This simple step-by-step guide can give you a good idea about making the choices that are right for your home and your taste. It is important to consult your local Real Fyre dealer for expert guidance and to answer all your questions. But here are the key issues to consider and understand when selecting your gas fire place set up.
First, know your venting options.
Gas Log Sets are usually divided into two categories, Vented and Vent Free. Each venting option has its advantages. If you are choosing gas fire products for an existing fireplace, check to see which venting system is currently in place. If you are choosing fireplace products for a new fireplace consider the differences between these two options.
Vented or Vent-Free?
Vented Gas Logs
- Most realistic and natural looking flame
- Must be installed in a fully functioning wood burning fireplace
- Radiant heat delivers warmth into the room (heat output is similar to burning wood)
- Produces some soot when flame touches log
Vent-Free Gas Logs
- Delivers more heat inside your home
- Must be installed in a fireplace approved for a vent-free log set
- Installation is subject to state & local codes (some areas do not allow vent-free)
Determine The Size Of Your Gas Logs
To get the perfect look, it’s important to choose the size log set that best fits in your fireplace.
This simple measuring process will help you choose the right size. It’s important to consult your local Real Fyre sales professional. But to get a good idea, follow the steps below.
Follow these simple steps:
- Measure the front width of your fireplace
- Measure the width at the back of your fireplace
- Measure the depth from the front to the back of your fireplace
- Measure the height from the top to bottom of the front your fireplace
- Measure the height from the top to bottom of the back your fireplace
How Do You Want To Start And Control Your Gas Fire?
This option is for natural gas only. There is no pilot, only the logs and burner. Your fire is lighted by placing a match or lighter near the burner, then turning on the gas with your key valve. You control your flame height using your key valve which is normally located outside the fireplace either in the wall or floor.
Manual Safety Pilot
This system has a safety pilot that is manually lighted and stays lit all the time. Also called a standing pilot, it is similar to a pilot found in a water heater. You can turn the burner on and off manually by reaching inside your fireplace and turning the control knob. You cannot operate this type of system with a remote control, however, you can upgrade later.
Remote Control systems include a remote pilot valve assembly. Depending on the remote option you select, you will have the ability to control certain functions of the log set from a remote control. Remote controlled options include basic on/off control as well as variable flame height control.
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Finally, Determine If You Need Natural Gas Or Propane Gas Logs
Gas Logs are available in two fuel types, Natural Gas and Liquid Propane (LP). You may already have a line installed in the fireplace, in which case the gas you burn will be decided. If there isn’t a line, then you will need to decide what fuel type you would like to use.
*Check to see which fuel source your appliances currently use. If you have a natural gas heater, dryer, stove, or other appliance, then natural gas is the likely choice. If you have appliances that use propane, then select a gas log set that uses liquid propane. If your home does not have plumbing for either gas type, then check locally to determine which fuel would be best for your area.