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    Selecting the Right Gas Log Options and Accessories

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    This is the fun part. At this point you’ve chosen the fuel type for your gas logs, you’ve gone through the process of finding the right sized set for your fireplace, and you’re set on the type of fuel valve control system you prefer. Now you can personalize your gas log set to make sure the features match your idea of how you want the fireplace to look and to operate. Below we’ll run through the types of gas log accessories, how each works, and which types of gas logs each works with.

    Decorative Accessories

    Decorative accessories, as the name implies, don’t have a ton to do with how your gas logs operate, but they can absolutely affect the look and feel of your fireplace. Here are a few examples, but bear in mind that not every decorative accessory is compatible with every type of gas log set or burner. Many gas log companies make their own decorative accessories, so it’s sometimes advisable to buy decorative accessories from the same company that manufactures the gas logs you’ve chosen. Obviously, some accessories work with any gas log set. Read the available literature for your gas log set to answer most questions.

    Accessories: Function:
    • Products that camouflage the gas log burner or accentuate the fireplace and hearth base
      • Specially designed fireplace ‘sand’
      • ‘Coals’ or ‘embers’ that glow when exposed to flame
      • Lava granules or lava rocks
      • Clear or colored ‘Fire Glass’
      • Vermiculite granules
      • Realistic-looking ‘coals’
    • Things like sand, fire glass, vermiculite granules, and lava rocks are generally designed to conceal the burner system beneath the gas logs. Depending on which gas log set you choose, one or the more of these measures may be appropriate to give your gas log set the appearance of resting on a natural firebed. In some cases these measures can help distribute the flame pattern in a more appealing fashion. Items like glowing coals and embers can require specially formulated glues or other adhesives.
    • Accent items placed on the fireplace base or in the immediate hearth area
      • Decorative geometric shapes
      • Simulated ‘river rocks’ or other stones
      • Faux acorns, wood chunks, pinecones, etc.
    • Most of these items are purely decorative. Geometric shapes, pinecones, or wood chunks can be distributed around the hearth or sometimes within the bed of lava rocks, sand, etc. you’ve chosen to accent your gas log set.
    • Cracklers
      • Simulated wood chunk cracksers
      • Simulated pinecone cracklers
      • Undecorated cracklers
    • Cracklers emit a natural, crackling sound that simulates the sound of a wood-burning fire. In many cases using a simulated wood chunk or pinecone crackler can seamlessly blend the crackler in with other decorative elements around the gas log set.
    • Bonus or replacement logs
    • Gas logs can become cracked or stained with extended use, so replacement logs often come in handy. In some cases gas log sets are designed with the option of being ‘filled out’ with bonus logs in the future, in which case you can add too or change the gas log set’s appearance to some degree.

    Functional Accessories

    Functional accessories actually influence the way your chosen gas log set operates. Bear in mind while choosing functional gas log accessories that EVERY remote control, wall switch, or thermostat requires that you choose a gas log set equipped with a millivolt remote-ready pilot safety valve to function.

    Accessories: Function:
    Remote controls Remote controls give you options as to how you control your gas logs without having to physically light gas logs or pilot valves.
    • On/off remotes
    • On/off remotes with flame height control

    • Programmable remotes
    • On/off remotes allow you to turn the gas logs on and off remotely.
    • On/off remotes with flame height control give you on/off remote capability and you can control the height of the gas flame remotely, as well.
    • Programmable remotes give you maximum flexibility. Individual remotes offer such features as digital displays, on/off and flame height control, countdown timers, thermostatic control, and more.
    Wall switches Wall switches mount to a wall and offer many of the same features of remote controls in a different package.
    • On/off switches

    • Switch timers

    • Thermostats
    • On/off switches allow you to turn the gas logs on and off using a simple wall switch.
    • Switch timers allow you to set a time period on the wall switch after which the gas logs will turn off automatically when you leave the room or the house.
    • Thermostats give you the ability to set a desired room temperature on the wall switch and the flame is turned down automatically once that temperature is reached.
    Firebacks Firebacks are installed on the rear wall of the fireplace and help more effectively reflect the heat of the gas logs outward into the home.
    Fenders Fenders are installed in front of the gas logs and create a physical separation between the gas logs and the rest of the home.

    Gas Log Cleaning Products

    Extended use of gas logs eventually produces some level of by-products. This is completely normal, but gas log owners know that maintaining a clean set of gas logs and fireplace extends the gas logs’ life and preserves the health of the fireplace. Here are the most common cleaning products.

    Soot remover – helps release and remove the soot deposited on gas logs and fireplace surfaces resulting from the burning of any gas logs.

    Log cleaner – specifically designed to clean the cement, concrete, or ceramic gas log surfaces as dirt or other buildup accumulates over time.

    Carbon remover – Carbon Monoxide is a natural by-product of burning gas log fuel or almost anything else. Carbon remover makes the difficult process of removing the tough carbon buildup on gas logs and fireplaces significantly easier.

    Which Gas Logs Did You Choose?

    We hope this brief tutorial has given you exactly the information you need to make a very informed decision when buying gas logs. At, we’re always happy to answer any gas log questions you have, but we want our customers to have a leg up in the gas log knowledge department. Remember, when you’re buying gas logs, do your homework, consider every aspect of the gas log purchasing process, and use the information contained in this short walkthrough to make sure that you’re completely satisfied when the gas logs you select here at arrive at your doorstep.

    Read part 1 of our gas log guide.

    Read part 2 of our guide about choosing which size gas logs to install.

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