How to install gas logs

//How to install gas logs

Want to know how to install gas logs? There are several reasons why you may want to update your existing gas logs or convert your firebox to a gas log application. Newer logs can improve the appearance of your fireplace, provide more heat throughout the winter, and reduce the time and money you spend dealing with a wood burning fireplace. Many modern gas log sets come with a variety of temperature and ambiance controls, and even offer a thermostatic remote!

If your wood burning fireplace hasn’t been upgraded for gas burning logs, you’ll need to have a gas line installed prior to installing a new gas log set. For the safety for your family, call a professional to install the gas line.

The below instructions are general to most gas log installations, but please be sure to carefully read your product’s installation manual. It is important to carefully follow the instructions provided with the gas log set you purchased.

Uninstall your old gas logs.

Note: these are instructions for removing gas logs from the firebox. If you were previously using the fireplace for a wood burning application, skip to step 5. 

Step 1: Shut off the gas supply!!

Fumes from the gas can be extremely hazardous to your health and may cause a fire. Turn off the gas supply anytime you’re working on your gas fireplace, especially when you’re disconnecting the gas line.


Step 2: Remove artificial logs. Removal of your old logs should be fairly simple. Put on work gloves to protect your hands from the soot and dirt, and then pull the old gas logs off the grate. We recommend having a plastic tub, old cardboard box, or trash can handy to place the old logs.

Step 3: Remove the grate.

The grate is likely secured to the fireplace bricks with masonry screws. Remove the screws to unsecure the grate, and then remove it from the fireplace box.

Remove Grate

Step 4: Disconnect gas line from the burner. Again, be sure the gas is turned off! Disconnect the gas line from the burner, and then remove the burner from the firebox.

Step 5: Clean the fireplace. Once the old burner has been removed, clean out the firebox by sweeping away the left over debris and soot. You may need to use your vacuum cleaner attachment to thoroughly remove any dust and dirt from the fireplace. If you were previously using the fireplace to burn wood, have the chimney professionally cleaned before installing your new log set.

How to install new gas logs.

Step 6: Connect the gas line.

Connect the burner to the gas line by applying pipe thread sealant around the gas line connection, and then attach the gas supply line to the burner and fasten tightly.

Connecting Gas Hose

Step 7: Secure the burner. Set the burner into position and use a masonry bit to drill holes in the brick in the firebox (if not already present). Then use masonry screws to secure the burner into place. If your gas log set came with a grate, install the grate over the burner. 

Step 8: Check for leaks.

Turn on the gas supply. Test your connections and hoses by using a spray bottle filled with a water and soap mixture. Any gas leaks will be evident by bubbles from the soap. If any leaks are present, tighten the loose connection and / or replace broken gas lines.

Check For Gas Leak

Step 9: Install the gas logs. When you’re sure that your connections are secure and leak free, place the gas logs on the burner. The logs must be placed in a specific order, so be sure to properly place the logs; the configuration should be fairly evident because the holes in the logs will match the pins on the burner. 

Step 10: Install accessories. Finally, add the finishing touches that come in your accessory kit. The ash covered coals and small pieces of rock wool will give the effect of a real wood burning fireplace. The rock wool will glow like hot coals and the ash covered cools will appear to be remnants of old fires.

That should be all you need to know about how to install gas logs, now sit back and enjoy your hard work! If you’re uncomfortable installing your own gas burning logs, contact a trained professional like The Fireplace Place to assist you.

2017-10-13T17:01:36-04:00 June 27th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on How to install gas logs