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We love talking about Gas Logs over the phone, it is our passion.
First and foremost, we want to make sure your gas logs are safe and appropriate for your particular fireplace, because installing the wrong gas logs can create a serious safety hazard.
Not all fireplaces can safely burn gas logs, so we strongly urge you to call and talk to our experts before you make a mistake.
We will help you choose between the various burner and control options and make sure you end up with the best log set for your fireplace.
We'll also make sure you get the best deal possible.
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Gas logs are made to be used only in fully functional wood burning fireplaces that has been converted to gas by being retrofitted with either natural gas or liquid propane.
Gas Logs are NOT designed as a replacement or upgrade to an existing gas only fireplace with the exception of
ventless gas logs, which can be installed in a vent-free firebox, but only if the firebox was specifically designed to accept aftermarket ventless gas logs.
You CANNOT install gas logs in a b-vent or direct vent gas fireplace as they come with their own proprietary burner and log systems.
Installing a gas log in a b-vent or direct vent gas fireplace is absolutely not approved nor is it safe.
We will not be held responsible or liable for any damages that may occur if you purchase a gas log from us and install
it in a b-vent or direct vent gas fireplace or any other application that is not approved.
If you are not sure whether your fireplace can accept gas logs, please read this page: Where can gas logs be installed?
Here's the quick answer: The best gas logs on the market are the Real Fyre Gas Logs made by R. H. Peterson.
Peterson has been manufacturing gas logs in the USA since 1949. Their Real Fyre logs
are by far the most realistic and durable gas logs on the market and are available in sizes ranging from 12" to 60"
with so many burner and control options that it is virtually impossible to offer them all online.
Although our website has the most thorough display of Peterson gas logs on the Internet, there are still some options that have not yet made it into our online catalog.
Fortunately, we are located literally minutes away from the Peterson factory and warehouse, so we have quick access to virtually everything that Peterson makes.
If you cannot find what you want quickly on our website, just give us a call and we will get it for you at the lowest price possible.
Special orders for gas logs from Peterson that you place with us will cost you less money and take about half the time as other online dealers because the factory is just down the street.
Read More about R.H. Peterson here!
How to Measure for Gas Logs - Front Width x Back Width x Depth
Correctly sizing your Gas Logs for your Fireplace is VERY IMPORTANT!
CLEARANCE IS CRITICAL!
Every type gas log burner system must remain a certain distance from the side walls of the fireplace in order to stay cool, which is referred to as "Clearance" (see Fig.3 below) . The amount of clearance varies depending
on the type of gas log burner and controls you select. When the clearance is not met, the gas valve can overheat and melt, which will cause your log set to stop working...and can also create an unsafe condition.
Although you might think that the biggest logs that will fit into your fireplace will look the best, you must also consider how much space must be left on each side of the burner system in order for it to be safe.
Over-sizing of gas logs is the #1 cause of failure with gas logs. Follow these instructions carefully to avoid making a costly mistake!
Measure the: Front Width x Back Width x Depth
Fig.1 Masonry Fireplace
This example shows a masonry fireplace with a marble front that is flush with the firebrick on the inside, so the Front Width measurement is the same as the actual fireplace opening.
Fig.2 Metal Prefabricated Fireplace
Here's a prefabricated fireplace where the width between the fireplace walls is less than the fireplace opening, so the Front Width measurement is smaller than the fireplace opening.
FRONT WIDTH: The front width is the actual "usable" space between the side walls inside your fireplace at the front, not necessarily the width of the opening. If the facia around your fireplace opening is even with the side walls of the fireplace on the inside, then the Front Width measurement is the same as the fireplace opening (see Fig.1). If you have a prefabricated metal fireplace (zero clearance fireplace) where the opening is actually wider than the width between the side walls inside, do not base the front width on the size of the opening, measure the functional width between the side walls of the fireplace (see Fig.2).
BACK WIDTH: The Back Width is pretty self explainitory and is the measurement of the narrowest width in the back of the fireplace (see Fig.1 and Fig.2 ).
