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    Outdoor Gas Logs and Log Sets

    There are few things more enjoyable than gathering with friends and family around the warmth of an outdoor fire, but, as you well know, standard fire pits can be a mess. Why not try a set of outdoor gas logs from One of our best sellers is the Real Fyre 24" Charred Oak Outdoor Natural Gas Logs Set with Safety Pilot Kit. This gas log set features specially hand-painted ceramic gas logs that are reinforced with steel rods to withstand the test of time. These logs are easily turned on or off with a manual control knob and are capable of producing 96,000 BTUs of heat! This model features the Real Fyre G4 Glowing Ember Stainless Steel Burner, which has been carefully designed for outdoor use.
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    from Phoenix, AZ asked:
    February 10, 2018
    I was thinking about putting a Superior 36 inch wct or a 42 inch wtc in an outside covered Ramada. We have a lot of "no burn days" so my thought was to run a outdoor propane log set. Which log set would you suggest and how many hours of burn would I get with a 5 gallon propane tank?
    1 Answer
    First off, I would not recommend installing one of the indoor-only WCT 36" or 42" models outdoors as they are constructed of galvanized sheet metal and would rust rather quickly if left exposed to the elements. Instead, I'd recommend a stainless steel outdoor system like the Superior "WRE" series in a 36" or 42". Models like this are shown here. As far as the 20 lb. tank you plan to use, this is common for smaller outdoor fire pits that will be used with little frequency. If you plan to use this log set with any frequency, I'd recommend using a much larger tank to avoid any headaches resulting from frequent outages. While this is more problematic in colder weather, LP tanks are filled to roughly 80% and will only absorb heat through what is known as the "wetted surface area" or the area inside the tank bathed in LP. As LP gas is depleted, the wetted surface area also decreases, along with the pressure the tank is able to produce. So a 60,000 gas log set installed with a 20 lb. tank will use just over 2.75 lbs. of propane per hour. After only 2 hours of operation with an ideal temperature of 60 degrees, the tank would "freeze up" or not be able to provide enough pressure to keep up with the input rating of the log set.
    Will M.
    on February 12, 2018

    Jill D
    from Bellevue WA asked:
    January 30, 2018
    Can you use logsets for the HPC 45" round gas firepit? If so which ones? Or only the glass & stone options?
    1 Answer
    Brennan W.
    on January 31, 2018

    from Raliegh, NC asked:
    March 14, 2017
    What is the difference between outdoor and indoor gas logs? And can you use an Indoor Fireplace Insert for an Outdoor (Covered) Porch? Thank You.
    1 Answer
    Outdoor units and log sets are made with stainless steel, as opposed to plate or rolled steel. This allows them to last quite longer (rust) in an outdoor application.
    on March 14, 2017

    from Floyd, VA asked:
    March 12, 2017
    What are the code requirements for installing propane gas logs in an outdoor fireplace?
    1 Answer
    Code requirements vary by county and municipality. It is always best to check with your local building inspector's department.
    on March 13, 2017

    from Newport, R.I. asked:
    January 24, 2017
    I want to install an outdoor remote vented natural gas log in my antique open door wood stove. Please, advise.
    1 Answer
    We will not offer any gas log sets that will be safe to install into a wood stove.
    Will M.
    on January 24, 2017

    from Florence, AL asked:
    October 7, 2016
    What is the difference between gas logs for outdoor and indoor?
    1 Answer
    Outdoor log sets must utilize stainless steel burners; the log sets themselves are identical for the most part.
    Tyler M.
    on October 7, 2016

    from Scottsdale, AZ asked:
    April 3, 2016
    Is there any difference in the outdoor and indoor logs? I see some claim to be stained while some say something about theirs being hand painted. Is one preferred over the other for durability?
    1 Answer
    All outdoor logs will be made of refractory cement. They are usually hand painted, which is the most durable method. Indoor logs may be manufactured of refractory cement or ceramic fiber. Companies such as R.H. Peterson utilize the same logs for indoor and outdoor applications, as they only manufacturer refractory logs.
    on April 4, 2016

    from Corbin, KY asked:
    December 4, 2015
    I need an 18 inch, round, outdoor set of natural gas fire logs. What would you recommend?
    1 Answer
    Will M.
    on December 4, 2015

    from Romeo, MI asked:
    August 30, 2015
    We have a 45 inch ID fire pit with a 36 inch gas ring. What size of fire pit logs do you recommend for this?
    1 Answer
    For a round outdoor fire pit of this size, you best option will be the Firegear Sedona 19-Piece Refractory Log Set - L-SEDONA. This set is one of the largest 360 degree sets that offer and is a very popular choice for larger fire pits.
    on August 31, 2015

