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    Selecting the Right Gas Log Options and Accessories

    Selecting the Right Gas Log Options and Accessories

    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.

    Selecting the Right Gas Log Options and Accessories

    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.

    Selecting the Right Gas Log Options and Accessories

    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.

    About the Author

    Collin Champagne

    Approaching his 10-year work anniversary, Collin is one of our National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certified technicians and content manager for the eFireplacestore, eCanopy, and EliteDeals brands. He is a Master Hearth Professional, which means he is certified in all three hearth appliance fields — wood, gas and pellet.

    When not at work, he spends time with his wife, Lindsey, and his sons, Samuel and Eli, on their ranch enjoying their many animals. Completing projects around the ranch and spending quality time with his family are among his greatest joys. 

    Questions About This Article

    All customer questions are answered by our NFI Certified Specialists free of charge!
    3 Questions & 3 Answers
    from San Jose, CA asked:
    January 20, 2020
    I had a natural gas line installed.  If I buy a log set, how do I select a burner to go with it? When my damper is closed, I still feel a slight draft.  Will I need to open my damper when using the gas log? If it is vent-less then I guess I can keep it closed, right?
    1 Answer
    You can use our gas log calculator to see your appropriately-sized options.  As for determining if you want to go with a vented set (damper must be all the way open) or ventless set (damper is closed), as well as other considerations, please see our article, What to Know When Buying Gas Logs.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 21, 2020

    Beverly S.
    from Louisiana asked:
    December 29, 2019

    If I buy a ventless log set (nat gas), do I need to buy anything else? What about rocks/stones, etc. or do these come with the set? Also an appropriate remote for the set?

    1 Answer
    Since this question wasn't submitted in response to any specific product, I am only able to say that most ventless gas log sets will arrive with everything needed for installation and operation, but lava stones and granules will not be included since this material is not required for installation or safe operation. Also, not all ventless gas log sets are compatible with a remote and, of the remote compatible log sets, many will not arrive with a remote and this accessory will need to be purchased at an additional cost.   
    Submitted by: Will M. on December 30, 2019

    from Enola, PA asked:
    October 4, 2019

    My fireplace opening is 36". What size logs should I buy?

    1 Answer
    If you continue on the gas log finder by clicking on the choices and filling in the three required dimensions, it will provide you with all the logs that you would be able to use. Click here for a link to access that again. 
    Submitted by: Kathy O. on October 4, 2019

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