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.