Who Makes the Best Gas Logs?
By: Greg Tillotson
Gas Log Expert & Webmaster for Hansen Wholesale
Answer: The Robert H. Peterson Company makes the best gas logs.
The Ultimate Fireplace Gas Log
Pictured above: Charred Oak Gas Logs with G31 Burner
The Real Fyre Charred Oak logs from R. H. Peterson are the best looking gas logs according to our customers as this set has been our best seller by a long shot for the last several years. In 2016, Peterson introduced a new burner system (the G31 3-Tier burner) that makes this log set look even better than before while using less gas. Peterson has many different burners that can be used with each of their log sets and the G31 is their latest innovation.
The G31 is a 3-Tier burner system that has 3 burner tubes that direct the flame more efficiently to where you want to see it, so it uses less gas than other vented gas log burners yet produces a more realistic fire.
See all Peterson Logs Available with the G31 Burner here.
It also has the control valve tucked neatly away underneath the back side of the burner, which removes the unsightly mechanism from view that most gas logs have sitting off to the side. The tailored compact design of this burner allows it to fit more comfortably into your fireplace so you can use larger logs than with some other burners.
There are several G31 burner options to choose from, each with their own price point and method of lighting the fire: Match Light (least expensive), On/Off Manual Control with a Safety Pilot, On/Off Remote Control, Remote Control with the ability to adjust the flame height (variable flame), Electronic Ignition with an On/Off Remote and a 110 Volt hard wired Electronic Ignition system with a variable flame remote (most expensive). The Electronic Ignition systems save even more gas because they do not have a pilot that stays lit when the fire is off.
The Charred Oak gas logs are available with a number of other burner systems as well in sizes from 18" to 30"
See More Details Here!
Although I am now the webmaster here at Hansen Wholesale, I've been in the fireplace business for over 30 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
- Question #9526 - Posted: 12/29/2016 9:05:21 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: I have a gas burning fireplace with a broken log. It was originally a wood-burning fireplace built in the early 1960s. It has a damper which is always open when burning. The fireplace was converted professionally to gas sometime before 2000. I converted it to remote-control lighting in 2010 using a reputable firm. Sometime later, one of the logs was dropped and cracked in half. It is held together by internal wires.
I would like to replace one log rather than the entire set. Possible?
ANSWER: It is possible, but that depends on the type of gas log set you have. If you can email us a picture of your gas logs, maybe we can find what you need. Email pictures to: email@example.com
- Question #9525 - Posted: 12/29/2016 8:58:26 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: I have a classic fireplace 26" in the back, 36" in the front and 26" depth. I live in a two story house built in 1935. The furnace broke and needs to be replaced. I'm looking for something to install in my fireplace to warm up the living room. I live in California so it has to be vented. What do you recommend to keep my room the warmest it can be? log set or would an insert be better?
A vented gas log is not going to provide very much warmth for your room. Since you cannot install a ventless gas log in California, you are left with the option of installing a gas insert. I would suggest taking a look at the Real Fyre Direct Vent gas insert
- Question #9524 - Posted: 12/29/2016 8:51:36 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: i live in a 100 year old house and my fireplace was for coal and has a metal firebox. i have burned wood in it until last year, until we realized there was some leakage of smoke from the chimney upstairs. Would it be safe to use vented gas logs? Would we need to line the chimney like we would need to if we continued burning wood?
ANSWER: Burning a vented gas log produces smoke just like burning real wood, so yes, you would have to reline or repair the chimney. I would suggest considering a ventless gas log so do not have to worry about smoke.
- Question #9523 - Posted: 12/29/2016 8:45:42 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: what size and kind can I put in a woodstove "MORE HEAT" that has a door 20 BY 8.5 FIREBOX 28 BY 18 AND IS 12 INCHE DEEP and will they warm the stove enough to product heat with the fan.
Unfortunately, you cannot install gas logs in a wood stove. Wood stoves are designed to operate with much lower draft than gas logs and the venting does not meet the minimum venting diameter. Even more, air tight wood stoves are designed to be burned with the doors closed, which is a definite no no when it comes to burning gas logs since they must be burned with the doors opened. There are other reasons why gas logs will not work in a stove, but I will not belabor that here. For more details, read more about Where Gas Logs Can Be Installed
- Question #9522 - Posted: 12/29/2016 7:59:50 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: I have a 24" peterson gas log set. The gas line in the fireplace is slightly larger than the connection for flex tube that leads to the gas burner. Can I add a smaller fitting to attach to the line leading to the burner?
