Many of us own a gas log fireplace that has been used heavily during November through January. The gas fireplaces provide warmth and wonderful ambience during our family winter holiday season. However, before you light a mood-setting fire during Valentine’s Day it may be very important to have a professional inspect and or repair the device before lighting your next fire.
The gas logs will probably begin to have a black soot-like build up occur over heavy use. When was the last time you had your gas log fireplace inspected by a professional? It is always best to call an expert or check your manufacturer’s instruction guides if you are not completely sure of your fireplace unit’s safety. There are three basic types of gas log fireplaces: natural vent, direct vent, and ventless.
Gas log units in the local Atlanta, Georgia area can provide a great look of natural wood and heat with less mess and maintenance. I love the ability to quickly turn on or off my gas fireplace and not have to clean up the ashes before the next fire!
A vented gas log fireplace can produce a lot of heat for your house, but it also requires a working chimney. You must be sure the fireplace damper is in good working order and open during use. The damper should operate smoothly and close fully. If the chimney gets clogged by birds or squirrels and does not draw well, dangerous carbon monoxide may enter the living area. Be sure to also have the chimney top inspected, especially if it is metal. The metal chimney hoods will rust over time and the repair/replacement costs should be budgeted based on your fireplace usage. The ventless gas fireplaces have more efficient burners that produce less carbon monoxide and they have oxygen depletion sensors. A great suggestion for any gas log fireplace is to be sure to have smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms in your home. These battery operated and/or hard-wired devices can save lives. Keep your family safe!
It is a good idea to have vented gas logs, gas connection, valves and pipes inspected occasionally by a professional. If your gas logs collect heavy soot, you may want to consider using a soot remover spray, no wiping required. Be careful to read application instructions of any soot remover spray, many are not for use with white logs or ceramic fiber logs. Be sure to read manufacture warning labels when using chemical cleaner sprays.
Cleaning a gas log fireplace:
- Before you begin cleaning your gas fireplace, you must first make sure you turn the gas valve to the “off” position.
- Be sure all components are cool before you begin cleaning
- Take a photo of the position of your gas logs. The logs are designed in a certain way to produce the best results
- Remove the gas logs and take them outside for cleaning. Check for things like cracking, splitting, or burn holes — before returning them to the fireplace for use again.
- Brush the logs clean. Be careful not to damage the fragile logs
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment for spider webs and other dust bunnies
- Follow all care instructions in the owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual will provide you with detailed instructions on how to clean and care for your gas fireplace.
Do you have questions about Gas Logs?
Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about gas logs below.