Gas Logs: All In The Making

Gas logs, FireBalls, FireShapes, and fire stones products are made to be indestructible. They are made to be used continuously, and many times over, and capable of handling extremely high temperatures. They are made to tolerate propane and natural gas, and hold flames consistently for extended periods of time. The can be burned in traditional masonry fireplaces, as well as in ventless fireplaces under appropriate conditions. Does it ever come to mind the extent of effort, of the process behind them? Do you ever wonder how these marvels of heat have been created?

Originally, gas logs were supposed to look like actual logs, but not much thought was given to them. They did resemble wooden logs, slightly, but it was quite obvious that they were simply an imitation. The Rasmussen company expanded this concept, and artistically developed their logs to be nearly identical to true wood. Their first designs were carved, with textured crevices, nooks, and markings to keep them as authentic as possible. As romantic and artisanal this process was, they found creating a true replicate of nature’s prototype was best done by moulding actual wood. Today, they offer many different versions of logs, to where you can almost choose the specie of the wood you are wanting. Birch, oak, and pine are staples, and there are plenty of different variants.

The materials that gas logs are made of are very hi-tech. Ceramic refractory materials that can withstand extreme temperatures are the main base. On the interior they are fitted with steel piping for the gas mechanisms.

The process begins with two different sizes of lightweight, expanded shale aggregate, which are the basic building blocks. They work in conjunction to fit together in a ceramic bond. The glue that locks the aggregates together is a high temperature cement, and has the ability to exceed 2300 degrees. Once these are mixed, they are poured into latex rubber moulds. Actual wooden logs are used as a mould. A single mould takes  three days to create, in an intricate process. In the mould, steel rod reinforcements are implemented. These ensure an even heat throughout the entire log during burning. The general color is slate gray, and then they get colored with a unique coloring process that can remain colorfast beyond the heat of the fire.

In line with always keeping the customer in mind, gas fire sets have been expanded beyond the look logs. Not everyone wants logs that are realistic, and seeing this, Rasmussen created the Alterna line of products to offer different looks that work with many different styles of interior design. Made entirely of the same innovative ceramic materials, and reinforced with steel, these sets work just like the vented and unvented gas logs do. These looks are far more modern, and allow you to use your vented or ventless fireplace as more than a means of heating a room. Your fireplace can be an object of décor, a showpiece that draws in the eye. One of the most desired of the Alterna log sets is the FireGlitter. This look is available in different colors, and is created with high temperature glass, which serves as a bed that holds the gas fire. As the fire burns, the flames’ light hitting the shards of glass creates a captivating, sparkling design. Unlike real stones, FireShapes stones will not become combustible in a fire, and will create a modern, organic look in your fireplace. Available in different colors, a custom look can be created for the perfect accent to your home. Entirely contemporary, and lending a very geometric feel, FireShapes are an entirely unique display of style. FireBalls have a timeless look, resembling cannonballs, yet in a very modern way. They can be uniform in size, or they can vary depending on the appearance you want.

Classic or modern, and built to last a lifetime, gas logs and Alterna gas sets are made with superior materials, in an everlasting form.


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