Happy holidays everyone! We hope your holiday season has been fantastic so far, and continues on through the new year.
We are often asked how frequently you need to replace the gas logs in your gas fireplace. The uninspiring answer is: it depends. The longer answer is that there isn’t a set timeline for when they need to be replaced. Rather, there are a variety of factors that can affect the lifespan of your gas logs, such as the material that they’re made out of, as well as how often you actually use them. Some sets are made out of cement. If that’s the case with yours, depending on usage, they can begin to fade in appearance over tine, and likely need to be replaced every 2-3 years. However, most gas logs these days are ceramic, and they tend to last a big longer as they are extremely durable and resistant to extremely hot temperatures. If you have a vented fireplace with ceramic logs, that’s well-maintained, your log set can last a very long time, maybe even ten years or more. However, if you have a ventless fireplace with ceramic logs, and it’s well maintained, those will generally have a 3-5 year lifespan. Again, these lifespans are estimates, and will vary based on how often you use them.
If you choose to replace them yourself, it can quickly become a very involved process, and, if installed incorrectly, they can easily become potentially dangerous. Because of this, we recommend calling professionals to help with the removal of old logs and installation of a new set. WilliamSmith Fireplaces can help you with this whenever you notice that your logs are starting to fade, or haven’t been inspected or replaced in quite a while.
So, in summary: the higher the quality of the material, and the less usage your gas logs see, the longer their lifespan will be. But regardless of what material they’re made out of, or how often you use them, almost all sets of logs should last at least a few years. Happy holidays!