How To Select And Install A Gas Log Set
Achieve a traditional fireplace aesthetic while enjoying modern benefits. The installation of a gas log set involves more than simply selecting an attractive and affordable model. Given the vast array of configurable, customizable, and interchangeable options, the purchasing process may seem daunting. As a solution, we offer assistance in finding the ideal log set for your fireplace and ensuring appropriate installation.
When selecting a gas fireplace log set, you must first decide between a vented log set and a vent-free log set. Vented log sets require installation in an authorized fireplace opening with a functioning chimney. In contrast, vent-free gas logs can operate in an existing fireplace with the flue closed or in an approved firebox. Vented fireplaces are typically preferred for aesthetics, while vent-free fireplaces are better for heat. If you're still undecided on the best option for your installation, our article "What To Know When Buying Gas Logs" provides more in-depth coverage on this subject.
The type of fuel used in your home is usually determined by your location. Urban and suburban residences usually have access to natural gas through underground pipes, while rural areas usually rely on propane, which is stored in a large tank on the property. It is important to know which type of fuel you have before purchasing gas logs for your fireplace, as they are designed to work only with either natural gas or propane. Keep in mind that a natural gas system cannot run on propane, and vice versa, unless a conversion kit is available.
When selecting a gas log set, your decision will primarily hinge on your individual tastes and financial resources. It's important to note that gas log prices and quality can fluctuate greatly, and typically reflect the old adage of "you get what you pay for."
Hargrove, Real Fyre, White Mountain Hearth, Rasmussen, and Grand Canyon are specialty brands that produce the most authentic gas logs available on the market. These brands manufacture their products primarily in the United States, utilizing genuine log molds. Additionally, each unit is hand painted or stained with the finest materials to ensure maximum product durability. It's crucial to consider the aesthetic appeal of your gas logs since they will remain turned off for the majority of the time. While a lower-tier gas log set may seem more cost-effective initially, it will likely require replacement sooner and won't deliver the same genuine appearance as premium gas logs.
The most suitable ignition system for a gas log set will vary depending on the intended usage of the appliance. There are several options to choose from based on desired features and budget.
Manual ignition systems are a simple and cost-effective option for lighting a fire. By turning a valve key and manually igniting the fire, these systems provide a basic and reliable method for those seeking to set up a fireplace without breaking the bank. However, it's worth noting that manual ignition systems lack the safety features of a pilot system. As a result, they are only available for natural gas units.
A manual safety pilot ignition combines the ease of a typical manual ignition with the added security of a pilot system. This setup necessitates manual ignition of the pilot, but a knob or valve key can be included to light the entire system.
Remote safety pilot ignitions are an advanced version of manual safety pilot systems. They offer all the same advantages as manual kits, but with the added convenience of remote control compatibility. With the simple push of a button, you can ignite the fire from anywhere in the room.
Electronic safety pilot ignitions, also referred to as intermittent pilot ignitions, provide optimal convenience for your gas log set. These ignitions use batteries or hardwired circuits to automatically light the unit. Furthermore, they can be operated via remote control or switch.
To ensure optimal performance and aesthetics, proper measurement of your firebox is crucial when selecting a gas log set. Unfortunately, we often see owners opt for incorrectly sized sets, resulting in various complications. Simply measuring the width of your firebox is insufficient in determining the appropriate set size. To obtain the correct size gas log set, the following tips should be considered:
1. Always refer to the manufacturer's specifications found in the owner's manual. The minimum firebox dimensions are not mere suggestions, but crucial guidelines. Ignoring them could lead to a poorly functioning unit or even a potential safety hazard.
2. Avoid purchasing a log set that exceeds the proper size. Many customers make the mistake of choosing the largest set that fits, disregarding clearance requirements. The biggest set may not necessarily be the best option.
3. When unsure, seek assistance from our product experts. Our team specializes in assisting customers with fireplace product selection and has a wealth of experience in reading product catalogs, brochures, and manuals. Don't hesitate to contact us for a smoother buying process.
To properly set up your gas log set, there are additional steps to take after purchasing it. It's important to ensure everything is installed correctly to prioritize safety. While it's possible to complete the installation yourself, we recommend contacting a certified fireplace installer in your area to avoid any potential hazards. If you do decide to proceed with the installation on your own, follow the steps below for a satisfactory end result.
Instructions for Setting up a Gas Log Set To properly install a gas log set in your fireplace, follow these steps:
1. Ensure that you thoroughly read the installation manual before proceeding to installation.
2. Locate the gas supply stub in the side of the firebox and turn off the gas. Note that for most gas log sets, the gas should come from the right rear side of the burner system, but this may differ depending on the appliance.
3. Connect the gas supply to the burner using a flexible gas line, paying attention to the installation of the safety pilot kit, if applicable. Seal all non-flared fittings using pipe dope or tape.
4. Place the burner in the appropriate position in the firebox. Typically, this will be centered and to the back of the firebox, but refer to the product manual for guidance.
5. Turn the gas back on and test all connections for leaks using a leak detector or soapy water. If bubbles form, there is a leak that needs to be addressed.
6. If using a grate to hold the logs, position it over the burner according to the product manual.
7. Fill the burner with sand, vermiculite, lava rock, or fire glass to disperse the gas and provide a fuller flame appearance.
8. Position the logs according to the placement chart provided in the product manual. You may also add other compatible accessories, such as glowing embers or coals, at this time.
Our team of product experts is available to guide you through the process of installing a gas log set. It doesn't have to be a complicated task. We can help you choose the right product to ensure your satisfaction.