How to Choose the Best Gas Logs for Your Fireplace

This piece has been modified and updated on 11/21/19.

A vital component of a cozy home during the colder months is the fireplace. While the heat and comforting glow of a wood fire can aesthetically feel ideal, the effort and clean-up involved have many turning to the convenience and charm of gas logs. To ensure you choose the right option to fit your needs, from look to size to vented versus ventless gas logs, here are a few factors to consider in the buying process.

Considerations for New Gas Logs in Your Fireplace

1. Heat vs Looks

The gas logs you choose will mainly depend on what you expect from them. If you are most concerned about heating the space, choose ventless gas logs. If you are mainly interested in how they look and want the most realistic fire, choose vented.

Family reading together in front of fireplace

Ventless gas logs provide more heat in your home with less fuel since the hot air doesn’t escape out the chimney. They can be operated with your damper closed or without venting because they

burn cleanly without producing smoke. Instead, they produce carbon dioxide and water vapor. The flames from ventless logs are not quite as realistic as their vented counterpart, but all of the heat

they produce comes into your home and really heats up your room.

Vented gas logs are he best choice if you want the most realistic heart-warming fire. They have burners that produce very natural looking flames that look more like a real wood fire. But just like burning wood, they produce smoke and must be burned with the damper open, letting most of the heat go up the flue. You will still get that warm cozy feeling when you are sitting right in front of the fireplace, but don’t expect to use them as a viable heat source.

2. Size of the Logs

Understanding the dimensions of your fireplace is a crucial component of choosing the right fit for your home. Homeowners will often buy gas logs that are too big, which results in overheating the appliance and a disproportionate look at this focal point of a living room. To avoid incorrect sizing issue, measure your fireplace to make an educated choice that suits your needs.

Here are the dimensions you’ll need:

  • The front width and height of your fireplace opening
  • The width at the back
  • The depth front to back

Armed with these dimensions, you can discuss with a gas log expert what your best option would be.

3. Type of Burner Control

Like with anything you install in your home, the price of your gas logs will increase with the features you tack onto your choice. A basic model will include a match light, meaning that you will manually open a key valve to release the gas and light it with a match. More elaborate models can have remote controls for a pilot valve, which can turn the flame on and off and even adjust height of the flames.

4. Type of Fireplace

The type of fireplace you have can also impact your choice. If you have a masonry fireplace that is capable of burning real wood, you can install ventless or vented logs. Prefabricated fireplaces are a bit trickier, so you will need to talk to one of our experts to help you determine your options. Certain cities do not allow ventless logs in any fireplace, so check with your local building department before you make a final decision.

Stone fireplace with decorated mantel

5. Aesthetics

Beyond the size and type of fireplace, the physical appearance of the gas logs depends entirely on personal preference and budget. Even though gas log sets aren’t made of real wood, that doesn’t mean you won’t get that natural feel. The molds made by R. H. Peterson are typically made from real pieces of wood. The logs are then cast from a special blend of ceramic materials that are steel reinforced and hand detailed to retain their natural look for a lifetime. There are many wood replications to choose from to meet your personal taste.


If you’re looking for gas logs for your fireplace, our team at Hansen Wholesale will help you discover the perfect choice for your budget. With experts like Terry at the helm, we’ll discuss what features, styles, and sizes work best in your home. For more information and preview our selection, give us a call today at (800) 201-1193.