Gas logs are convenient alternatives to burning real wood, but they often get a bad rap for being unrealistic. Low-quality gas logs are often guilty of looking outright fake but high-quality logs will make you do a double-take. So how do you choose a gas log set that will serve as a beautiful focal point to your space? Read on to find useful tips to choosing the most realistic gas log set for your fireplace.
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Refractory Ceramic Blend
Gas log sets made using refractory ceramic blends tend to be higher quality and more detailed than gas logs made of other materials. They are more durable and provide a more realistic look. This is because the material can hold finer details, such as variations in wood bark and grooves in the split of wood.
Hand-Painted Details Make a Difference
High-end brands use latex molds of actual logs, giving a natural look that captures every detail of real logs. The details pop when the logs are hand painted with care and precision. Multiple layers of heat resistant paint and stain enhance their dimension and gives the bark lifelike texture.
A great set of gas logs should make you do a double take. If you feel drawn to touch them to be sure they aren’t the real thing, then you may have found your new gas log set.
Gas Logs That Look Good Year-Round
Consider how the gas log set looks both when lit as well as when it’s off and get one that looks great both ways. Your gas log set will be off more often than it will be on so it’s important you like how they look either way. Choosing a set that compliments your fireplace, home, and décor will enhance the ambiance of your space.
Another good tip to choosing a set that will look realistic is to choose a wood type that is commonly found in your area. It will enhance the realism if they mimic the look of local kindling.
Gas Logs with Structural Integrity
Gas logs that are reinforced with steel bars, rods or pins make them less likely to chip and reduce the risk of breaking. Great structural integrity will keep your logs looking new for years to come.
Generic Gas Logs vs. Premium Gas Logs
Before buying the most convenient, the most affordable or someone's “top pick” gas log set, consider the key features to ensure you get not just any gas log set, but a premium gas log set that will look good even when not in use.
Through the years of selling gas logs, we have learned our premium gas logs differ in many ways from generic gas logs. Take a look at our video to see the difference.
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