There are a lot of reasons to change over from a wood-burning fireplace to a gas log set. It’s better for the environment, is more energy-efficient and saves you money as gas is cheaper than constantly buying firewood. Of course, if you pick the wrong gas log set, you’re not getting what you want, which is a solid approximation of your wood burner.
You want your gas logs to burn like wood, to look like wood and to feel like wood. You want an authentic feel, and you’re not sure how to proceed. Check out some things to consider when trying to choose the most realistic gas log sets for your fireplace conversion, and keep that warmth in your home.
Choosing the most realistic gas log sets goes beyond just picking logs that look like real wood when they’re sitting in the fireplace, though that is certainly a consideration. You need to think about the material from which they’re made, whether they’ll stand the test of time (and heat), how they burn, and other factors, including vented vs. ventless gas logs.
The first thing you want to think about, when choosing a new gas log set, is how it looks. This is generally something you can eyeball, but consider, you don’t want logs that look fresh and new. After all, you’re burning natural gas in the fireplace, and having pristine logs under those flames ruins the illusion.
Get logs that have realistic wood-grain, but also a detailed, charred-look. Avoid four-log sets, as this can be a dead giveaway of a fake. Also, it may go without saying, but you get what you pay for. The less you spend on your logs, the more phony they’ll likely look.
There are several different materials from which gas logs are made. The two most common of these are refractory cement, and ceramic. The material is important because as the heat burns, the logs will tend to deteriorate somewhat. Ceramic logs are more likely to change color over time, especially if burned often. However, they’re also less likely to crack under the heat.
Logs made from refractory cement, on the other hand, are more likely to crack from the stress of the heat, but also will hold their look and color better over time. You’ll need to choose which is more important to you—keeping a look, or lasting longer.
Many gas log sets will allow you to adjust the flame size, but you’ll want one with a high-end burner design to give you the most realistic flame look. You want flames that are yellow and orange as opposed to blue, which is an indicator of burning gas. Vented gas logs generally produce a more realistic-looking flame than vent-free ones, but there are options available for both.
If you’re not sure how to proceed with choosing the most realistic gas log sets, Emberside can help. We have a wide variety of gas log sets to suit any fireplace conversion need. Get in touch with us for more information or to place an order today!