What are they ?
A set of gas logs contains a gas burner covered in manufactured fire wood made from fireproof molded refractory cement, ceramic clay or molded ceramic fibers, depending on the manufacturer and model. Gas logs come in two basic varieties, vented log sets and vent free gas logs Vent Free Log Set . A vented gas log must be used in a regular fireplace, designed to burn a wood fire. Vent-free gas logs can be used in a regular fireplace or can be used in a prefabricated vent-free firebox that has no chimney.
Some vented gas logs will give up to 25,000 BTU's of heat but most don't give hardly any heat. If you are primarily interested in a large flame and don't care much about receiving heat from the log set then a good choice is a vented gas log.On the other hand if you are expecting to get heat from your new log set then you will want to consider either a vent-free model or a vented gas log that is rated to give heat (most aren't) or you can go with a vented gas log set and a Gas Log Heater. The Gas Log Heater will provide up to 25,000 BTU's of heat into the room and can be used with or without glass doors
If you have a see-through fireplace (a fireplace you can view from either side) then you'll need to look at sets that are specifically designed for a see-through fireplace.
How to ignite gas fireplace logs?
When the weather outside starts to get frightful, there's nothing more delightful than a warm, cozy fire. A gas fireplace is a simple tool to instantly and safely light a fire in your home without the need for firewood or other messy combustible materials. Lighting a gas fireplace is as easy as hitting its ignition switch or "On" button, but the fireplace must first have a source of gas and a lit.
(1)Remove the glass cover from your fireplace and locate the gas supply valve. This is a small connector that should be found between your fireplace's gas line and the gas pipe that leads into the fireplace.
(2)Open the gas supply valve. This usually means turning the lever so it's parallel with the line, but most valves have on/off markers to make it easier.
(3)Find the pilot light assembly in your fireplace. This is usually below the logs in the bottom center of the firebox. This light must be lit to use the fireplace
(4)Locate the ignition button for your fireplace and press it to ensure that the lighting spark operates correctly. You should hear clicking sounds when the button is depressed
(5)Rotate the control knob near the ignition button to the "Pilot" setting.
(6)Press the control knob (it should press in like a button) and hit the ignition button once per second until the pilot light ignites. If the pilot does not light, take a five-minute break and try again.
(7)Once the pilot lights, hold the valve down for around 30 seconds, then release. If the pilot light goes out, you'll need to speak with your gas fireplace vendor or manufacturer
(8)Flip the power on your fireplace remote control or wall switch to the "On" position to light the fireplace and replace the protective glass.
How to clean your logs ?
According to the Minnesota Blue Flame Gas Association, ceramic logs provide a realistic alternative to actual wood logs in the fireplace. A gas fireplace is a clean, convenient and cost-effective way to provide warmth to any room. A natural gas ceramic log fireplace can reduce up to 99 percent of pollutants and particles that real wood fireplaces produce. Proper care and maintenance are important to keep your ceramic fireplace logs burning safely. Clean your ceramic fireplace logs before the first burn of the season and periodically throughout the season,depending on usage.
(1)Take a picture of your ceramic fireplace log placement using a digital camera or cellphone camera. Ceramic logs are designed to sit over the burner assembly in specific configurations. Taking a picture allows you to replace them properly to continue safe use of your fireplace.
(2)Remove the logs from the grate and place them on old newspapers spread on the floor. Vacuum the ceramic logs to remove loose debris
(3)Dust any loose debris off the burner assembly, the base assembly and the grate with a stiff brush. Vacuum up the particles.
(4)Replace the logs in the grate using the picture you took in Step 1 as a guide.
How To Decide ?
When shopping for a gas log set there are several things to consider. A really cheap price usually means something is missing or the quality is low. The higher priced log sets have more detail to their logs and better burner systems, producing a bigger and nicer flame pattern. Which is something to consider when selecting the best option for your unit.If you take a good look at any picture on Google of a quality log set,you will see that the logs are very detailed including the charred look and grain of the wood. Cheap log sets look fake. Count how many logs are in the set since many sets from other companies consist of only four logs. While flame size can vary depending on each homes gas pressure, typically you will see a flame similar to the picture shown. Many gas log sets have a small flame due to the poor burner design. To cut costs many stores sell the least expensive burner that typically produces a small or fake looking flame.
Will I need a safety Pilot ?
With a vent-free set the safety pilot is included, most vented sets have an optional valve or safety pilot, or wall switch/remote control option. Pick the option that suits your needs. For vented logs we suggest you purchase the safety-pilot or remote option (remote option includes safety pilot). With a standard gas valve you will need to light the fire each time you use the log set versus the safety-pilot where all you need to do is rotate the knob and the fire will light. If using LP (propane) then you must use a safety pilot valve.