Gas Log Fireplace FAQ in San Jose, CA

Wright Lighting and Fireside Answers Gas Fireplace FAQs

A gas fireplace brings beauty and class to the indoor or outdoor area of your home. We install gorgeous gas log fireplaces to enhance the look and feel of your home in San Jose, CA. Wright Lighting & Fireside is here to answer your most frequently asked questions about gas log fireplaces. Contact us today for a free consultation!

What are gas logs?

Gas logs are part of a more extensive system that includes the hearth box, venting, and fuel system. When the gas log system is ignited, it turns into a realistic-looking flame.

Why should I buy gas logs?

Gas logs are the perfect way to create a beautiful fire and enhance a quiet atmosphere. They’re convenient, easy to use, and require minimal maintenance.

Can I position my gas logs differently or use a different log set?

Yes.  Gas logs are individual pieces stacked over an open burner.  This gives the most realistic look possible!

What is the difference between vented and ventless gas logs? 

Vented gas logs provide an authentic-looking flame, while ventless gas logs provide an efficient heating source. Vented gas logs must be used in a wood-burning fireplace with a chimney. Ventless gas logs have a smokeless flame and don’t require a chimney. Their heat is circulated into the room instead of escaping the chimney, though they cannot be operated this way in California.  All gas logs in California must be vented.

Can I remove my gas logs and burn wood on the hearth kit?

No. The hearth kit only functions with specific gas logs. The only way to burn wood is to cap the gas line and install a wood-burning grate.

How do I clean gas logs?

The one thing to remember is you should never wash your logs. You can clean them by removing them and taking them outside to use a brush or vacuum to get rid of debris. The logs should always be placed back in their original location to ensure the proper function of the set.

Can the glass doors on my fireplace be closed when my gas logs are burning?

Your glass doors should always be fully open when gas logs are burning. You can close the doors after the fire dies down.

How do I know where I can place the gas logs?

The specific placement of your gas logs is essential to the proper functioning of your fireplace set. Check your installation manual for detailed diagrams.

How do I size logs for my fireplace?

The proper size for your gas log is determined by the size of your gas log and hearth kit and your fireplace base. This size is found by measuring the back width, front width, depth, and height of the fireplace.

What kind of gas fireplaces can you install in my home?

We offer multiple types of gas fireplaces, including:

  • Single-Sided Fireplace – Single-sided fireplaces offer a mantle that faces out and is surrounded by stone.
  • See-Through Fireplace – A see-through fireplace lets everyone in the room enjoy the beauty from all sides.
  • Multi-Sided Fireplace – Multi-sided fireplaces are perfect in the corners or middle of a room to allow viewing from three or four sides.

Are the flames on my gas logs adjustable? 

Yes, you can adjust the flame size to your needs.

How much do gas logs cost to operate? 

The cost to operate gas logs depends on the BTU (British Thermal Units) input combined with the type of gas.

How much heat will I get from my gas logs?

Gas logs offer radiant heat. Ceramic logs can replicate the heat of a wood fire but if you want the maximum amount of heat, consider a full direct vent insert.

What are gas logs made of?

Gas logs are created to resemble natural wood and are most commonly made of ceramic fiber or refractory ceramic fiber.

What type of gas do I need?

Gas fireplaces use whatever type of gas is typically used in your home. This may be natural gas or propane.

Are gas fireplaces environmentally friendly?

Gas fireplaces are known for their energy efficiency. Wood-burning fireplaces need a large amount of wood to produce a small amount of radiant heat. They produce carbon by-products that can harm the environment. Gas fireplaces’ fuel is converted into light and heat, meaning they don’t need as much fuel to produce radiant heat.

Can you convert my wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?

Yes! Wright Lighting and Fireside can easily convert your wood-burning fireplace into a gas log fireplace. Contact us for more information!

What is the absolute minimum firebox size that will allow me to burn gas logs?

The minimum firebox size is determined in your installation manual. We’ll help you find the perfect size for your gas log set.

What is the cost of installing gas logs?

The cost of installing gas logs depends on the difficulty of installing a gas line in your fireplace and the type of gas fireplace system.

What do I do if my gas logs break?

If your gas logs break, contact us for gas fireplace replacement logs.  Our vendors offer a lifetime warranty on the logs!

Why do logs collect soot?

Though a wood-burning fireplace naturally produces more flame and soot, gas logs do collect some soot. This results from flames coming in contact with a surface, a rich air and fuel mix, or clogged burner ports. If your gas fireplace produces excessive amounts of soot, contact us for a maintenance check.

Do I need to open the damper at all times? 

If your gas logs are in use, the damper must be open. An open damper allows any pilot exhaust to escape.

Contact Wright Lighting and Fireside 

Contact our experienced team at Wright Lighting and Fireside if you have any more questions or concerns about gas fireplace and log sets. Since 1957, we’ve helped clients with their fireplace solutions. We understand the need for a classic and warm gas fireplace. We’ll help you choose the best type of fireplace that fits your needs. Call today to get a free consultation!

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