Nothing beats a nice, toasty fire flickering away in the fireplace.
While we wholeheartedly agree that it is beautiful, it certainly is a mess to clean up and requires a lot of prep work in terms of wood and chimney maintenance.
That is why so many prefer the convenience of a gas fireplace! Thanks to some artificial ceramic logs, you won’t ever have to worry about cleaning up the fireplace again.
Choosing some decent logs requires a bit of research. What are the differences between them and which one is right for your fireplace?
We’ll be answering all of these questions for you as we take a look at the ten best gas logs in our guide. Easily compare and contrast them side by side in order to determine which ones meet your needs and budget.
Things to Consider When Buying Gas Logs
Here are a few tips that will help you choose the perfect gas logs.
- Vented or Vent-Free. Your log choice depends on your fireplace setup.
If you have a fireplace in your home with a chimney and could burn real wood, then you can use vented logs. These are great if you don’t expect the logs to produce much heat and just enjoy the warm, welcoming flicker of the flames.
Vent-free logs, on the other hand, can be used in either a regular fireplace that has a chimney or vent-free box without a chimney. These are typically preferred by those who actually want the logs to produce a little extra heat in the room rather than just for looks.
- Make Sure They Fit. Be sure you measure the space properly in order to make sure that it is wide enough and tall enough to accommodate the logs you like!
Measure twice, purchase once.
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Don’t Forget About the Burner
The logs are only one part of how you experience the flames; the other part is the burner.
Not all burners are made alike which means that not all logs will work for certain burners. How high does the flame go when it is turned up to the highest setting? What color does the flame burn?
This is all determined by the burner.
Typically, vent-free logs are one solid unit (meaning that the logs are stuck together and not separate) and the flames don’t touch the logs.
If you already have a burner and are just looking to replace the logs, then make sure that the logs are compatible!
Those of you investing in a complete set won’t have to worry about this.
Top 3 Best Gas Logs Reviews
These are some of the best gas logs on the list, but if you don’t find what you need here, be sure to check out the other seven options in our table!
If you just need a few loose logs to place decoratively around your vented gas fireplace, then these small life-like accessories from Peterson Gas will have you feeling like you’re up in a cozy log cabin in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.
It may not be obvious in the picture above, but these are individual pieces and not stuck together in a pre-sized pile.
These are fairly small, with three of the wood chips measuring just 3 inches in length and one larger wood chip that measures 6 inches. We noticed that some seemed rather surprised and disappointed by the small size, so we thought we would point it out now!
Due to their size, most use them to fill in the gaps and give a more natural feel to their existing gas log set up, although they do work well in fire pits!
The next best gas logs on our list are from Gibson Living. When comparing them with the Peterson logs above, we would have to say that these definitely win in the authenticity category. The details on the log are pretty realistic!
These logs are quite versatile, so you can use them in a gas fireplace that is either vented or vent-free, with ethanol, gel, electric or even propane burners. Throw them in the fire pit if you want, too!
Again, these might be a bit too small for some (they are slightly larger than the Peterson logs, however), but if you need an entire complete set of logs to cover your burner, then we suggest you check out the next product!
As you can see, there is quite a price difference between logs that you use to fill in your existing fireplace or fire pit burner and the main set.
This vent-free log set is capable of heating a space up to 1300 square feet and produces 33,000 BTU of heat. What’s nice about the set is that you can use it with both natural gas or liquid propane burners and it comes with a handy thermostat remote control to make operating it a breeze.
This is a solid investment and the quality of the ceramic is superb. It also comes with a bed of embers that glow at the bottom to give it a very authentic effect.
If you have experience with these units, you could probably install it yourself. If not, just call a professional and pay the labor fee to have them safely install it for you!