12 Best Gas Log Fireplace Inserts and Reviews

Gas fireplace logs are a great alternative if you do not want to deal with the hassle of a real wood burning fire. They provide a convenient source of warmth and the feel of a real fire. They are perfect to cozy up to and help to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

The logs can be used in vented, ventless, or vent-free fireplace. Below we have reviewed 12 fireplace log inserts, and have named the best gas fireplace logs that you can place in your fireplace. 

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We have included pros and cons of each type of fireplace log set we also named our favorite gas log as our Editor’s Choice. There are many different brands of log inserts, and we’ve included and compared both ventless and vent free fireplace logs in our reviews.

12 Best Gas Fireplace Logs

Here are the 12 best gas log inserts:

Gas Fireplace Logs ModelDimensionsWeightPrice
Sure Heat, BRO18NG Burnt River Oak Gas Fireplace Log Sets (18-Inch)
Editor's Choice
12 x 18 x 1643.6 lbs Check Price
Sure Heat, BRO24NG Burnt River Gas Fireplace Logs (24-Inch)12 x 24 x 1761.5 lbs Check Price
Barton, Petite Ceramic Wood Effect Gas Fireplace Logs16.8 x 10.3 x 107.65 lbs Check Price
Peterson Real Fyre, Live Oak Gas Fireplace Logs20 x 2 x 21.2 lbs Check Price
Emberside by SureHeat, Mountain Vernon Oak Gas Fireplace Logs23.5 x 15.5 x 17
37 lbs Check Price
Sure Heat, SH18DBNG Seasoned Hickory Gas Fireplace Logs12 x 19 x 1650.1 lbs Check Price
Regal Flame, 10-Piece Ceramic Wood Large Gas Fireplace Logs12 x 10 x 101 lb Check Price
Regal Flame, 9-Piece Ceramic Wood Petite Gas Fireplace Logs5 x 5 x 51 lb Check Price
Sure Heat, CS30DBNG Country Split Oak Gas Fireplace Logs14.5 x 30 x 14.570 lbs Check Price
Peterson Real Fyre, 18-Inch Post Oak Gas Fireplace Logs22.5 x 16 x 8.2
44.9 lbs Check Price
Stanbroil, 10-Piece Ceramic Wood (Small) Gas Fireplace Logs16.1 x 8.9 x 2.81.85 lbs Check Price
Regal Flame, 8-PieceCeramic Wood (Medium) Gas Fireplace Logs12 x 4 x 81 lb Check Price

Sure Heat, BRO18NG Burnt River Oak Log Sets (18-Inch)

Pros
  • These logs just look more realistic than any other logs that could be inserted into a gas fireplace 
  • The logs are brighter than other brands 
  • Long lasting logs that are great value for money 
Cons
  • Buy a separate hook up kit as the one included in the pack is not good enough to do the job
  • These logs will emit fumes the first times they are used but should go away after being used 

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These gas fireplace logs from Sure Heat are 18 inches are come in packs of 8. These Sure Heat gas log fireplace inserts are hand painted ceramics logs stacked on to a tiered grate. The ceramic is made in such a way that the embers glow twice as bright as other logs so it looks more like a real wood burning fire. The Sure Heat logs are designed to fit in fireplaces that are 28 inches wide at the front, 24 inches at the back, and that have a depth of 14 inches. 

 

Sure Heat, BRO24NG Burnt River Gas Logs (24-Inch)

Pros
  • The flame effect looks really good 
  • It is easy to convert them to propane gas
  • High quality ceramic and hand painted 
Cons
  • The flames only look realistic on higher settings 
  • Need to open the flue for at least 20 minutes after putting the fire out to clear the fumes 

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The Sure Heat BRO24NG logs are very similar to the 18 inch version, they essentially just 6 inches longer. The Sure Heat BRO24NG is made from the same hand painted ceramic, which means that the embers glow at least twice as bright as other logs do. The main difference between the 24 inch version and the 18 inch version is that you can convert the larger logs into being used with propane gas by using a safety pilot kit and a vermiculite. These logs are made to fit in fireplaces that are 32 inches wide at the front, 24 inches at the back, and that have a depth of 15 inches. 

In many ways I prefer the vented Sure Heat BRO24NG logs to the ventless gas fireplace logs. As the 24 inch is an extended version of the 18 inch the embers do seem to glow twice as bright as the logs made by rivals. 

