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What Makes a Gas Log Set Look Real?

Written on: December 13, 2021

Enjoy cozy comfort courtesy of Kimlin Energy!

propane fireplace new yorkDuring Hudson Valley winters, there’s nothing like relaxing by a fire in the fireplace with good company or a good book. But who wants to deal with the work of building, lighting, and cleaning up that you need to do with a wood-burning fireplace?

Kimlin Energy has the perfect solution: a propane fireplace or fireplace insert with gas logs! You get the warm glow and comfort of a fireplace by just pushing a button. Another benefit is that propane fireplaces burn much more cleanly than wood fireplaces, with dramatically fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Whether you’re using a freestanding propane fireplace, or a gas log insert in an existing fireplace, you’ll want the fire to appear realistic so that it has the appearance of a genuine wood fire. That’s why the gas logs you choose matter. We carry a range of attractive, durable gas logs and can help you find the right one for your home.

Here’s some information on what to look for when choosing your gas logs.

Gas logs: form and function

Attention to detail. There’s much more to creating gas logs than painting them brown or beige. When your propane fireplace is on, you want it to appear as though real burning wood is burning, with flicker and glow and fine details such as scorch and charring marks.

One of a kind. There are numerous distinct varieties of wood. Every species of tree has its own distinctive bark texture and wood grain. You may want your gas logs to resemble oak, hickory, white birch, or another wood. Some gas log sets are made to look like driftwood for a coastal look. Some customers want a richer, more textured wood appearance. Hand-painting is common among top gas log sets to make them as realistic as possible. In addition, some models include sand and embers to give the impression of a real wood fire.

The right materials. Ceramic or refractory cement are used to construct most gas logs. Although ceramic logs might change color, they are much less prone to fracture from the heat of a gas fire than are refractory cement logs. The wood look and color will last longer with refractory cement but are more vulnerable to cracking.

Don’t forget the flame. The flames in your propane gas fireplace should be flickering and yellow or orange rather than blue, which is associated with gas. Try to find one that offers that capability. Some have a double pipe burner for fuller, more natural-looking flames.

Get the benefits of a propane fireplace in your home. Contact us today to find out more!