ANSWER: That should not be a problem unless the incoming gas pressure is higher than allowed by the installation manual, so you may want to check that.
- Question #9521 - Posted: 12/29/2016 7:53:16 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: I occasionally turn our ceiling fan on low with the blades drawing the air upward while using our ventless gas logs. Our installation manual says a ceiling fan should not be used when the ventless logs are on. The flame of the gass logs appears to be unaffected. Is there a problem in having a ceiling fan on at the same time as the ventless gas logs? Thank you.
ANSWER: Running a ceiling fan to destratify the air in your room makes sense from a heating efficiency/conservation standpoint, so I understand why you are asking your question. The responsible answer is that the owners manual says not to run your fan when you are operating your ventless gas log, so we cannot tell you that it is OK to do so. With that said, drafts can certainly cause ventless gas logs to NOT burn correctly and start producing toxic odorless Carbon Monoxide. It is safer for the manufacturer to tell you not to run your fan at all in order to avoid a potentially hazardous outcome rather than suggest that you can run it on a low speed in reverse with no ill effect. They cannot test the actual impact of doing so in your particular room. Their ultimate concern is to prevent any draft from affecting the flame. Whether you decide to follow the instructions is ultimately your decision...I will leave it at that.
- Question #9520 - Posted: 12/29/2016 7:31:40 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: I do not really need the heat, and I have a fireplace already,but, the damper is either all the way open or completely closed. can I get that fixed so i can have it open part of the way so all the hot air does not go up the chimney thereby kind of making it silly to have one
ANSWER: Technically, a vented gas log is supposed to be burned with the damper completely open. Plus, you cannot ever completely close the damper just in case there is a gas leak, so there is a clamp that is included with the burner system that gets attached to the damper to prevent it from ever closing completely. So if you do not really need the heat, then the way your damper operates is sufficient for a vented gas log. Whether you close the damper slightly to preserve some of the heat will not make much difference, you will get most of the heat from a vented gas log radiated into the room from the ceramic in the logs themselves. If you are really concerned about getting heat (which you say you are not), then you should consider buying a ventless gas log.
- Question #9519 - Posted: 12/29/2016 7:02:36 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: Question - Are there burners or logs that are better for use with propane to achieve the best flame presentation? Currently my propane flame in my FP is not as robust as I would like. Just curious if there are options that are better for propane specifically.
ANSWER: Whether you are burning natural gas or liquid propane, each type of burner is configured for optimal performance for the gas you are using. So you would need to make sure you order a burner system for Propane gas, otherwise it will not perform properly. With that said, if you want the most robust flame, we would recommend either the G4 or G45 burners since they operate at the highest BTU (the most flame). However, neither of these may not be the best choice for your particular fireplace depending on the type of fireplace you have and the dimensions. Please send us some pictures of your current setup so we can see what you have and make further recommendations. Email pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Question #9518 - Posted: 12/29/2016 6:53:51 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: Where do I find a remote control for my gas logs? And how much?
ANSWER: Gas log remote controls are not universal in design. They are made as a transmitter and receiver combination, the receiver usually a built-in component of the gas log valve and burner system. So if you have an existing gas log with a remote and you are looking to replace a remote that is no longer working, you are going to need to contact the manufacturer of the gas log system you own and see if they can supply you with a replacement remote. If you are wanting to add a remote control to an existing gas log, that is a different story. In most cases, you will need to replace the entire burner system with one that is remote capable. Replacing the burner system may also require you to replace the logs since not all logs are compatible with all burners. If you email us some pictures of your fireplace we may be able to offer more direct advice. Send your pictures to: email@example.com...or just give us a call at: 1-800-201-1193.
- Question #9517 - Posted: 12/29/2016 6:49:03 PM
Gas Logs Question
QUESTION: I have a gas log fireplace that is over 50 years old and works great but the logs have burnt up. It's a vented system, the
Logs are straight, 19 " long and 4" in diameter the second log is 2.5"diameter and also 19" long
Do you have anything even close?
ANSWER: We do have logs that are very close in size to what you have. However, we need to make sure that they are compatible with the burner system that you have. Can you please email us some pictures of your setup so we can take a look?