If you’re referring to ceramic gas logs, you want high-quality gas logs. Get fireplace logs that are long-lasting and carefully engineered. R. H. Peterson makes the best product by a large margin. I’ll guide you through the ins and outs of what to look for.

Erick, Gas Log Expert at Hansen Wholesale
By Erick,
Outdoor Gas Logs Expert
at Hansen Wholesale

Erick knows his gas logs. He’s been working with them for nearly fifteen years. He knows all the brands and the pros and cons of each. Today, he shares the knowledge and insight he’s gained in his years of deep experience.

A Beginner’s Guide to Fireplace Logs

September 1st, 2017

As you are aware, there are a lot of fireplace logs available to buy. Perhaps you came here because you bought cheap ones. The logs you bought at Home Depot or Lowe's already disintegrating. Or maybe it’s your first time and you want to learn before making an investment in your home.

There are a few rookie mistakes I will guide you past.

1. You need to know if your fireplace can use gas logs.

2. Not all Fireplace Logs (otherwise known as Gas Logs) are the same!

3. You can’t use a typical fireplace gas lighter with gas logs, you need the correct purpose-built gas log burner.

4. You have to be careful sizing your gas logs or log set - most people want to buy bigger than what actually works best.


So let’s get started before you make an expensive mistake.



#1. You Need to Know if Your Fireplace Can Take Gas Logs

This sounds like a basic one, but it’s good to know a couple of important facts.

Is your fireplace set up for natural gas or propane? Either one is fine as long as you know which one. The burners have to be designed differently.

Second, do you have a B-Vent type system or not? If your chimney is under 8 inches, it’s probable that your fireplace can’t use a gas log system. Another giveaway is if you have glass that doesn’t open. If any of these things fit your situation, give me a call and we’ll talk it over. We have to determine if you can even use a gas log system before you proceed any further. You may need to check local code.


#2. Not all Fireplace Logs are the Same

This might seem like a no-brainer, but I’m surprised how many people still buy the cheap junk they find at the box stores. They come to me shocked when after only a year or two they look like garbage.

In the trade, the name we have for faux logs used with a gas burner is "gas logs". Gas Logs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You can get cheap ones, but they won’t last. When you get good ones, they’ll last forever. You won’t have to replace them. You won’t have to think about them.

We’ve worked with all kinds of gas logs. Many, many brands. But by a substantial margin in all comparable areas, R. H. Peterson are the best. That’s why we only work with them now.



They’re made with coated, especially formulated ceramic and longitudinal metal rods. This helps with both structural integrity and better heat distribution. The burners are build better, too. All this means more heat than the cheap gas logs, too.



Peterson Gas Logs are the most detailed and attractive. If you want the look of real wood fireplace logs, nobody can touch them. Also, they work best when properly installed on their own burners, which are top notch. These burners can also be simple (not cost much) or you can load them with features. Peterson has figured out about anything you could want for years of trouble-free use.

In terms of design, R. H. Peterson’s gas logs and burners are far more realistic than you get anywhere else. Peterson makes double-layer burners for more realistic burning embers under the logs. They also hand-paint details on some of their logs. All up, Peterson’s gas logs and burners produce the most natural gas log fireplace look possible.

We enjoy working with R. H. Peterson because they stand behind their product. Replacement parts are easy to get. They’re a local company that while powerful, retains that mom and pop feel. Especially when it comes to working with customers.

So not all gas logs are the same. In my opinion, after years of working with many different companies, R. H. Peterson make the best by a long shot. Don’t make the rookie mistake of getting the first cheap thing you find. They won’t last, and it’ll be a bigger headache in the long run.


#3. You Have to Get a Purpose Built Gas Log Burner

A lot of customers come to me after they tried to install gas logs on their log lighter. It never works. A professional, or you if you have experience, must precisely place the logs. Peterson engineers each log/burner combination so flames go through the logs. When your fire touches the logs, you get sooting and eventually, the logs will break down and crack. Peterson designs their gas logs to reduce this problem. Peterson fireplace logs in combination with the correct Peterson burners completely eliminate it.

Again, cheaping out is the wrong direction to go here.


#4. You Need to Get the Correct Size Logs and Burner

This is a place where some customers feel that spending more money is worth it, but it’s not. I often get calls from unhappy customers who bought the wrong size. Either they didn’t talk to me or they bought from some other company. They got logs that are too big for their fireplace.

This is an easy mistake to make. You need clear space around your gas log burner. Especially if you want an electronic ignition, more than you might think. When you get logs that are too big, they get your fireplace too hot. The burner and ignition can fail because they’re not designed to work in that much heat. Also, you think a giant log set will look good, but it actually can look quite goofy crammed into your fireplace. So measure your fireplace and give me a call, I’ll tell you what size burner and gas logs to get. It will definitely save you a lot of money to talk to me.


These are the major pitfalls customers make when buying gas logs the first time. It’s always best to call and talk to an expert like me. We can then go through your situation thoroughly and make sure you’re ordering the right thing.

My name is Erick, my number here at Hansen Wholesale is 800 201 1193, extension 110. Or you can call and ask for me. I’ll make sure you get the best gas logs that will be a great value to you for years to come.

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps!

- Erick
800-201-1193 x110
Gas Log Expert, Hansen Wholesale