    from Old Lyme, CT asked:
    May 22, 2015
    I have a 28" square opening in my 45" square outdoor fire pit. It is a match lit burner that uses propane and has a BTU output of up to 100,000. I need gas logs in a campfire stack (maybe individually stackable?) that can be seen from 360 degrees. What outdoor gas logs would you recommend?
    1 Answer
    We offer an outdoor log set that is designed for use in this type of configuration and appears the same from all sides. The set is the Hearth Products Controls 6 Piece Woodland Ceramic Fiber Outdoor Log Set - For Fire Pits and Rings Larger than 24 Inches.
    on May 22, 2015

    from Waterford, NY asked:
    November 2, 2014
    We have an outdoor firepit that is 42" inside diameter natural gas. We are looking for a log insert. What would you suggest?
    1 Answer
    The recommended logs for a fire pit application is the Hearth Products Controls 6 Piece Woodland Ceramic Fiber Outdoor Log Set - For Fire Pits and Rings Larger than 36 Inches. These sturdy logs are designed to withstand the elements and give a finished look from all angles of the fire pit.
    on November 3, 2014

    from Hernando, FL asked:
    October 29, 2014
    I have installed a fire pit with a 39" diameter ring on my screened in lanai. The pit is 16" high and will be serviced with natural gas. Will any of your products listed as outdoor gas logs work or do I need special burners, logs, etc. since the fire pit is subject to being rained on? The fire pit sits below a screened roof which is about 15 feet above the pit.
    1 Answer
    Any of our Real Fyre refractory logs can be used in an outdoor setting without an issue. The only setback is that the logs are largely designed to be seen from only one or two sides. The setup of the sets is somewhat rectangular, rather than the 360 degree view you would need for a circular fire pit. You may consider using the Hearth Products Controls 6 Piece Woodland Ceramic Fiber Outdoor Log Set - For Fire Pits and Rings Larger than 36 Inches, as they are designed to be arranged in such a way that they will look appealing from all sides.
    on October 30, 2014

    from Wirtz, VA asked:
    August 28, 2014
    I need an exterior linear fireplace burner without logs for a more modern look. What would you suggest?
    1 Answer
    The best product to use is one of our T burners. They are available in various lengths in both LP and natural gas. The burners can be covered in a layer of lava rock or sand and then topped with fire glass or pebbles.
    on August 28, 2014

    from Milan, TN asked:
    June 19, 2014
    What are the pros and cons between the match light and the safety pilot logs? I am looking at the RealFrye outdoor gas logs. It will be uncovered outdoors.
    1 Answer
    The match light log sets are popular, due to the fact that there is no pilot assembly to hide and with fewer components, the set tends to be more reliable. There is no valve or thermocouple to fail. The only downside is that the unit requires ignition by a match or lighter each time. The safety pilot kit will use a small standing pilot light. This allows you to control the unit by simply opening the valve. However, the standing pilot will use a small amount of fuel at all times.
    on June 19, 2014

    from Greenville, SC asked:
    May 19, 2014
    Could you direct me to what is the best log set for an outdoor fireplace? I just spoke to someone about building codes in my city, and he stated that the chimney would have to be 2' above any structure that is within 10' of the fireplace. In our case, this would include our home, and that tall of a chimney would look silly. He mentioned there are some logs that not only specify for outdoors, but also specifies a reduced distance from the opening. This would help me to reduce the size of a chimney. Thanks.
    1 Answer
    My apologizes, but I am not aware of any vented log sets that would allow you to alter the 10/3/2 rule that is enforced for chimney height requirements. However, there are several log sets that are able to be used in a vent free configuration. In this case, a chimney is not needed and the set could vent directly through the opening of the fireplace.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on May 19, 2014

    from Bethlehem, PA asked:
    May 9, 2014
    Do outdoor propane gas logs require a safety pilot? Can you match light without pilot?
    1 Answer
    Because of the increased volatility of LP, most manufacturers do indeed manufacture their burners, both indoor and outdoor, with a standing pilot assembly. The outdoor sets we carry are made in this way.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on May 9, 2014

    from Creede, CO asked:
    February 21, 2014
    Will your outdoor ventless propane gas logs burn well and put out heat in high altitude of 8500 feet. I've had several people tell me they're not efficient enough to do so. I want to install them in a fireplace designed for burning wood with a short chimney stack. What is your opinion?
    1 Answer
    The outdoor log sets that we carry are vented and can operate at your elevation, although the BTU output will be hampered from the lower oxygen levels. Vent free gas logs or appliances will not function well at elevations over 4,500 feet. The primary issue is that the oxygen depletion system is calibrated for oxygen levels at sea level. The higher elevation will often cause the system to falsely detect a problem and cause the set to shut down. As such, vented appliances are the best option.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 21, 2014

