R. H. Peterson has been making the best gas logs in the USA since 1949. Peterson gas logs are not made in Mexico or China like some other brands, but are American made in a 260,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in the City of Industry, California. You can read more about why Peterson makes the best gas logs below, but without further ado, here are the best gas log burners:
The Real Fyre Charred Ever Green Split logs featured above are among the most realistic gas logs on the market. As with many of the charred gas logs from Peterson, the bottom log has been burnt through into two separate pieces. This allows you to adjust the width of the bottom log to better fit your fireplace and opens up the center of the fire so you can see more flames and glowing embers. But it is not just the logs that look great, it is the fire created by the G52 burner system.
The G52 Radiant Fyre Burner System is the most advanced vented gas log burner from R. H. Peterson, especially when configured with an electronic ignition system and variable flame remote. This innovative new burner features enticing dancing flames and "more radiant heat" than a typical vented gas log. The specially formulated fiber enhanced refractory ceramic logs that are compatible with this burner sit atop a unique stainless steel booster grid. The extreme heat build-up of the interior portion of the logs in this configuration causes them to glow more like a real wood fire and "radiate more heat into the room". The compact design with hidden controls positioned under the burner requires a smaller footprint inside your fireplace. This removes the unsightly pilot assembly from view that most gas logs have sitting off to the side and allows you to use larger logs in your fireplace. There are several types of controls available for the G-52 burner, but the 2VT Remote Controlled Electronic Ignition System featured here is one the best gas log controllers on the market. Electronic Ignition means there is no standing pilot when the logs are turned off, so it uses less gas. Plus, the remote control not only allows you to turn the fire on and off, but you can adjust the flame height as well. Most remote control gas logs do not have the ability to adjust the flame, much less those that have an electronic ignition system.
The Real Fyre Charred Oak logs featured above have been our best seller by a long shot for the last several years. As with many of the charred gas logs from Peterson, the bottom log is actually two separate pieces that look like the bottom log has been burnt through and separated. This opens up the center fire and allows you to see more flames and glowing embers. What makes these log sets even better is the G31 burner that we chose.
This setup features the G31 Triple-Tier Burner with Electronic Ignition and an adjustable flame remote control. This burner produces a very realistic fire while using less gas. There are 3 tubes that direct the flame more efficiently to where you want to see it and less flame where it is not necessary, thus creating a great looking fire using less gas than other vented gas log sets. It also has a compact design that requires a smaller footprint inside your fireplace with the control valve neatly tucked away underneath the back side of the burner. This removes the unsightly mechanism from view that most gas logs have sitting off to the side. The tailored compact design of this burner allows it to fit more comfortably into your fireplace so you can use larger logs than with some other burners. Electronic ignition means there is no standing pilot when the logs are turned off, so it uses even less gas. Plus, the remote control not only allows you to turn the fire on and off, but you can adjust the flame height as well. Most remote control gas logs do not have the ability to adjust the flame, much less those that have an electronic ignition system. So this is certainly one of the best gas logs on the market today.
By: Greg Tillotson
Gas Log Expert at Hansen Wholesale
Although I am now the webmaster here at Hansen Wholesale, I've been in the fireplace business for over 30 years...and some time ago I was a Gas Log installer. So I have a unique perspective on Gas Logs that I can share directly with you.
When I first got into the fireplace retail business, I started out as a salesman in a local mom and pop fireplace shop where I also performed installations for all of the Gas Logs and Fireplace doors that were sold. Over the years, I installed thousands of gas log sets from various brands, and from an installer's perspective, Peterson Gas Logs were by far the easiest to install. But more importantly, they simply looked better when my job was done. Amidst the other brands I had to deal with, I always looked forward to those appointments where I was installing Peterson logs. I knew that the installation would take half the time, and that our customer would be completely happy with the way their logs looked...and burned.
Selling gas logs on the Internet is much trickier than in a retail store, because you (the consumer) may not have access to a local installer like me who knows the little tricks of the trade that are sometimes necessary to make lesser brands of gas logs look half-way decent when they are installed. In order to reduce our risk of having dissatisfied customers, we decided to sell only Peterson logs on this website simply because they are the best.
Here are more reasons that we consider Peterson Gas Logs to be the best.
R. H. Peterson makes their gas logs right here in the good ol' USA, and they have been doing so since 1949. They are in fact the oldest gas log manufacturer in the country and have been making their top quality fireplace logs for over 60 years.
Although how long a company has been around does not by itself make them the best, it certainly gives them an advantage, particularly if they put their experience to use and do not sit on their laurels. The Peterson company does not take for granted the fact that they are the industry leader, they work endlessly to maintain that status. Their R&D department is constantly experimenting with and developing new technologies, particularly when it comes to new and innovative burner designs and remote controlled safety pilots.
When it comes to creating log styles, Peterson is relentless in their efforts. Even though they already have nearly twice as many log styles to choose from than any other brand, they continue to create new molds every year in an effort to further broaden the selection of wood replications that they offer. Their artists are continually perfecting their craft and create richer, more detailed logs every year. Replicating the natural essence of each piece of wood is a unique artistic talent. Casting each log so that it retains the detail of the original work year after year is the pride of their factory.
Peterson offers more sizes of gas logs than any other company as well, with gas logs as small as 12" wide for tiny fireplaces...up to 60" wide for huge lodge style fireplaces. They have special 16" and 19" gas log sets that are only 9" deep for exceptionally shallow fireplaces, and massive full round logs that work in fireplaces with rather tall openings.
When it comes to convenience and performance features, no one offers more control options than R. H. Peterson. There are match light burners, wall controls, on/off remote control systems, remote controls that will adjust the height of the flame, controls with timers and thermostats...you name it, Peterson makes it. And since they produce such a high volume of gas logs with various control options, the most sophisticated options are often times less expensive than the average models from other brands.
Durability is not an issue with Peterson logs. Each log is hand crafted from their own proprietary mixture of kiln-fired clays and reinforced with steel rods to guarantee less chipping and breaking. Because their logs are ceramic, they will radiate more heat into your room and will "Not Crack and Crumble" like other brands.
Keep in mind that many gas log manufacturers use ordinary non-reinforced cement to make their logs because it is substantially cheaper. However, logs made of these materials cannot be molded with as great of detail...but ever worse, such logs will start to crack and crumble, sometimes after being used just a few times. Lower grade cement or refractory cement Logs are commonly sold at home centers and department stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. Some of the more respectable brands such as Hargrove and Rasmussen do use a clay mixture, but nothing compares to the mixture of superior refractory ceramics formulated by Peterson.