July 30, 2014                
GAS FiresGas Coal Baskets   

A GAS COAL BASKET is the perfect answer for small fireplaces where gas logs can't fit. They are installed the same way, but use less gas, provide ceramic coals instead of logs, and offer a more decorative appeal for historic homes or homes with a period decor. When not burning, the decorative cast iron basket still looks great in your fireplace! A typical vented, natural gas log burner may consume 50,000 to 100,000 btu's of gas per hour because the burner is wider than our little coal burner, and the design is dependent upon a huge flame to "wow" you. Gas coal burners consume just 15,000 - 28,000 btu's of natural or LP gas.

A gas coal basket simulates a more subtle real coal fire; the coals actually glow as they're warmed, the flame pattern is less wide and the flame height is shorter, requiring much less gas to provide a realistic, appealing effect.

Gas coal baskets to fit very small fireplaces. We have wide variety of models that fit fireplaces with as little as 9-1/2" depth, or openings with as little as 16" wide. Click any model at right for size, pricing and complete details. With our gas coal burners, a tight fit in the fireplace is ok; as long as the basket fits in your opening you're fine - there's no need to allow for circulating air around the sides.

How They Work
The cast iron basket has no grate in the bottom. The gas coal burner is attached to the floor of the fireplace to secure it, then the basket is set in place over the burner. A removable ash cover provides access to the burner controls. By adding our optional remote control you won't even need to bend over and move the ash cover to operate it; turn your fire on/off  - and adjust the flame height - from anywhere in the room.

Got an even smaller fireplace, less than 7" deep?

We have an option for you, too! Use our Victor gas coal burner with a decorative "fret" to cover the front of our burner. You save space requirements by only needing enough depth for the burner to sit inside your fireplace, and the fret adds the decorative front adornment to finish off the look. We have a wide variety of frets, which is a decorative front that sits in front of the gas coal burner.

Save on Gas Costs!
A gas coal fire uses about 1/3 as much gas as gas logs!

  • VICTOR gas coal burner is a vented model that requires a functional fireplace with a lined chimney that is suitable for use with wood.
  • BTU input 15,000 to 28,000; flame is adjustable
  • Safety Approvals: CSA
  • Bottom mounted controls stay cool to the touch and are hidden by ash covers on frets or baskets.
  • Remote control included with the electronic ignition burner; turn your fire on and off from the comfort of your chair.
  • Can be used in combination  for several uses with our various fireplace products: 

This is a vented gas product. It MUST be installed into a functioning wood burning fireplace with a lined chimney. Minimum chimney size is 6" round. Your fireplace damper, if one exists, must be removed or permanently clamped open upon installation. If your chimney is damaged, unlined or doesn't already draft and vent properly when you burn wood in it, it is essential that the chimney performance and safety be upgraded prior to using any open burning vented gas product in your fireplace!

Keep in mind that an open burning fireplace is the least efficient of all your choices. With the permanently open damper and large fireplace opening, an open fireplace uses conditioned (preheated) room air to provide combustion to the fire, and the chimney sucks away the heat produced by the fire, often at a faster rate than it can be recovered for usable heat in the home. Therefore, most open burning fireplaces (no matter the fuel -  wood, coal or gas) are 10% to minus 10% efficient - you're often sending more heat up the chimney than you're gaining in the room! We want to make sure that you're getting what you want in your fireplace. Gas coal baskets are not designed for efficiency, but only for their absolute beauty, gas fire convenience and historic appeal.

This gas burner is approved by CSA and Massuchusetts (#G3-0506-326).

NOT CONCERNED WITH EFFICIENCY? That's ok, we just want you to know that while a gas coal basket will charm you with its looks, it won't usually make your room toasty warm. Consider this product as an interactive decoration in your room; it's art that produces a fire.

WANT BEAUTY, HEAT AND EFFICIENCY? Take a look at our gas fireplace inserts. Still beautiful - our products are specially chosen for historic appeal and sizing to fit old fireplaces - yet they also offer much greater efficiency and heat output. Available in models to fit very tiny fireplaces. We have both open fronted models and models with glass windows. A gas fireplace insert may also be the best answer if your existing chimney is unlined, damaged or deteriorated.


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Prices include the cast iron basket, burner with ELECTRONIC IGNITION, ceramic coals and hand-held remote control

BTU input 15,000-28,000

ART NOUVEAU Gas Basket w/Fireback   CASTLE Gas Coal Basket
 Art Nouveau $1398
 Castle $1498
 DYNASTY Gas Coal Basket  FURLONG Gas Coal Basket
Dynasty $1298
Furlong $1428
 GEORGIAN Basket Grate with Gas Coals  LEGACY Gas Coal Grate
 Georgian $1298
 Legacy $1298
 QUEEN ANNE Gas Coal Basket  ROMAN Gas Coal Basket
 Queen Anne $1498
 Roman $1199

SPANISH Gas Coal Basket
VICTORIAN Basket with Gas Coals
DISCONTINUED  Victorian $1499
Victor Gas Burner, Electronic Ignition
Victor Gas Coal

Extra or Replacement
Ceramic Coals



The valve controls on gas logs are most often located on the side of the burner; not only does this create a wider overall appliance, additional air space - generally about 3 inches from the side wall of the fireplace - must be provided so the valve doesn't become overheated. Continuouly overheated valves will eventually fry, resulting in a costly replacement.  

Because the valve and controls are located BELOW the burner on gas coals, the appliance is much smaller in width, and no space for air circulation is required. By locating the valve and controls beneath the burner pan, adequate circulating air is provided to keep these components cool. Additionally, gas coals use much less gas than gas log burners do, reducing both the heat produced by the burner and the amount of gas being consumed.

Coal effect gas fires are partcularly well suited for smaller fireplaces in historic homes where the small fireplaces were originally designed to burn coal and the firebox depth is a challenge to fit. The Victor gas coal burner fits into fireplaces as small as 6" deep. 

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Watch the video below to see the VICTOR burner with a variety of FRETS

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We have installed our coal basket and 'love it'.  We no longer have to deal with cutting wood pieces small enough to fit into our historic coal burning fireplace.  The constant dust from burning wood is eliminated as well.  It will be so easy to light with just the flip of aswitch on Christmas Day and not having to watch the fireplace so the wood doesn't burn out while we are busy with entertaining.  Thank you.
-Ginny T.

After Tim installed my gascoal set, I no longer want to look at getting another log set. As I've got 5 more fireplaces to get "coaled", I know you'll be seeing me a lot. I'm so impressed with the beauty of the product you sold me. Wishing you guys a very, very happy new year.
Kindest Regards,

A follow up note to let you know we received the Presidential basket.  It arrived in fine condition, fits very nicely inside our firebox, and our burner fits snuggly inside the basket as you said it would... Your customer service has been great and I appreciate it.
Ed Z.



Standard shipping is 9% of your order total; minimum shipping is $9 per order. Addditional freight charges are added to heavy, oversized or fragile items; applicable freight charges are noted on your order. You may pick up any item from our store in Richmond, VA to save shipping & freight charges. Sales tax applies only to orders shipped within Virginia. 
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