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Who Makes the Best Gas Logs?

November 11, 2009
By: Greg Tillotson
Gas Log Expert & Webmaster for Hansen Wholesale

Answer: The Robert H. Peterson Company makes the best gas logs.

Picture of The Best Gas Logs - American Oak by R. H. Peterson
Pictured above: American Oak gas logs by R. H. Peterson (Best Gas Log for 2009).

Although I am now the webmaster here at Hansen Wholesale, I've been in the fireplace business for over 20 years...and some time ago I was a Gas Log installer. So I have a unique perspective on Gas Logs that I can share directly with you.

When I first got into the fireplace retail business, I started out as a salesman in a local mom and pop fireplace shop where I also performed installations for all of the Gas Logs and Fireplace doors that were sold. Over the years, I installed thousands of gas log sets from various brands, and from an installer's perspective, Peterson Gas Logs were by far the easiest to install. But more importantly, they simply looked better when my job was done. Amidst the other brands I had to deal with, I always looked forward to those appointments where I was installing Peterson logs. I knew that the installation would take half the time, and that our customer would be completely happy with the way their logs looked...and burned.

Selling gas logs on the Internet is much trickier than in a retail store, because you (the consumer) may not have access to a local installer like me who knows the little tricks of the trade that are sometimes necessary to make lesser brands of gas logs look half-way decent when they are installed. In order to reduce our risk of having dissatisfied customers, we decided to sell only Peterson logs on this website simply because they are the best.

Here are more reasons that we consider Peterson Gas Logs to be the best.

R. H. Peterson makes their gas logs right here in the good ol' USA, and they have been doing so since 1949. They are in fact the oldest gas log manufacturer in the country and have been making their top quality fireplace logs for over 60 years.

Although how long a company has been around does not by itself make them the best, it certainly gives them an advantage, particularly if they put their experience to use and do not sit on their laurels. The Peterson company does not take for granted the fact that they are the industry leader, they work endlessly to maintain that status. Their R&D department is constantly experimenting with and developing new technologies, particularly when it comes to new and innovative burner designs and remote controlled safety pilots.

When it comes to creating log styles, Peterson is relentless in their efforts. Even though they already have nearly twice as many log styles to choose from than any other brand, they continue to create new molds every year in an effort to further broaden the selection of wood replications that they offer. Their artists are continually perfecting their craft and create richer, more detailed logs every year. Replicating the natural essence of each piece of wood is a unique artistic talent. Casting each log so that it retains the detail of the original work year after year is the pride of their factory.

Peterson offers more sizes of gas logs than any other company as well, with gas logs as small as 12" wide for tiny fireplaces...up to 60" wide for huge lodge style fireplaces. They have special 16" and 19" gas log sets that are only 9" deep for exceptionally shallow fireplaces, and massive full round logs that work in fireplaces with rather tall openings.

When it comes to convenience and performance features, no one offers more control options than R. H. Peterson. There are match light burners, wall controls, on/off remote control systems, remote controls that will adjust the height of the flame, controls with timers and thermostats...you name it, Peterson makes it. And since they produce such a high volume of gas logs with various control options, the most sophisticated options are often times less expensive than the average models from other brands.

Durability is not an issue with Peterson logs. Each log is hand crafted from their own proprietary mixture of kiln-fired clays and reinforced with steel rods to guarantee less chipping and breaking. Because their logs are ceramic, they will radiate more heat into your room and will "Not Crack and Crumble" like other brands.

Keep in mind that many gas log manufacturers use ordinary non-reinforced cement to make their logs because it is substantially cheaper. However, logs made of these materials cannot be molded with as great of detail...but ever worse, such logs will start to crack and crumble, sometimes after being used just a few times. Lower grade cement or refractory cement Logs are commonly sold at home centers and department stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. Some of the more respectable brands such as Hargrove and Rasmussen do use a clay mixture, but nothing compares to the mixture of superior refractory ceramics formulated by Peterson.

Read more about Peterson Logs Here!


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Answers to Recent Gas Logs Questions Posted To This Page
  1. Question #9479 - Posted: 4/8/2014 1:36:59 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/vented/model.asp?StyleCode=RDP&FPType=Standard&GasType=NG&Na...

    QUESTION: I am looking for Peterson Model # SDPG46-18-17, but I do not see it on your web site. Do you carry it?

    ANSWER: Yes, we do carry it. Here is a link: Peterson SDPG46-18-17 Split Oak Designer Plus

  2. Question #9475 - Posted: 4/8/2014 1:29:42 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/default.asp

    QUESTION: On a RH Peterson burner, what is the difference, or pros and cons from a G45A Burner and a G45 Triple T Burner? Is it just the certification or is there a performance difference as well?

    ANSWER: The G45A has a manual safety pilot that is factory installed and tested to meet ANSI approval. The G45 is a match-light burner with no safety pilot. If you purchase a G45 and add a safety pilot it will not be installed and tested at the factory. Otherwise, both burners are identical and both are Triple T. Many cities and states require ANSI approval, so if in doubt, it is best to purchase an ANSI approved burner.

  3. Question #9474 - Posted: 4/7/2014 1:30:01 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/model.asp?SetModel=PL-CHASG10-16&FRONTWIDTH=32&BACKWIDTH=20&...

    QUESTION: I have a zero clearance fire place that had the chimney removed when the house was re-roofed. I never intend to burn wood in it again. It never worked very well burning wood. Ventless is an option, but what are my options for a vented log? I would not want to take the vent through the roof. Can it be vented to a side wall? What are the limitations for running vent horizontally (how long)? I live in St. Louis, MO. Firebox can handle a G10 18

    ANSWER: There are no options to vent a previous wood burning fireplace out a side wall, it must be vented through the roof as it was before in order to burn any gas logs, vented or ventless. Please do not burn anything in your fireplace without having he chimney installed as it was before...it will not be safe.