 

Barton, Petite Ceramic Wood Effect Gas Fireplace Logs

Pros
  • This log set allows you to mix up the sizes in the fireplace
  • It is good that these logs can be used in so many different fireplaces 
  • The logs are well made 
Cons
  • It can take time to up the logs to look like wood logs but it is worth the effort
  • These logs retain heat after the fire has been switched off so could need replacing sooner 

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This is a 10 piece log set with 5 different sizes ranging from 10 inches to 15.3 inches in length. The Barton gas log fireplace insert is designed to look like an imitation of brown wood. It can be safely used with a variety of fuels including propane, ethanol, gel as well as with vent free gas fireplace logs. 

We admire how versatile the Barton Fireplace logs are, being able to use them with a range of different fuels and fireplaces. Whatever you combine the Barton logs with they also look good, and have a realistic look of a wood fire. It is a good all round set of logs, and having different sizes makes it look more real than having uniform sized logs in the fireplace. 

 

Peterson Real Fyre, Live Oak Gas Fireplace Logs

Pros
  • The details are finely painted on each log
  • Logs are sturdy because of the steel rods 
  • You certainly get the extra quality you pay for 
Cons
  • These logs are for indoor use only
  • Check the length of connection needed as the kit does not have a long cable 

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The Peterson Real Fyre gas fireplace logs are higher quality reinforced with steel rods meticulously hand painted finish. These gas log fireplace insert are a little more expensive yet are definitely worth because of their higher quality. 

I really like this vented option, they look as good as any ventless log set. These logs really do have fine quality details, and are expertly painted, they look good as soon as the fire is lit. 

 

Emberside by SureHeat, Mountain Vernon Oak Fireplace Logs

Pros
  • High quality ceramic and hand painted logs 
  • The embers are brighter than other logs from rival firms 
  • The dual burner means that propane can be used instead of natural gas 
Cons
  • Poor quality packaging so risk being damaged in transit
  • The connection kit is often not the right size 

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The Emberside logs are six hand painted ceramics logs stacked on to a tiered grate and well presented. Sure Heat state that this gas log fireplace insert is made in such a way that the embers glow twice as bright as other ventless gas fireplace logs. As it is CSA approved it has the ability to warm up an area between 1200 and 1500 square foot with 99.9 % efficiency. 

We do love the brightness that Sure Heat manage to achieve with their gas fireplace inserts and the Emberside is no exception to that rule. We have noticed that the embers indeed glow twice as bright as the logs made by other companies. We also liked the manual control system and the 100 % safe carbon monoxide and oxygen depletion system. 

 

Sure Heat, SH18DBNG Seasoned Hickory Gas Logs

Pros
  • Realistic looking fire 
  • Embers that are really bright 
  • Logs resemble a mature fire 
Cons
  • The connecting pipe is often too long
  • The armature is difficult to bend without breaking 

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The Sure Heat Seasoned Hickory dual burner fireplace logs have all the high quality production that people have come to expect from this company. The six parts of the gas log fireplace insert are all hand painted to meet their tough standards. As it is vented you will need a connection kit unlike ventless  gas fireplace logs that do not. 

I am always impressed by the high standards that Sure Heat set for their logs as the Seasoned Hickory dual burner ticks all of the boxes like all of their products. I love the way that it recreates the appearance of a mature fire. 

 

Regal Flame, 10-Piece Ceramic Wood Large Gas Fireplace Logs

Pros
  • These logs can be used in so many different fireplaces and firepits
  • You can mix up the sizes of the logs in the fireplace
  • High class hand painted logs 
Cons
  • The lighter color logs do not look as realistic 
  • May start to flake after a few months 

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These logs are suitable for all types of indoor fireplaces. This set of gas log fireplace inserts can be used with propane, ethanol, electricity or gel plus all and vent free gas fireplace logs. The 10 logs range in size from 10 inches to 15 inches in length. Can be used outdoors too. 

We like the different sizes of the logs as that allows us the chance to get creative. These logs can be used 

in any fireplace and fire pit and the arrangements will look good. 

 

Regal Flame, 9-Piece Ceramic Wood Petite Logs

Pros
  • The fires look real 
  • Can be creative 
  • Logs on many fireplaces 
Cons
  • Easily get covered in soot 
  • Buy 2 packs if you have a larger fireplace 

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These Petite set of gas fireplace logs are suitable for all types of indoor fireplaces. This set of gas log fireplace inserts can be used with propane, ethanol, electricity or gel plus all vent free gas fireplace logs. The 10 logs range in size from 4 inches to 9 inches in length. These petite logs be used outdoors as well. 

