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Ceramic Gas Logs

Important Note: What you are about to read on this page is information about ceramic gas logs that were made by Glo Fire. Unfortunately, this company is no longer in business, so this type of log is no longer made in the United States. We have kept this information on our site because a lot of people are still searching online for ceramic gas logs and wanted to help you realize that they are no longer available, while still preserving their history.

The next best thing to what was formerly "Kiln Fired Ceramic" when it comes to gas logs is called "Refractory Ceramic", which is made in a completely different process that is much more affordable and ultimately produces a gas log with similar characteristics. Refractory Ceramic basically takes kiln fired clay in a powder format and uses it to make refractory cement which can then be poured into rubber molds. This process allows the manufacturer much greater flexibility in creating substantially more realistic appearing logs...in an unlimited variety of shapes and sizes. It also allows for much better coloration of the logs with hand painted highlights and details. The end result is a superior product that looks better and performs in a similar way. Because Glo-Fire had to compete with this newer technology, their product became antiquated and far too expensive to manufacturer, which lead to the ultimate demise of their product.

Here is the ceramic gas log story in it's entirety as it was previously published on our site before Glo Fire went out of business:

The Ceramic Gas Log Story

There is only one gas log manufacturer in the US that still makes "100% Kiln Dried" ceramic gas logs. That company is Glo Fire, and this is their story.

"To understand the advantage of using ceramic for making gas logs, it is important to know clays and their composition. Throughout history clay has proven to be one of the most durable materials known to man.

There are many different clays, each with specific properties. Glo Fire has chosen a blend of two clays. the first for it's low thermal expansion. This means that during the process of drying and vetrification, when expansion and contraction takes place, this clay creates a low drying shrinkage and consequently eliminates most cracking.

The second clay has been selected for its binding qualities and its plasticity, which aids in the extrusion and molding of the logs. By carefully selecting, grinding and mining the clay, we have developed a clay that will withstand tremendous thermal shocks and heat without the use of wire or steel reinforcing. The temperatures in excess of 2100 degrees that ceramic logs can withstand would destroy cement!

The plasticity of the clay allows for individuality in the art work of each log depending upon the interpretation of the artist. After molding, the logs are placed on racks and air-dried. This slow "dry" helps cure the ceramic log which is later placed in forced-air ovens to further prepare the logs for the kiln. After molding and drying, each log is painted with our special formula that must withstand the same 2200 degree temperature as the log.

From here, each log is place on a car where it takes a 60-hour trip through our 150 foot tunnel kiln. The logs are first preheated, then fired, and finally cooled. Our final step before packing is to burn charred oak ash onto the logs. This process ensures they will glow in your fireplace. By combining extensive research with special clays and other materials, we have created a ceramic log that has unsurpassed beauty and durability. That is why we can say confidently that Glo Fire gas logs are unconditionally guaranteed against destruction by fire and that they will not disintegrate under intense heat and temperature.

We hope that our "Gas Log Story" has helped you to understand a little of the behind the scenes operation that enable us to produce the ultimate in gas logs."

Editors note: The above story was told by the humble folks at Glo Fire who manufacture these wonderful ceramic logs. I must add a personal note from my own experience:

"After being in the fireplace business for over 15 years, we have become one of the largest independent gas log dealers in the United States. We have sold and still do sell many other brands of gas logs. I personally was an installer for several years and put well over 1000 gas logs into our customers homes, many of which were not ceramic. From my experience, the ceramic logs made by Glo Fire are by all means the best logs you can buy if you are interested in heat, durability, and realism.

Not only do they put out substantially more heat than other gas logs, they also get "RED HOT" and glow to a much greater degree than logs that are made of refractory cement. This gives them the look and feel of a real wood fire. Keep in mind that all other logs are either made of plain ordinary cement, or a higher grade refractory cement that may be mixed with clay and other materials, but they are never "kiln" dried.

Don't get me wrong, some of these other logs are quite durable and very realistic in appearance. Even Glo Fire manufactures a line of refractory logs. You'll see examples of some of these other logs here on our site. However, it's the kiln drying process that makes Glo Fire's ceramic logs so special.

You see, since the kiln dried logs can withstand temperatures in excess of 2200 degrees, Glo Fire is able to use a much higher BTU burner that puts out nearly twice as much flame and heat than other logs. Since you get more flame and heat, there is an extra added value and lot more realism that only Glo Fire ceramic logs can create".

Thanks for reading these comments. I hope they have been of some help.

Sincerely,
Greg Tillotson
Hansen Wholesale


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  1. Question #9479 - Posted: 4/8/2014 1:36:59 AM

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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