Back with an update on my gas log project!
I really am not an expert on gas logs and had no idea how to choose, but the folks at The Fireplace Store in Marietta were great about explaining the options to me. Since my fireplace is fully functioning and can burn real wood and it has a gas starter, I have a vented fireplace already. The options when choosing gas logs are vented or unvented varieties. The vented logs are a little less expensive, but the unvented ones create more heat. My logs are mostly going to be used for ambiance in the cold winter months, so I opted for vented which won’t let off much heat, but will be fine for my purpose.
I can’t wait to get them installed.
I looked at all the different shapes and kinds of gas logs available and decided on the budget variety, the Post Oak Classics.
After measuring inside my fireplace box, he told me I needed the 24” set, so I bought them and set up an installation date, which will be next week.
Here’s my set all lit up and looking pretty. I really couldn’t see a lot of difference between this set and the others that were pricier and so I opted for the less expensive ones. I really think I’ll be very happy with them.
Here are a few more options, the Split Oak Designer Plus.
These are a little more rustic and charred. Isn’t it fun how realistic these gas logs are? What I really love are the charred embers that are scattered around too to really make them look authentic.
The Royal English Oak Designer series is getting a little pricier.
Here’s how they look.
And the American Oak set.
Look like this.
Overall, I really think I’ll love my Post Oak Classic set a lot. With my $500 giftcard, I only had a slight bit to pay on my gas log set, which included the installation cost of $125. I can’t wait to get them in and show you the process!
Disclosure: I’m partnering in this project with YP and I received a giftcard to spend.
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[email protected] Porch Musings says
This is a great addition, Rhoda!
We have vented in the hearth room fireplace. It seems to throw out enough heat that it is great on crispy cool mornings. That fireplace was the most expensive of the three we had installed.
The one in J’s lodge is vent free and will really heat up that big room. We only had it on a couple of time this past winter, since the weather was mild until Spring this year, when real Winter weather arrived.
The other one we have is wood burning on the porch. We like a wood burning fireplace on the back porch.
Then we put the little electric one in our room a couple of years ago.
We are fireplace happy.LOL We enjoy all of them.
Hi Rhoda! Oh, I love these logs! Looks wonderful and you don’t have to worry about the ashes! We have the same kind of fireplace and a few years ago got some very similar gas logs put in. The embers in the bottom glow just like real and the logs look so real! Ours puts out just the tiniest bit of heat and I love it. I’ve so enjoyed you spiff up your pretty home!
Be a sweetie,
Spend the extra and get the remote control if it’s available! I thought it was a silly extravagance until I got it, now I wouldn’t want to be without it!
Elizabeth H says
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I went shopping with my mom when she bought gas logs. In Arkansas. The very experienced sales person told us that we needed to select what, to us, looked like what we thought a fire ought to look like. That made sense. So we prowled around, with this in mind.
I found myself standing in front of fake birch gas logs. Birch does not grow anywhere near Arkansas! Why on earth was this even a choice? I said to the nice sales person: “Who on earth, here, picks this?” Her reply was instant and confident: “Homesick Yankees at Christmas time!” And I thought about it: of course they do!
My mom picked oak.
This really helped me a lot we are going to put a gas fireplace in our new home. We have a wood burning and gas now but we are tired of the wood burning and dealing with the wood and the mess. Gas logs sure have come along way since we did ours 20 years ago.
You are going to love this! We changed from wood to gas vented after only a few years with wood. I didn’t mind the mess so much as having to wait for the fire to die before closing the damper. All that heat just going up the chimney! I really like the vented…so realistic, but we changed to vent-free to get a bit more heat. We were able to strew some of our old logs in the front being careful not to interfere with the new logs. It just looked better as the vent-free are not as realistic and one can’t adjust the flame pattern. Sometimes you can find these logs at garage sales and a few more adds a lot. I wish I had the remote!
In my bedroom we have gas vented that looks like a coal fire. It’s very sweet and romantic. We brought it back from England years ago, but it’s really just lava rocks! We used our old original grates (which were for coal) and it too. looks so real.
Hopefully, the cold is gone for awhile, but at least you have something to look forward to next winter.
I love the American Oak ones but they were rather pricey. I have a similar fire, however we don’t get a choice over here in NZ to choose our wood so to speak. I think its a great idea, I am sure whatever you end up buying it will look fabulous just like your whole house.
I’m sure it will be lovely. I have the same as you, a wood burning, if I want, but also have a gas starter. I haven’t done anything with my fireplace yet, as I really didn’t understand the vented or non – vented. Did you have your chimney inspected? Do the people at the Fireplace Store inspect the gas line? As you can see, I have no experience with this! And I want a fire of some sort this winter!
I haven’t had my chimney inspected, but did have a new topper put on it from the outside. I know the gas line is there and the fireplace store will check it out when they install my logs.
Another beautiful project completed in your lovely home! Love seeing your progress and how you attack your projects. We recently completed a similar project. We moved into this home almost ten years ago and, embarrassing to admit, but the gas fireplace as been sitting with the same logs and dirt in it for that long! I begged my husband to help me clean it out or hire someone. But we always had other projects that seemed to trump that one, so there it sat until I couldn’t stand it any more. One reason we didn’t use it is because of hubby’s asthma and allergies. So we had to get gas logs to be able to use it without him having issues. We also had to find dual sided gas logs since our fireplace is see-through to the formal dining room from the family room. We visited so many stores in the area, but I finally found a great deal and the perfect set online, then had to have one of the local fireplace stores come install it. I figured we wouldn’t be able to enjoy it until winter here in Texas. But amazingly, we had an unusual cold snap and have enjoyed it a few times since having it installed a few months back. There’s just nothing like the warmth and beauty of a fireplace, even a gas one, and I wish we had done this ten years ago!