I like working with the various sizes of the logs as that allows me the chance to be inventive. These logs can be used in any fireplace and fire pit and the arrangements will look great. 

 

Sure Heat, CS30DBNG Country Split Oak Gas Logs

Pros
  • Realistic logs due to painting 
  • Great choice for larger fireplaces 
  • Good value for money 
Cons
  • Thin packaging so risk of damage in transit
  • Connection kit is often the wrong size 

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The Country Split Seasoned Hickory dual burner gas fireplace logs have all the high quality production that people have come to expect from this company. The six parts of the gas log fireplace insert are all hand painted to meet their high standards. As it is vented you will need a connection kit not like ventless gas logs, which do not. 

We really liked the quality of these 30 inch gas logs, that look great on a larger fireplace. 

 

Peterson Real Fyre, 18-Inch Post Oak Gas Fireplace Logs

Pros
  • Heavy construction to last longer 
  • Highest quality to buy 
  • Safe money if you already have a burner 
Cons
  • Logs get smothered in soot
  • May not provide enough heat 

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The Peterson Real Fyre 18 inch Post Oak Gas Logs are higher quality, reinforced with steel rods, and meticulously hand painted finish. The gas log fireplace insert are a little more expensive yet are definitely worth because of their higher quality. 

I like these vented logs, as they look better than any ventless logs. These logs really do have fine quality details, expertly painted. 

 

Stanbroil, 10-Piece Ceramic Wood (Small) Logs

Pros
  • Good quality logs
  • Adapts to surrounding fireplaces
  • Looks good in all types of fireplaces 
Cons
  • Logs are not of a consistent quality 
  • Will need more packs for larger fireplaces 

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The production that people have come to expect from Stanbroil is seen in this range. The 10 pieces of the gas log fireplace insert are all hand painted to meet their high standards. You will not need a connection kit to use with ventless logs. 

We think that these little pieces of ceramic gas fireplace logs look good in all sorts of fireplaces. 

These range in sizes from 3 to 8 inches in length. 

 

Regal Flame, 8-PieceCeramic Wood (Medium) Gas Fireplace Logs

Pros
  • High standard of logs 
  • Able to burn other fuels. 
  • Looks warm and cozy 
Cons
  • Poor packaging 
  • Poor quality of connection kit 

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This set of gas fireplace logs are suitable for all types of indoor fireplaces. These gas log fireplace inserts can be used with propane, ethanol, electricity or gel plus all ventless fireplace logs. 

I think this range is of good quality and value 

 

Final Verdict

Overall we felt that the best gas fireplace logs were the Sure Heat, BRO18NG Burnt River Oak Log Set (18-Inch). These logs burn brighter than other brands and they tend to last longer as well. We liked the brightness of the embers produced by the logs and at that price these logs are great value for money. 

 

FAQs

Can you burn logs in a gas fireplace?

No you cannot burn logs in a gas fireplace, the ceramic material is designed to conduct heat and light but is not meant to be burned. 

How much do gas fireplace logs cost?

Depending on the brand and the size of the logs, gas fireplace logs cost around $130 to $150 with starting prices close to the $50 mark. 

What are the best gas logs? 

The best gas logs are the Sure Heat BRO18NG logs, the type of logs that we picked to be our editor’s choice. 

What are gas fireplace logs? 

Gas fireplace logs are fake logs generally made out of ceramics that are made to look like real wood logs getting burned on an open fire. 

Do you need logs for gas fireplace? 

You do not need logs for gas fireplaces yet most people prefer to have these logs as it makes their homes feel cozier than if they were not in the fireplace. 

Can you use fire logs in a gas fireplace?

You use the fire logs specifically designed for gas fireplaces in those fireplaces. They have to be the right type of log to work properly and to be safe. 

How long do gas fireplace logs last?

Gas fireplace logs can last for several months if not longer, depending on the fuel used by the fire and how often the fire is switched on. 

How do you clean fake fireplace logs?

You can clean fake fireplace logs with a cloth or a cleaning wipe, making sure that you have given enough time to cool down if it has recently been switched off. 

How much does it cost to run a gas fireplace per hour?

The exact cost per an hour of running a gas fireplace can vary depending on how big the fire is, what temperature setting the fire was on and the type of gas being used. 

Can you put a blower on Vented gas logs?

Yes it can provided that there are louvers the blower can be attached to. 

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