Remote Control Gas Logs are becoming ever so popular because of their hassle-free convenience. Imagine not having to do anything but push the button on your gas log remote and...wallah!...you have an instant roaring fire with no fuss or mess. No more wood to store, no more ashes to clean, and for those who already have a match-light gas log set, no more praying that the hairs on your arms don't get singed as you light your logs. The only inconvenience you will face is trying to figure out what type of remote control gas logs to buy...because the options can be confusing to say the least. We created this page to help you understand the differences between the various types of remote controlled gas logs. After reading this, we suggest that you give us a call and talk to one of our gas log experts who can quickly help you choose which log style, burner system and remote control combination will best suite your fireplace and your budget.
Remote controlled gas logs come in 3 main varieties: Basic On/Off Remotes, Variable Flame Remotes and Electronic Ignition Remotes. Each of these types of gas logs will have some type of pilot system that has a battery operated transmitter and receiver. Each of the 3 types also comes with a manual over-ride knob attached directly to the safety pilot that allows you to operate the logs directly without using the remote control, so if you have temporarily (or permanently) misplaced your remote transmitter, you can still operate the gas log set. Below are descriptions of each type as well as links to find them on our website.
Gas logs that have a basic On/Off remote control burner system have the ability to turn the logs on and off, but cannot adjust the flame up or down, so the flame is always in a fixed setting. This is the least expensive type of gas log remote control burner system because it requires less sophisticated working components. On/Off remote control gas logs will come with a safety pilot that must stay lit in order for the system to operate. To turn the logs on or off, you simply push the button on the remote transmitter. An upgraded "Thermostatic Remote Transmitter" can be purchased that will also turn the logs on and off off automatically based on the room temperature.
Gas logs that have an Adjustable Flame Remote (often called Variable Flame Remote) burner system give you the ability to adjust the flame height directly from the remote transmitter in addition to turning the logs on and off. This is our most popular type of remote control because it brings full control of the log set right to your finger tips. Variable flame remote control burner systems are more expensive than the basic on/off remotes because they have a sophisticated motorized valve that opens and closes when you hold the remote transmitter in the up or down flame height position. As with the on/off remote control gas logs, variable flame remote gas logs will also have a standing pilot that must remain lit in order for the system to operate.
Gas logs that have an electronic ignition remote control system are the most sophisticated...and hence, the most expensive. The main difference between the Electronic Ignition Remote and the other options is that there is no standing pilot when the gas logs are in the off mode. The electronic ignition system automatically lights the pilot whenever it is turned on and the pilot goes out when you turn the logs off...all accomplished with a push of the button from the remote. The electronic ignition system used for most Peterson gas logs is an On/Off only control, so it does not have the ability to adjust the flame height either manually or with a remote control. The G10 and G18 series ventless gas logs are an exception to this as they do have the ability to adjust the flame height both manually and via the included remote control.
Choosing the right type of control system, safety pilot and gas log burner can be confusing if you are not familiar with the various options that are available for each gas log set. We highly recommend that you call and talk to one of our gas log experts who will help you choose the best gas logs for your needs and budget.
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