    from Perryton,Tx asked:
    February 14, 2014
    Is there a difference between propane and natural logs for fire pits?
    1 Answer
    As far as the operation and flame appearance goes, there will not be a difference. The size of orifice needed between the two is different, as well as the operating pressures. Currently, propane is a much more costly fuel, typically costing 5 times as much as the same amount of natural gas.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 14, 2014

    from AZ asked:
    February 8, 2014
    I have a firepit which already has lava rocks. I wanted to add logs to make it look real. Do you have any suggestions? It is about 3 square feet.
    1 Answer
    If you are looking for more of an outdoor camp fire type of leg set, I would suggest the Hearth Products Controls 5 Piece Woodland Ceramic Fiber Outdoor Log Set .
    on February 9, 2014

    from Cherry Hill, NJ asked:
    June 20, 2013
    Do you sell replacement gas logs?
    1 Answer
    Yes, please see our full selection in the Gas Logs Only section on this website. Please note that these are Real Fyre brand gas logs only intended for use with Real Fyre burners. Using them on another burner will void the warranty.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on June 20, 2013

    from Coeur d'Alene, ID asked:
    May 11, 2013
    I have a propane outdoor fire pit with a 24" fire ring that needs new 24' gas logs. What would you recommend for replacement logs?
    1 Answer
    Usually, the logs in the set would be slightly larger than the ring, so the burner flame will engulf the logs, rather than surround them at the perimeter. Before purchasing another set of gas logs, we'd suggest that you verify the measurement of the burner pan and the opening of your fire pit. Please check and to see if 24 inches is the size of the actual burner or the pan itself?
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on May 13, 2013

    from Naples, FL asked:
    April 10, 2013
    Do you sell a two-sided vent-free stainless gas log set for an outdoor application?
    1 Answer
    While we do not carry a truly vent free system for outdoor use, it is possible to use a vented system in a vent free box, as long as it is in an outdoor area with good airflow.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on April 10, 2013

    from Solana Beach, CA asked:
    February 10, 2013
    Does it really matter if they are made of concrete or porcelain?
    1 Answer
    Concrete refractory logs tend to hold up better than their ceramic counterparts and will also radiate heat. Other than differences in appearance, these would be the only primary differences between the two.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 11, 2013

    November 9, 2012
    My fire place is 34" wide at back, 43" wide at the front, 30" high and 19" deep. It is ventless and under my lani roof and surrounded by walls on three sides. What size logs do I need and can I get one that is remote controlled? Is there a model that does not require a pilot light to be lit all the time? Are the stands on the outdoor models stainless steel? Is the amount of flame adjustable on all models?
    1 Answer
    We only have a couple of log options that fit your criteria. R. H. Peterson, our log manufacturer, isn't offering a wide selection of ventless sets that are outdoor approved. The two styles you may choose from are Peterson's Charred Frontier Oak or Charred Aged Split. Please follow the below links to view representative images for these sets. The listed prices on the following links are for indoor units. Please see below for the outdoor unit pricing. Charred Frontier Oak Charred Aged Split Per your dimensions, you could safely install a 30" set. There is one version of the Peterson units that offers both an electronic ignition (non-standing pilot light) and variable flame capabilities. This particular version by Peterson is this very option. These sets would indeed include a stainless steel burner assembly.
    on November 9, 2012

    November 9, 2012
    Can you tell me if you sell an outdoor gas log set that includes a blower? I was told it helps blow the heat out, since it’s outside.
    1 Answer
    While we do stock many styles of outdoor logs and outdoor fireplaces, none of the items are equipped with blowers. It would be cost prohibitive for manufacturers to equip their products with a blower that is fully weather sealed, as standard blowers cannot stand up to the elements. Also, blowers require and air intake, which would allow water get inside the fireplace and cause potential damage.
    on November 9, 2012

    Finding the perfect set of gas logs can be an extremely overwhelming task, but has several tools to help ease the process. The Gas Log Calculator allows you to input the dimensions of your fireplace or fire pit; and with that information, will tell you which gas log sets would work best. If you need help figuring out the dimensions, there is an instructional how-to video on that same page. There are many types of gas logs: natural gas or liquid propane and vented or ventless. has compiled some of the most popular questions and concerns about the different types of gas logs to create a helpful compare and contrast list "What to Know When Buying Gas Logs". Gas log sets also come with many different accessories, and has also created a helpful page that will help you figure out which accessories are necessary for you.
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