Installing a Gas Log Fireplace – A Step-by-Step Guide

If you want to spruce up your house, installing a gas log fireplace would be a lovely addition to your home. Traditional fireplaces tend to be more burdensome these days. If you don’t have the luxury of living near a forest, buying wood can be expensive and tedious. Not to mention the maintenance it requires to clean and upkeep a fireplace–having to constantly take out the burnt ashes, sweeping the chimney and making sure the space around the area is tidy.

With a gas log fireplace, there is no need for a chimney, let alone sweeping it. You can also find gas logs that burn cleanly with natural gas or propane. Another advantage is that they are easier to control and easier to use. You have complete control of the heat and have the power to turn it off and on by merely using a switch, rather than having to build a fire and then properly break it down before you go to bed.

Ready to switch over to a gas log fireplace? Here’s a step-by-step guide you can follow without having to enlist the help of a professional.

Charred Oak Gas Logs

Charred Oak Gas Logs (Vented)

Questions to Consider

  • Do you prefer vented or ventless logs?
  • Is your fireplace going to need natural gas or propane?
  • Would you like your fireplace to be remote controlled?
  • What type of fireplace do you have? Masonry, prefabricated or ventless?
  • Are there any building or city codes you need to be aware of?

If this is your first time owning a gas log fireplace, you need to know that there are three main kinds of gas logs: vented gas logs, ventless gas logs and gas logs specifically made for outdoor fire pits and fireplaces.

Unsure whether to get vented or ventless gas logs? There are clear characteristics of both with defining advantages and disadvantages depending on your priorities. Once you have determined which option works best for your home and your lifestyle, you can begin the installation process.

White Birch Gas Logs

White Birch Gas Logs (Vented)

How to Prepare for Installation

  1. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. This will detect unburned fuel or gas and ring an alarm if carbon monoxide levels get to a dangerous level. The gas cannot be detected by scent or sight.
  2. Sweep the fireplace to get rid of extra debris. Remove the old gas logs.
    1. Or if you’re installing a new gas log fireplace, the next step would be to tie a winch to a foam inset that fits inside your chimney and then pour mortar on top.
    2. Next, use the winch to pull up the foam inset to fill the sides with mortar.
    3. Buy a bottle of insulated mortar to spray the smoke chamber.
    4. You can also coat the interior of your fireplace with high-temperature paint. Make sure it is fully dried before proceeding on to the next step.
  3. After you clear the logs, take out the masonry screws and remove the grate that was installed into the firebox.
  4. Don’t forget to shut off the gas line! You can then disconnect the gas line from the burner.
  5. Once the firebox is thoroughly cleaned and cleared, you can reconnect the gas line to your new burner.
  6. After connecting the gas line, apply thread sealant around it before attaching the gas supply line to the burner.

Installing a Gas Log Fireplace

  1. To start installing, place the burner in your preferred position to see where you need to drill holes for your masonry screws. After the holes are drilled, you can screw them into place.
  2. Now it’s time to install the grate over the burners.
  3. Once you’re sure the burner and grate are properly installed, inspect for leaks by spraying a simple water and soap mixture along the gas line. If bubbles appear, that is an indication that there is a leak in that area. You can tighten connections or replace faulty pieces to get rid of leaks.
  4. Different gas logs (whether they’re vented or ventless) will require varied methods of installation. Make sure you use your specific gas log manual for reference.
  5. Remember: Do not handle the gas logs with bare hands. Find some garden gloves or work gloves to protect your hands.
  6. Place the gas logs on top of the grate.
  7. To help disperse the flames, you can also acquire fire granules to place underneath the logs and over the burner.
  8. Did your gas logs come with any accessories? You can place them around your logs now or find some of your own for a realistic touch.
  9. Turn on the fireplace.
  10. Enjoy the warm glow of your new gas log fireplace!

Evening Fyre Charred

Evening Fyre Charred Gas Logs (Ventless)

For Further Information

If you’re unsure about which type of fireplace to install or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-201-1193. Our team here at Hansen Wholesale are experts regarding home improvement and love to share our knowledge!

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