Alternative Fire – Why Fireplace Gas Logs Glow Brightly and How to Light Them

Alternative Fire – Why Fireplace Gas Logs Glow Brightly and How to Light Them

You crave the idea of warming yourself by the fire, but cringe at the notion of routinely cleaning soot and removing creosote from the chimney. Enjoy the aesthetic pleasure and cozy heat of a wood-burning fireplace without the headache by trying fireplace gas logs. Increasingly growing in popularity, wood logs are energy-efficient, easy to clean, and completely safe. In today’s blog we discuss the two different kinds of gas log sets, which may be right for you, and how to light each one.

Which Log Is Right for You?

Two general types of fireplace gas logs are available on the market: vented and vent-free. Often made of an extremely durable, reinforced ceramic, these logs can hold up under extreme temperatures. At Casual Living, we offer vented and vent-free gas logs from Hargrove, a company that manufactures logs using pre-fired, expanded clay, and a special high-temperature cement. Although we promote the Hargrove brand, benefits of fireplace gas logs and general operating instructions are roughly the same for many models.

When deciding between vented and vent-free, the difference comes down mostly to aesthetic appeal versus efficiency. Vented logs tend to look more realistic, although they use more gas and require you to leave the damper fully open. Vent-free logs, on the other hand, do not vent the warm air outside, using less gas but radiating more heat. They also do not have the “showy” flames that vented logs produce, which may influence your decision.

How to Light Your Vent-Free or Vented Set

The following instructions are on how to light manual vent-free or vented sets. The controls on your set may look different, but the process is generally the same. Whichever set you purchase make sure you have a hearth professional install it initially and explain any details pertinent to your individual product.

Vent-Free Gas Logs

Vented Gas Logs

  1. Similar to vent-free, remove logs and make your sure gas supply is on.
  2. Locate the control knob (indicators often say “On”, “Off”, and “Pilot”). The pilot setting should allow you to push in the knob, which will start the gas flow to the pilot assembly.
  3. Hold in the pilot and push in the gas valve. Take a lighter and light the pilot.
  4. Continue to hold in the gas valve and pilot for about 20 seconds.
  5. Let go of the knob and valve, checking to make sure the pilot remains lit.
  6. Replace the logs as per product instructions and light the log set by rotating the knob.

Once you have a professional install your fireplace gas logs, it’s fairly easy to operate the set. Ignite your love of relaxing by the fireside with Hargrove gas logs from Casual Living and get extra product support from the company we back. For more information, call us today.