How to Arrange Gas Logs

A closeup image of burning logs in a gas fireplace.
Fireplaces offer a cozy space, especially during winter. ryasick / Getty Images

Fireplaces offer a cozy warm corner in any room, especially if it's a natural gas fireplace. These fireplaces burn cleanly and leave no ashes behind. They're also very budget-friendly and are easy to operate. Gas fireplace logs have become very popular in the last decade. They're specially designed logs made of ceramic that never burn up. They can be used with natural gas or liquid propane gas (LPG). In recent years the vented gas logs have become very popular, because they burn cleanly. Vented logs are the most realistic wood fire substitute made, and are available in different styles and wood finishes [source: Hearth]. So let's learn now how to arrange the gas logs.

  1. Place the largest ceramic logs on the bottom to serve as the foundation for the fire. The direction you lay them will depend on the design of the fireplace and the size of the logs.
  2. Leave 2 inches (5 centimeters) between logs.
  3. Make sure none of the logs is blocking the gas flow. If you find that a log is blocking it, you will have to re-arrange the logs.
  4. Arrange smaller logs on top of the foundation logs. You don't have to place them in any neat order. You may want the fire to look random and natural [sources: Ron Hazelton,Hearth].
  5. Turn on the gas and light the fire using either matches or the automatic igniter.
  6. Sit back, relax and enjoy.


Gas Logs FAQ

Which is better: vented or ventless gas logs?
Vented gas logs have gained popularity lately because they provide a modern solution to the wood fire logs. They are also available in nicer-looking wood finishes and contemporary styles that can be used with either LPG or natural gas.
Why do gas logs turn black?
Gas logs turn black due to soot formation caused by clogged burner ports and wrongly placed fire logs. The purpose of fire logs is to ensure that the gas burns cleanly, so when placed improperly they block the natural path of the flames, causing soot build up and turning the logs black.
How long do ceramic gas logs last?
Vented gas fireplaces with ceramic logs can last up to ten years or more, depending on how well you maintain them. Ceramic ventless fireplaces have a shorter lifespan of about three to five years.
Can I use my gas fireplace without the logs?
Gas fireplaces can be used without logs, as their purpose is only aesthetic, adding to the authenticity of the fireplace.
Are ventless gas fireplaces dangerous?
More people are opting for a ventless option because they’re quite a bit cheaper to install than their vented counterparts. However, low levels of carbon monoxide can be a byproduct of imperfect combustion in a ventless system. Consuming these gases over a long period of time can have adverse health effects. To avoid this possibility, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding installation, space requirements and run times.