For details about safety piltos read: How a Safety Pilot Works
The G52 gas log burner system is the most advanced vented gas log burner from R. H. Peterson and features enticing dancing flames and more heat than a typical vented gas log. The specially formulated fiber enhanced refractory ceramic logs designed specifically for this burner sit atop a unique stainless steel booster grid. The extreme heat build-up on the interior portion of the logs in this configuration causes them to glow more like a real wood fire and radiate extra heat into the room.
The G31 Triple Tiere Burner System creates a high full bodied flame using less BTUs than typical gas log burners. It is also designed with a smaller than average footprint so you can use larger logs in smaller fireplaces. It also has a porcelainized reflective front panel that enhances reflection of the glowing embers.
If you want a gas log set with a remote control system, then the G46 burner is probably your "Best Choice". The G46 allows you to use wider logs because it has a "Tapered Shape" that conforms better to the inside of most fireplaces. In most cases, adding a remote control valve to a gas log requires an additional clearance of about 8" to 10" on each side of the burner (that's 16" to 20" less in width your logs must be). This clearance is necessary in order to allow enough air around the burner system to keep it cool...otherwise it can overheat and melt the inner workings of the pilot valve (leaving you with an expensive repair or replacement). Allowing for the proper clearance means that your log set ends up being much smaller than you might desire.
If you are looking for the best "Match-Light" system and are not interested in a safety pilot or remote control, then the G45 burner is the best choice for you. Also, if you have a larger fireplace that can accommodate logs that are wider than 30", then the G45 is also your best choice since it comes in sizes up to 60" wide.
The G4 and GX4 burners have the same exact characteristics as the G45 and GX45 burners described above except that they have only a single tube burner, there is no additional front flame burner that "Ts" off the main burner, so your glowing embers will not glow quite as much as with the G45 burners. The G4 is about $35 less than the G45, so most people will choose the G45 over the G4 burner because they believe that having an additional front flame burner is better (except for those who know the little secret...which you can read below).
|Valve Model||Gas Type||Max BTU Input||G4/G45 Standard||G45-2 See-thru|
|SPK-26||NG||100,000||16" - 36"||16" - 30"|
|SPK-26P||LP||200,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
|APK-10||NG||230,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
|APK-10P||LP||372,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
|APK-11||NG||70,000||12" - 30"||16" - 18"|
|APK-11P||LP||110,000||12" - 42"||16" - 30"|
|APK-15||NG||85,000||12" - 30"||16" - 18"|
|APK-15P||LP||135,000||12" - 42"||16" - 36"|
|APK-17||NG||100,000||12" - 42"||16" - 30"|
|APK-17P||LP||200,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
|EPK-1||NG||88,000||12" - 30"||16" - 18"|
|EPK-P||LP||110,000||12" - 42"||16" - 30"|
|EPK-2||NG||120,000||12" - 42"||16" - 30"|
|EPK-P||LP||190,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
|EPK-2V-TR||NG||120,000||12" - 42"||16" - 30"|
|EPK-2VP-TR||LP||180,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
|EPK-3V-TR||NG||200,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
|EPK-3VP-TR||LP||320,000||12" - 60"||16" - 60"|
Match Light Burners:
Match Light gas log burners are for natural gas only, you CANNOT use a match light system with Liquid Propane! To operate a match light burner, you light the gas logs by holding a long match or lighter in front of the burner with one hand while turning on the gas from your main gas valve located either in the wall or floor next to your fireplace. It is important to know that when you turn on the gas to a match light burner, the gas flows freely through the holes in the burner, so if you turn on the gas and do not light the logs, gas just continues to flow into your home. If someone (such as a small child) turns on the gas without lighting the logs, you can see how this would create an unsafe condition. So you must be more more careful with this type of system. if you have small children, don't forget to keep the gas key out of reach, or consider one of the safety pilot or remote options. Because there are no safety controls whatsoever to a match light system, many cities across the country do not allow them. Be sure to check with your local building department to make sure this type of system is allowed in your home before you make a purchase.
Manually Operated Safety Pilot (SPK):
This type of burner system has a safety pilot that stays lit at all times (unless you turn it off). If the pilot is lit, then you can turn the logs on and off manually by reaching inside your fireplace and turning the control knob that is attached to the burner system. You cannot operate this type of system with a remote control.
Basic On/Off Remote:
This type of burner system has a safety pilot that stays lit at all times (unless you turn it off). If the pilot is lit, then you can turn the logs on and off from the included hand held remote control. You can also turn the logs on and off by reaching inside the fireplace and adjusting the valve manually. You cannot adjust the flame height with this type system, so it is either on all the way or off.
Adjustable Flame Remote:
This is the most popular type of remote controlled gas log system. It has a safety pilot that stays lit at all times (unless you turn it off). If the pilot is lit, you can turn the logs on and off as well as adjust the height of the flame directly from the included hand held remote control. These functions can also be performed by reaching inside the fireplace and adjusting the valve manually.
Electronic Ignition Remote:
This is the most sophisticated and costly burner system. There is "NO" safety pilot. Instead, the gas valve is turned on and off by the remote control and there is a spark igniter that lights the gas. This type of system saves energy because you are not burning the safety pilot while it is not in use. The entire system is battery operated, so there is no hard wiring necessary. You cannot adjust the flame height with this type system, so it is either on all the way or off.
For more details read: How a Safety Pilot Works
Check with your local building department: Before you purchase gas logs anywhere, It is very important that you find which of the rating standards below are accepted in your city. Because building codes vary from city to city, Peterson produces gas logs to 3 different standards, giving you the most flexibility in choosing the best logs for your needs. The less strict the standard is in your city, the more choices you will have that may be either less expensive or more appealing to you. We cannot tell you what your local building codes require, so you must contact your local building department to determine what they will accept.
No Approval - Some gas logs have no approval rating. These are generally log sets that are over 30" wide because they use too many BTUs to be approved by any national building standards. Non approved log sets are still acceptable in many cities. Often times you can get approval from your city to use such logs if you provide certain documentation to your local planning department. We can help you with this if necessary, you will just need to let us know what it is they want.
RADCO Approved - A majority of cities in the USA accept RADCO approved gas logs. These meet basic minimum safety standards that are accepted by many municipalities. However, RADCO approval does not require that your gas logs have a safety pilot, so if one is required by your city, you will most likely need to purchase an ANSI approved gas log.
ANSI Approval - Gas logs that are ANSI approved meet the most strict standards and are pretty much approved anywhere in the USA. Some cities and states (such as Massachusetts and New York) will not allow you to install any gas log unless it is ANSI approved. All ANSI approved gas logs will have a "Factory Installed" safety pilot, so there is no such thing as a "Match Light" ANSI approved gas log. If you are unsure which approval is legal in your city and you do not wish to deal with the building department to find out, then purchase an ANSI approved gas log and you will be fine. However, there is an additional cost for gas logs to go through the ANSI approval process, so be prepared to spend a little more for an ANSI approved log set.
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For details about safety piltos read: How a Safety Pilot Works