How to Install your Emberside Vented Gas Logs

How to install gas logs; how to install your Emberside vented gas logsEmberside appreciates you as our customer, and we want you to be thrilled with your gas log purchase. We understand that some customers might feel a bit nervous about installing their new gas log set. So, we’ve decided to provide you with this handy blog-style tutorial on how to install your Emberside vented gas logs. For extra help, check your manual or watch our installation YouTube video. First things first, we want you install your logs safely.

Safety Considerations

Start by making sure your fireplace is structurally sound and ventilated to the outdoors. You can hire a fireplace professional for this. Your kit comes complete with all the hardware you need to install your logs, including an installation manual. Review your installation manual to familiarize yourself with the entire process, then locate and identify all the hardware needed to complete installation. Install the damper clamp onto your damper as a safety precaution to ensure your damper won’t accidentally close and vent gas directly into your home.

Getting Started

You will need a few tools for installation: rubber mallet or hammer, adjustable wrenches and a screwdriver. You will need a properly installed, operational gas line, so if you’re unsure about the status of your line, contact the gas company. Make certain the shutoff valve is closed and off and that no gas is flowing.

Next, clean your fireplace thoroughly by removing existing logs, sweeping ash, and removing grates. You need to prepare the space for your new Emberside gas logs.

Work With the Hardware

You’ll work with the burner pan next, so locate it in your kit. On either side of the burner pan are pre-cut knockout plugs on the left and right sides of the pan. Look at your fireplace and see where the gas enters. If it enters from the left, you’ll want to use your screwdriver and rubber mallet to knock out the plug on the left side. If it enters from the right, you will knock out the plug on the right side of the burner pan. If your plug doesn’t pop out all the way, try using your fingers to pop it out.

Burner Assembly

To begin burner assembly, you will need to find the included parts and hardware:

Burner pan, dual burner bar, burner bar spacer nut, elbow orifice, small package of pipe dope, orifice nut and washer.

First, slide the spacer nut down the open side of the burner bar and let it rest in the curve of the burner bar. The nut is used to keep the burner level as it sits in the pan. Open the package of pipe dope and squeeze a little bit onto the threads of only one end of the elbow orifice. Spread the dope around the threads on that one side, the end that connects to the burner bar. Pipe dope helps tighten the deal to prevent leaks. Don’t put any pipe dope on the other side, as you will connect that side to another brass fitting. Take the elbow orifice nut and slide it over the doped thread. Then slide on the washer. The last step in preparing the burner pan is to connect the elbow orifice to the dual burner unit through the knockout hole in the burner pan. You can set the burner pan and elbow assembly to the side.

Gas Supply Line Connection

To prepare your gas supply line for connection, spread a little pipe dope onto the threads of the gas supply line to ensure a tight seal. Take the included ½ inch brass valve and thread it onto the supply line. Hand tighten the valve as much as possible first, then use an adjustable wrench to tighten the valve completely onto the supply line. Place the completed burner pan assembly in the center of your fireplace. Because you’re going to prepare the conduit to connect from the supply valve to the burner’s elbow orifice next, you need to understand the locations of these parts and how you might shape the conduit to fit those connections. This is important because next you’re going to bend the rigid conduit to fit those connections. Gently bend the rigid pipe into the correct shape to connect your fittings. Be careful not to create hard creases in the pipe as you bend and shape it until it fits your connection setup. For some, you may find that a near S-shaped pipe makes for a good connection. Once finished, connect one end to your elbow orifice and the other to the supply line. Use a wrench to tighten each connection.

Leak Check

Important step coming up next! Check for leaks using a mixture of soap and water. You will test one connection at a time starting with the main connection point. Sprinkle the soap mixture on the connection, then turn on the main gas valve key. If you have a leak, the dish soap will bubble, showing the location of the leak. If you find a leak, shut off all gas valves then tighten the leaky connection with a wrench. Repeat the test. Once you have no leaks at the main connection, continue sprinkling the soapy water on the other connections. Open the ½ inch valve, letting gas flow through for a few seconds. Be sure to turn the gas off completely when finished. If you have connection leaks, you will see bubbles.

Build Your Fire

Now the fun begins – building your fire! Grab the bag of shale rocks and empty the entire bag onto the burner pan, covering the dual burner. Smooth the shale and make a nice slope that fits the shape of the burner pan. The shale helps your flame burn evenly. Next, open the bag of embers. Break them into pieces to cover the shale on top of the burner pan. When your fire is lit, the embers will turn red hot and glow beautifully beneath your logs, just like a real fire. Using the included grate, attach the log standoffs on each side of the back of the grate, then insert the grate directly above the burner pan. Using your instruction manual as a guide, place the logs in position on top of the grate and arrange them so they are secure. Once the all the logs are in place, light your fire. Congrats! Now you know how to install gas logs, and you have installed your Emberside Vented Gas Log set! Enjoy the warmth and beauty it adds to your home.