A roaring fire can be a beautiful, cozy addition to your home, but there’s so much work involved. When you choose a vent free gas log set, however, you can enjoy the look and feel of a wood-burning fireplace with minimal hassle or upkeep.
If you recently made the switch to vent free gas logs, or you’re looking to do it soon, read our guide to installing vent free gas logs so you can get your home warm and cozy in no time.
Your vent free gas log set will have all the hardware you need for installation, but you will need an adjustable wrench as well.
You will also want to check that you have a properly installed and operational gas line. Turn off the gas line and double check that the shutoff valve is in the closed position, so no gas is flowing through the line.
To prepare for your gas log installation, thoroughly clean your fireplace and work area. Completely remove any existing logs, ash, or grates to get it ready for your new Emberside gas log set.
Open the included pipe dope package and squeeze a small amount onto the threads of the gas supply line. The pipe dope helps to establish a tight seal.
Now, attach the included half-inch brass valve by threading it onto the supply line. Hand tighten the valve first, then use your adjustable wrench to firmly tighten the valve on the gas supply line.
Locate the burner unit and find the elbow orifice. Place the burner unit in the center of the fireplace and compare the locations of the supply valve and the elbow orifice of the burner. This gives you an idea of how close your fittings are to one another. It’s important to pay attention to the locations of the fittings because you’re going to bend the included rigid conduit to fit those connections.
Gently bend the rigid pipe into the correct shape to connect your fittings. Try to keep the bend smooth and avoid any hard creases in the pipe. Adjust the pipe until it fits your connections.
When you’re satisfied with the previous step, connect one end of the conduit to your elbow orifice and use your wrench to ensure that the connection is tight. Then, connect the other end of the conduit to the supply line and use your wrench to tighten down the fitting and avoid leaks.
This step is extremely important. You’re going to check for leaks by sprinkling a water and soap mixture onto the two connection points with the gas on. If you see any bubbles, retighten the connections and repeat the test.
The gas will need to be on for a few seconds during this test. When you’re finished, turn the gas fully off again.
If your gas log set came with a thermostat, place it outside of your burner unit onto the hearth. This will automatically determine the size of the fire once the burner is lit.
Now for the fun part—building your fireplace. For a vent free unit, it’s important that the logs are properly placed in the predetermined arrangement, so follow the instruction manual closely and build the unit accordingly. This is to ensure that the logs are accurately installed.
Adding a bag of shale to the base of your fireplace is a great way to enhance the look of your unit.
Now that your installation is complete, you’re ready to enjoy your fire.
For the first lighting, you’ll need to light the pilot by pressing the gas control button, then pushing the red igniter button. This may take a few tries to light your fire.
Once the pilot is lit, just slowly increase the gas flow until the unit fully ignites.
Congratulations! You’ve completed the installation of your new Emberside gas log set.