How to Install Propane Gas Logs

Propane gas logs help to create the heat and atmosphere of a fire in a fireplace at home without involving the dirty and time-consuming tasks of splitting and hauling wood, building fires and cleaning the chimney. Many are turning to propane-powered gas logs as an alternative to standard fireplaces, wood or pellet stoves. However, there are certain considerations you must take into account when installing propane gas logs in your home. Before beginning the project, it is crucial that you consult with the local building authorities to determine whether a permit is required.

Step 1 - Secure the Necessary Materials

In order to install your propane gas logs, you'll need the following materials:

  • Propane gas log set, sized appropriately for your fireplace
  • Direct venting or top-vent system
  • Standard tool set

You will also need to determine how you plan to vent the gas logs. The most common option is to vent the excess air and carbon monoxide through a chimney. If you do not have a chimney, or if you're not sure if your chimney is suitable for venting of this type, have it examined by a ventilation expert. In the case that your chimney isn't appropriately suited for venting the excess fumes produced by propane logs, you'll need to set up a direct venting system, which uses a two-way pipe to channel the gas outside of the home, or a top-vent system, which acts as a replacement for a chimney.

Step 2 - Install the Propane Gas Logs

Follow the manufacturer's instructions to install the propane gas log set. Generally, propane tanks must be at least 20 feet away from any door or window. However, it is important to verify the legal requirements in your jurisdiction before beginning the installation procedure.

Generally, propane gas logs will have a base system to install as well as a separate propane source. Take care while maneuvering or manipulating the propane tank that you do not drop or compress it. It should also not be allowed to remain in an area where it will get too hot or cold. Use safety tools as recommended by the manufacturers of the propane gas log set.

Step 3 - Set Up the Venting System

Without a venting system, carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases will build up inside your house as the propane gas burns. Even a failure to adequately install a venting system can prove to be harmful or even fatal. For this reason, follow the venting system instructions carefully. In the case of a direct venting system, which is the most popular option after a chimney itself, ensure that you locate the system in a convenient place for drilling, as you'll need to cut through the wall to the outside. Additionally, the pipes should fit as snugly into the wall as possible to allow for minimal transference of noxious fumes.

If you have any doubts about your ability to install a propane gas log set, consult with a contractor or ventilation expert.