DEPTH: The Depth is simply the measurement from the front to back of your fireplace on the inside. The Front is at the point from which you took the Front Width measurement (see Fig.1 and Fig.2 ).
Height: The height of your fireplace opening needs to be at least 18" for most gas logs. This may vary somewhat between models, but if your opening is at least 18" tall, you will not normally need to be concerned about the height of your fireplace opening..
About the Center Width:Use this measurement to confirm our calculations! The Center Width is the inside width measurement taken 7" back from the point from which you measured the Front Width. The "Center Width" is not a measurment that you enter into our Gas Log Size Calculator, it is automatically calculated based on the Front and Back Width dimensions that you enter into our calculator. This is approximately where the burner and pilot will be positioned when your logs are installed, which is the point where the clearances are critical. This is the most accurate way of determining if a particular gas log will work in your fireplace and no other website performs these calculations for you. So when you see reference to the required "Center Width" for our gas logs, you will know what this is referring to (see Fig.3). Compare this measurement to our calculations before making your purchase to ensure the logs you order will fit!
Enter your measurments into our calculator to find the right size logs for your fireplace. Our calculator automatically allows
for the "Proper Clearance" based on the type of controls you select. Results are sorted by the "Largest Logs" that will fit your fireplace while maintaining the required clearance.
(*) The Asterisk shows where clearance from a safety pilot is required and calculated
Fig. #3 above shows how the clearance from each type of gas log burner or control is required from the side walls of the fireplace. The critical measurement is the center width of the fireplace where the burner is placed. Our calculator automatically calculates this distance and takes into account the required clearance for every gas log burner system that we offer. When you use our calculator, only logs that will fit your fireplace will show up in our search results.
What are the different control options for Gas Logs?
Important Note: Liquid Propane always requires a
safety pilot, whereas Natural Gas does not.
Match Light (no pilot): Match
light systems do not have any type of safety pilot. You start the fire by
lighting a long lighter or match and holding it inside the fireplace just above
the burner while you turn on the gas. The gas valve should be located either in
the wall or floor. If your gas valve is inside the fireplace, be sure that it is
legally installed. Most cities require that you at least have a cut off valve
outside the fireplace that is in reach. Match light burners are substantially
less expensive than other options, but are not legal in many cities.
Manual Pilot: Manually controlled gas logs have
a safety pilot that stays lit all of the time (it can be turned off during the
off-season). The safety pilot attached to the burner will have a knob that you
turn to light the fire manually. This knob works as long as the safety pilot is lit. You
cannot use a remote control with a manual safety pilot. Manual safety pilots are
less expensive than remote control pilots because they use a less sophisticated
system. This is also the least expensive way to operate gas logs with Liquid
Basic On/Off Remote*: A remote capable safety pilot
has the capability of being controlled by a hand held remote control transmitter
or by a wall switch. Both the transmitter and receiver are battery operated,
so they do not have to be hard wired. The wall switch option (sold separately) includes a small
millovolt wire that goes from the wall switch to the pilot valve, but is not hard wired
to your electricity.
Variable Flame Remote*: Variable Flame remote safety pilots
are also completely battery operated systems and are a step up from a standard
On/Off remote because they give you the ability
to control the flame height directly from the remote control. Variable Flame
remotes are slightly more costly due to the motorized control
valve attached to the pilot assembly.
Electronic Ignition Remote*:
Electronic ignition systems are the latest technology. The are battery operated
systems that have a remote control transmitter and receiver that turns the gas on and off
electronically so there is no safety pilot burning when the logs are off.
Therefore, there is no wasted gas or noise from a gas pilot during non-operation.
This is the most expensive type of system, but the most desired.
*All remote control safety pilots also have the ability to be operated manually
from a switch that is on burner safety pilot, so if you cannot find your remote,
you can still use the logs.
