How to Arrange Fake Logs in Gas Fireplace? Ultimate Guide

It is undeniable that the view of the wood fireplace adds some extra warmth into our hearts, just by seeing the soft flame around the woods. But the mess it makes afterward is a story for another day. Fake logs in a gas fireplace can give you the same cozy glow, minus the hustle. 

As it is not real wood, arranging it accordingly is important to make the most out of your gas fireplace. But how exactly to arrange the gas logs? Can you do it Yourself?

You must follow the manufacturer’s directions to arrange the logs properly. The larger logs are meant to be set in the bottom and the smaller ones on the top. It may differ according to which gas fireplace you are using. If you are unsure, it is best to seek help from a professional. Because it can be dangerous if the arrangement is not correct. 

There are also some factors you need to know for a better understanding of the fake logs. You will find it eftsoons in this article. 

What are Gas Logs Made of?

Usually, gas logs are made of ceramic fiber. A refractory cement mixture is also used to make gas logs as well. 

These materials have high-temperature tolerance. Sometimes steel reinforcement bars are used to increase the strength so that it does not crack or break under high heat. Ceramic logs will give you a more realistic feel than refractory cement logs. 

On the other hand, refractory cement logs are more durable than ceramic, but will not give you the realistic glow.  

How Do They Work?

Unlike the real wood logs, fake gas logs help to steady the gas flame without burning down itself. It will give you the visual illusion of real wood without any safety issues or hustle. 

It will differ how you have to ignite the logs according to the type of fireplace you are using. Some require a remote control, some work by a knob.

When you turn on the flame, the gas will burn around the logs and give you a wood-like appearance.   

How to Arrange Fake Logs in Gas Fireplace?

Before you begin rearranging the gas logs, verify that the gas line is off.

The second step should be consulting the manufacturer guide to arrange the logs properly. Use the logs which came with the gas log set. 

If you are buying it on your own make sure they are the right replacements. 

  • Generally, you will find two bigger logs to set at the bottom of the gas log set. Place one in the front and one in the back. 
  • Make it certain that logs are not blocking the gas flow.
  • Then place the smaller logs on top of the bigger logs. Some logs come with notches so that they do not displace. If yours one comes like that tuck the notches properly. 
  • Check again if you arranged the logs correctly. 
  • The fake log set is ready to light the fire on. 

Are Fake Logs Safe?

Fake gas logs are safer to use if you follow the proper safety measures. 

You must have to use the logs which are meant for your gas logs and arrange them perfectly. Otherwise, it can be a distraction. Because incurrent logs can produce a higher level of carbon monoxide which can be dangerous.

Never fully close your gas fireplace. The temperature goes very high if you close and lit the fireplace. Sometimes the logs may not handle the heat. 

If those issues are taken care of, there is not much to worry about the fake logs. It does not produce a lot of heat as wood logs do at one given time. It is much safer than the traditional logs. 

Should You Do It Yourself?

Yes, you can do it yourself, if only you are completely sure about it. 

It is always safe to arrange the whole set by a certified professional. Because any incorrect layout in the gas log can turn out pretty dangerous. 

The fireplace will malfunction shortly if your arrangements are not right. It increases the development of soot and debris in the fireplace which eventually shortens the lifespan of the fireplace.   

When it comes to you and your family, you should never risk and go for professional help.

Gas Log Maintenance

The benefit you get from a gas log is low maintenance. But that does not mean no maintenance. Proper cleaning and check-up can increase the safety as well as the lifespan of the fireplace. Maintaining the gas fireplace is simple and easy. Here are the steps you need to follow. 

Turn It Off: Locate the pilot light of your fireplace and turn it off. See the manufacturer guide if you do not know how to operate the pilot light.

Take Out the Logs: Before you take out the logs, make sure it is cool enough to prevent burning. When it has cooled down, take it out and keep it on a paper or cloth. As many logs have hand-painted textures to make them realistic, keep them carefully.

Clean the Logs: Take a damp lint-free cloth and wipe off any Carbone, soot, or dust build-up. Make sure not to scratch the logs. You can use the log cleaner available in your local store. But do not use any regular household cleaner as it may ruin the logs.

That’s it. Now restore it on the gas log set.


Rearranging the fake logs is not a difficult task, but you have to do it skillfully. The manufacturer guide is where you have to start from. Try to do it as perfectly as you can. 

On the other hand, there is no shame in calling a certified professional to do the job for you. In that case, it will be pitch-perfect without any labor of your own.  

If you want to do it on your own that’s also fine. Gather as much knowledge as you can about fake gas logs. I hope this article provides you with some of that to get started with.

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