Everyone loves the sound of crackling logs and the red glow of golden embers. Not everyone wants to deal with the headaches of a wood-burning fireplace, though. In this era of endless multi-tasking, who has time to chop wood and kindle flames? Thanks to the new generation of gas fireplace logs, you don’t have to. It is now possible to have quite realistic “wood” fires, without the wood.

Today’s gas fireplace logs are designed to look as close to real wood as possible. Though they are made of ceramic, ceramic fiber or concrete, they are created to simulate real wood. Most even come with such authentic touches as ax marks and knots. These real-looking gas fireplace logs, combined with the more genuine looking flames of many fireplaces, unite to make a fireplace that is very close to wood-burning in looks and warmth.

Gas fireplace logs can be installed in most masonry fireplaces, prefabricated wood-burning fireplaces, and ventless fireplaces. Gas fireplace logs come as either vented or ventless–make sure you use the appropriate kind for your fireplace. Vented gas and direct gas fireplaces come equipped with factory installed logs. Generally, these cannot be changed.

Gas fireplace logs are available at many online outlets including the following. Home of Décor features a very helpful FAQ section, in addition to an excellent selection of gas fireplace logs. Elite Deals offers an assortment of Peterson Real Fyre Gas Logs. Peterson logs come with high definition bark and natural colors.

Home Click offers a variety of vent free and ventless gas fireplace logs. Stove City offers fireplace logs and accessories at wholesale prices.

A search for “gas fireplace logs” on any search engine will uncover numerous companies offering gas logs. You can compare features and prices and the click of a mouse. Before you purchase logs, find out if your area requires any special testing or certification of gas logs.