Hansen Wholesale was the very first company to bring fireplace gas logs to the Internet. I started this portion of our website over 11 years ago and since then, we have been the definitive source for R. H. Peterson gas logs. As chief editor at HansenWholesale.com, I bring a unique perspective and validity to the information you will find here. This is because I personally have been in the Gas Log business for over 20 years. I have installed thousands of gas logs, and trained many others to do the same. So, unlike other sites, this site is completely managed and edited by someone who truly knows about gas logs...not by a web developer who simply copies information from brochures. Our experience fulfilling the needs of people searching online for gas logs is unsurpassed. Our knowledge is vast, and we truly do employ a staff of gas log experts. So no matter how unusual (or usual) your situation might be, we are quite capable of handling your needs.
You need to Talk to a Gas Log Professional before you purchase gas logs from any dealer!
This is not just a suggestion...for us it is mandatory. We have over 14,000 gas log and burner combinations on our site...so we expect that you are going to need help. We have learned over the years that it is nearly impossible for the average consumer to determine the log and burner combination that is safe and proper for their fireplace...regardless of how much information I publish on this site. Therefore, in order to minimize your risk (and ours), we do not use a shopping cart. Instead, we employ a staff of gas log experts who will answer all of your questions and make sure that the gas logs you purchase will not only fit your fireplace and look great, but they will be safe for your particular application. Doing business in this manner allows us to offer you every option that is available from our vendors. You might find our site overwhelming, but rest assured, our experts know exactly what all of these options are and can help you filter through them in a matter of minutes. And if you are able to stump your expert...they simply walk into my office and ask me for a definitive answer.
Don't know a thing about gas logs? Not ready to buy? Just looking?
You can get started with your research by visiting our Gas Log FAQs page, which has pretty much everything you need to know about gas logs before you purchase. Regardless of whether you purchase your logs from us, it will be worth your while to educate yourself so that you will know what to look for as you shop around. And don't hesitate to call and pick our brains either...we love talking about gas logs and are always here to answer your questions.
Fireplace Installation Manuals
Important Note: Not all prefabricated fireplaces are approved for gas logs!
Before you purchase gas logs, you must determine if your fireplace is approved for vented gas logs, vent free gas logs, both or neither. In order to make that determination, you will need to refer to the owners manual where it will tell you explicitly what is approved. No mention of approval means it is NOT approved. If you do not have a copy of your fireplace owners manual, you may be able to download it from our archive of fireplace installation manuals below that we have compiled over the years. Hopefully you can find your manual here and determine what type of gas logs it is approved for.
Vented Gas Logs: Vented gas logs are typically referred to as a "Decorative Gas Appliance". You will find that most prefab fireplaces are approved for vented gas logs, but may have specific limitations for their use such as a requirement for an "automatic shutoff", which means you will be required to have a safety pilot or electronic ignition system...not a match-light system.
Ventless Gas Logs: Ventless gas logs are NOT referred to as a decorative gas appliance but rather as an "unvented heater", "ventless heater" or some other similar use of the words ventless, vent free or unvented. If the manual does not explicitly say it is approved for a ventless appliance in whatever terms it uses, then it is NOT approved for use with ventless gas logs.
Get Help: If you cannot locate the manual for your fireplace, call us at 1-800-201-1193 or email some pictures of your fireplace along with the brand name and model number. There should be a label inside your fireplace somewhere close to the opening on either side or at the top where you can find that info. Please be sure to include a legible picture of that label and I will see if I can locate a manual for it and add it to this archive. Email your pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marco Fireplaces: Marco wood burning fireplaces are approved for vented gas logs only, they are NOT approved for ventless gas logs. Finding an owners manual for a Marco fireplace is quite difficult because they went out of business years ago and were bought out by Lennox, who purchased their assets but discontinued manufacturing of the brand.
Desa international filed bankruptcy in December 2008 and is no longer in business. The dropdown menus below link to DesaTech.com, which is an information site for products manufactured by Desa prior to 2009. Please be aware that most DESA fireplaces require a specific DESA hood to be installed in order to accommodate vent free gas logs. These hoods are no longer available, so if you have a DESA fireplace and it does not already have the hood installed, then you CANNOT use ventless gas logs...although vented gas logs may still be approved. For further info about DESA visit: www.desatech.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.