  4. Question #9467 - Posted: 4/3/2014 7:53:00 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/installers.asp

    QUESTION: I am looking at model HRG45-24-P-SS. the gas line comes into the fireplace from the left side (looking forward at the fireplace). Will this burner-log set work? When I looked at the instruction manual, the diagram shows the gas line on the right.

    ANSWER: You can easily reroute the gas line to the left side using a longer flex tube or black pipe. Often times, depending on the location of your gas line, the flex tube that comes with the burner will reach the other side. If it does not, then you can purchase a longer flex tube from us or from a hardware store or home center.

  5. Question #9455 - Posted: 2/17/2014 9:10:47 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/vented/24-inch.asp

    QUESTION: Cn I just order the burner since I already have a 24 " split oak log set? My existing burner is leaking. Am looking at the G46-24 SPK.

    ANSWER: Yes, if you already have Peterson logs, we can supply you with the correct burner that is matched to them. The G46-24-SPK is one of the burners that is compatible with your logs. Give us a call and we will process your order over the phone. Call: 1-800-201-1193.

  6. Question #9454 - Posted: 2/17/2014 9:09:00 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/why-ventless-gaslogs-smell.asp

    QUESTION: Hello, Thank you for taking my question. We have install installed a ventless fire place Patterson.. The unit was complete but had no logs supplied. Bought new logs. Can any ventless log be used with the burner. Or are the logs and burner sold only in sets?

    ANSWER: Warning: Do not use any logs other than those designed for the particular burner you own. The logs are in fact specific to the burner. It is critical that you get the right logs because if the flame hits the logs differently than the original design it can cause the gas to burn incompletely. Incomplete combustion of gas results in the additional byproducts of soot and carbon monoxide (lethal and odorless), which will be introduced directly into your home.

  7. Question #9449 - Posted: 2/1/2014 3:26:13 PM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/answers.asp?ProdType=LOGS

    QUESTION: I have a Peterson 18" gas log set I'm installing myself. The installation manual shows a right hand gas supply. My fireplace has a left gas supply. Can I just disassemble the burner pan and convert it to a left gas input and put the cap on the right? Or do I need to run a lot more pipe all the way from the left side to the right side? Thanks

    ANSWER: If you have a matchlight system (one without a safety pilot) then you can switch the plug and orifice from one side to the other to convert it to left gas input. If you have a safety pilot, it depends on the pilot system you have: some of them can and other cannot be reversed...it will be obvious because the pilot mechanism would be upside down when reversed. If such is the case, then either get a longer flex tube from a home center, or reroute the gas line using black pipe and elbows.

  8. Question #9448 - Posted: 1/30/2014 9:12:57 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/why-ventless-gaslogs-smell.asp

    QUESTION: We have a "Fire-Gear" vent-less propane fireplace. It gives off a noxious odor. We had it service but to no avail. We are thinking of replacing it w Peterson brand. Will this take care of our problem?

    ANSWER: Fire Gear is not a top quality brand like Peterson, so it is quite likely that replacing them with a better quality vent free gas log from Peterson will help reduce the odor. But it is important to be aware that ALL ventless appliances produce some odor because all of the byproducts of burning the fire are introduced into the room. Propane can be particularly worse than natural gas because the quality of the propane varies from supplier to supplier. The more impurities there are in the propane, the more potential there is for smell coming from burning a ventless gas log. Although we would love to sell you a new gas log set, we cannot guarantee that it would eliminate or reduce the odor. The only way to find out would be to install them. At least in that manner, you would know for sure whether it is the log set causing the problem, or the gas you are being supplied. Read more about what causes vent-free gas logs to produce a smell:

  9. Question #9447 - Posted: 1/30/2014 8:46:17 AM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/vented-vs-ventfree.asp

    QUESTION: My daughter has vented gas logs in her bedroom which is about 24x36. It is her primary heat system. Recently we noticed that the ceiling and top part of her walls were becoming covered in black soot. Why would the logs start this and is it dangerous to them. They have a 1 month old that sleeps in that room as well. I have noticed that some of the baby toys that are plastic have the black on them also. I am very nervous about this. Would it be better for them to get ventless with a heatalator?

    ANSWER: Please stop using the gas logs immediately, it is dangerous to use them if they are producing soot. Where there is soot, there is also carbon monoxide, which as you know is a lethal odorless gas. You need to have your gas logs serviced or replaced because they are no longer burning cleanly as vent free gas logs should. Some Heating and AC companies are qualified to service ventless appliances, so use your local yellow pages to call around. Or, you can use the resource on this page to locate a professional who is qualified to service your gas logs: Locate a Gas Log Service Professional.

  10. Question #9446 - Posted: 1/26/2014 3:14:39 PM

    Gas Logs Question

    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/gas-logs/ventless-btu-calculator.asp

    QUESTION: I have a Peterson real fire vented gas log system 18inch in my fireplace for several years and am very satisfied. I would like to change just the burner to make a vent free system for more heat. Is this possible. Thanks

    ANSWER: Unfortunately you cannot change just the burner in order to create a ventless gas log set. The burner and logs must be designed to work together, so you will need to buy a complete setup. The reason is that ventless gas logs must burn in a very controlled manner in order to burn cleanly. Any disruption to the way the flame burns, such as touching the logs in the wrong place, will cause the gas to burn incompletely and produce exhaust...including carbon monoxide and soot. So the flames cannot touch the logs in any manner in which the system was not designed...which means you must have the correct logs and they must be stacked exactly as described in the owners manual.

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