- Custom Burner Choices
- Grate Burner Control Combinations
- Venting Issues
- Ratings / Reviews
Four Generations of Rasmussen family members have proudly designed and produced innovative products in Whittier, California.
It was 1907 when Rasmus Rasmussen, a Danish immigrant, opened his blacksmith shop on Philadelphia St. in Whittier, CA. In addition to more traditional blacksmith services, Rasmus quickly developed a sideline business making fancy fireplace tools and screens.
Through the decades the business evolved and changed, Rasmussen Iron Works made everything from truck body parts, to steel buildings, to welding rod handles used to build ships for WWII. After the war, Rasmus son, Ted Sr., opened a fireplace retail store in front of the manufacturing shop. Among the items he carried were gas logs.
It would be Ted Sr.s son T.R. that would make a breakthrough in gas logs in 1958. After seeing a plumber trying to bubble natural gas through water to create a dancing flame effect for a restaurants waiting area, T.R. developed the sand pan burner, which is still sold today and still provides the most realistic wood flame available in a gas log set.
When he couldnt find a manufacturer to make logs for him, T.R. developed his own molding technique, using real wood logs as patterns and capable of reproducing the smallest bark detail in the finest refractory materials available. Over the years, T.R. would create many styles of log sets, including oak, split, char, birch, manzanita, driftwood stumps, eucalyptus, and pine cones, as well as geometric shapes.
There is now a fourth generation of Rasmussen working out of the facilities on Philadelphia Street. T.R. and his son, Rett, have continued with innovations including the Chillbuster line of gas log heaters, ALTERNA Contemporary Gas Fires (FireBalls, FireShapes and FireStones) and the Solaire Infrared Grills.
Through all the changes over the years, craftsmanship, value, and industry leadership have been the constants at Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.
Eight Burner Choices
Rasmussen makes several styles of burner that offer different flame patterns and installation options, allowing you to create the perfect look for your home. Some burners may not be available with some log sets.
Grates are 5/8" where the teeth are welded on the diamond as opposed to industry-standard 1/2" flat-welded grates. Burner pan assemblies are made of 16 ga. cold-rolled steel and the burner tubes are made of schedule-40 pipe, not light duty tubing. All seams are welded for gas-tight integrity. Both ends of the burner pipe are threaded, both inside and outside, for maximum installation flexibility.
A flexible non-whistling stainless steel connector tube is supplied with each burner. It is unique in the industry; having a varying pattern on it and it is painted black for inconspicuousness in the fireplace. The varying pattern prevents any whistling sound. The burner tubes are pipe, not thin tubing, and they are threaded on both ends, both inside and outside, to allow maximum installation flexibility.
Grate / Burner / Control Combinations
"Easy" Safety Pilot Lighting Controls
The "Easy" system uses a common valve that offers many control options and the ability to upgrade functionality at any time (no need to replace the whole system). Controls provide convenient lighting as well as safety shut down in the event of an interruption in the gas supply or a flameout. Good for 48" and smaller sets.
Manual Control (SPK3E)
Light burner and adjust flame height by turning knob.
Switch/Remote Ready Control (RPK3E)
Light burner with receiver switch or one of the five wireless transmitter devices offered. Adjust flame by turning knob.
Variable Flame Heat Remote Control (RMC1E)
Millivolt Safety Pilot Lighting Controls
On/Off control with switch or remote lighting. Adjust flame height by turning knob.
Electronic Ignition/Pilot on Demand Controls
Pilot lights with each use by automatic spark. Pilot shuts down when burner is turned off.
All vented pan burners will produce soot, therefore a vented gas log set does not correct a "smoking fireplace" (one in which smoke and soot enter the living space). The most tell-tale sign of a smoking fireplace is a blackened fireplace face immediately above the fireplace opening.
There are only two places for the soot and other products of combustion to go: (1) up the chimney, or (2) into the room. The gas log set does not influence where it will go Potential reasons for soot going into the room include:
- Damper not open or not open far enough.
- Too small of a flue.
- Too large of a fireplace opening in comparison to the flue opening (1/10 rule. For masonry chimneys, most codes require that the area of the flue be no less than 1/10 of the area of the fireplace opening. Metal chimneys can exhaust well with smaller flue size.).
- Obstruction in the chimney. Bird nest, creosote build-up, etc.
- Negative room pressure created by kitchen exhaust fans, ceiling fans, etc.
- Log set installed too close to the opening. The combustion products are spilling out of the opening into the room.
- Air flows outside the house that do not promote proper draft. May require lengthening the chimney stack or the installation of a chimney cap.
- Chronic "smoking fireplace". Fireplace design related.
- Chimney "cold block" that inhibits air flow up the chimney.
Use of the gas log set (or wood burning, for that matter) should cease until the source is identified and corrected. Failure to do so may result in harm to life and property. If unable to correct the smoking condition, the only gas log set that can be safely used is a vent-free gas log set (such as the Rasmussen Chillbuster series), which are certified to ANSI Z21.11.2, the national unvented heater standard. This standard is the most restrictive of all gas appliance standards. This standard does not permit sooting and allows the lowest level of carbon monoxide of all gas appliances.
In general, for vented sets with a safety pilot control, you should select the next smallest size. For example, if the rear width is 24" and you wish to use a safety control, rather than a 24" set you should select a 20" or 21" set.
Rasmussen Vented Gas Logs are for use in fireplaces in which it is safe to burn wood. The flue size (chimney opening) must be sufficient to exhaust all of the products of combustion (soot, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and water vapor are the primary products) up the chimney. If not, or if other conditions exist that prevent full venting, these combustion products will enter the room, which can be harmful to health and property. A vented gas log set is not a cure for a "smoking chimney".
Chillbuster Vent-free gas log heaters are for use in fireplaces which have approved ventless enclosures made by leading factory-built fireplace manufacturers, or in which it is safe to burn wood (damper may be closed or partially opened). They are certified to the most strict of all gas appliance standards, which dictates their design must produce no soot and only very low levels of carbon monoxide. Fresh air is needed for proper combustion and enjoyment.
Rasmussen nominal log set sizes are based on the approximate length of the front log (or combined length of two-piece front logs) of the set. These measurements should be taken from the fireplace floor, inside the hearth or lip of the fireplace, and behind any wire screens or railing that may be permanently attached to the fireplace. In deeper fireplaces, front width measurements can be taken 6" to 8" from the front, allowing better centering below the flue of the fireplace.
Another consideration is the location of the gas supply line. In most fireplaces the gas supply enters from the side wall. Entering from the floor can be problematic if in the center of the fireplace. If this is so, the CS burner on legs (2.25" clearance underneath the pan) and LC burner (due to the open space underneath the rear burner) may be the only viable burner options.