you can choose from several remote control options that make lighting your gas log set easy an aesthetically pleasing!

What Gas Log Set is best for you?


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Now that you know what can affect the gas log set you need, it’s time to find out what size you want! We mentioned above what clearance you need for the control options available to you. You could go at it yourself as far as selecting a gas log set and control that you like, but we suggest giving us a call.  We’re experts when it comes to fireplaces and it can be really tricky figuring out the size log set that works best for your fireplace. 

Why is it so important to get the right size? If your gas log set is too small, it isn’t only less attractive, but it also can affect how efficient your fireplace is at making your home warmer. Too large of a gas log set can also affect fireplace drafting and can interfere with the control and gas log set operations. Give us a call at 1-877-373-6677 or use our chat feature to see what gas log set works best for your needs. All we need is your measurements and to know what control system you intend to install on your gas log set!

Upgrading your wood burning fireplace to a gas one is exciting. Not only do you avoid the maintenance that comes with a wood burning fireplace, you also save money and effort as far as the wood goes. But, it’s also important to select the right gas log set for your needs. The wrong one can be a disappointment as far as aesthetics or even reduce the efficiency of your fireplace all together!

For those that a vented gas log set isn’t ideal, check out our vent free gas log sets here  and see if one of those is a good choice for your home. As always our helpful, knowledgeable staff is here to answer your questions whether it’s about one of our beautiful fireplace doors or the gas log set you want to use to keep you toasty this coming cold season. Let us help you today!

 

Last updated on November 25th 2016.

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