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How To Clean a Gas Fireplace?

Gas fireplaces give all the warmth and coziness of a wood burning fireplace with none of the mess. Even though they are low maintenance they still need to be checked to see if the gas line is clogged and the log, burner and inside of the fireplace need to be cleaned. This should be done at least once a year before each burning season. Look at the user’s manual that comes with your model before you begin. There may be precautions you need to take before you start the cleaning process.

The first thing you should do before cleaning your gas fireplace is to turn off the gas at the main gas valve. The valve will be attached to the riser pipe which runs from the ground to the gas meter. The pilot light and electrical igniter should also be turned off.

If the glass doors can be removed by a clip or crank then remove them and clean them with regular window spray and a paper towel. A 50% vinegar and water solution is also a good glass cleaner. If the glass is welded to the frame then don’t try to remove it, but call a professional. If it is possible to do, the user’s manual should also tell you how to remove the glass doors.

The logs, coal or stones and the burner can then gently be taken out. They are usually fragile and need to be handled with care. Brush or wipe them with a soft cloth to remove dust and debris. If the log was not designed to be removed, you can clean it in place with some warm soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge. If the log is encrusted with grime, the vinegar solution can be used and there are also commercial gas log cleaners.

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Vacuum the fireplace being careful to remove any insects or spider webs. Use the hose attachment to get the dirt and dust from the cracks and crevices.

Look at the vents to make sure they are not blocked with sticks or nests. In most cases you will be able to remove any obstructions.

Wipe the gas nozzle with the soft cloth to make sure it is not blocked with any residue. If any dirt gets into the gas line the pilot light will go out and fire will not stay lit. Make sure there are not any cracks or damage to the gas connection. If there is any damage it is better to have it checked by a professional technician.

If your gas line is clogged with dirt it is better to call a professional HVAC person to clean it because working with gas lines needs technical training. If there is any mistake or the line is not properly cleaned there is the possibility of leaking gas, explosion, fire and incomplete combustion where a large amount of carbon dioxide is being produced.

Reassemble your fireplace and turn on the gas. Light the flames and make sure they are burning cleanly and evenly and that there isn’t the smell of gas. They should be blue at the bottom with yellow tips. Now you can relax and enjoy another season of the warmth and attractiveness of an open fire.

Kelly

Kelly Sperber has been a professional writer for 5 years. She joined TheHousingForum Team in January, 2011. Kelly enjoys skydiving, attending fashion shows, and gardening in her spare time.



  • Happy man

    really nice

  • David Thompson

    Cleaning of gas fireplace is not so hard but it has few steps which should we follow. I am a professional member of gas fireplace inserts Seattle and I have more opinion about it which is not given here. We must check manufacturer’s instructions to clean it. Remove the logs from inside the gas fireplace being very careful not to damage the logs and lay them to the side and remove the burner very carefully. After that use of a vacuum cleaner to clean debris, dist inside the fire place. We can use soft towel to clean burner and logs. These are important at the time of fireplace cleaning.

  • PennyV

    David, thank you for sharing your expertise with us. We would love to hear more about some of your experiences as a professional member of gas fireplace inserts. I am sure you’ve had some very interesting experiences while cleaning fireplaces. However, the instructions you mentioned were exactly the same instructions that Kelly gave in this article. You said, “We must check manufacturer’s instructions to clean it. Kelly said, “Look at the user’s manual that comes with your model before you begin.”

    You then stated, “Remove the logs from inside the gas fireplace being very careful not to damage the logs and lay them to the side and remove the burner very carefully. We can use soft towel to clean burner and logs.” ” Kelly said, “The logs, coal or stones and the burner can then gently be taken out. They are usually fragile and need to be handled with care. Brush or wipe them with a soft cloth to remove dust and debris. If the log was not designed to be removed, you can clean it in place with some warm soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge. If the log is encrusted with grime, the vinegar solution can be used and there are also commercial gas log cleaners.”

    You also stated, “After that use of a vacuum cleaner to clean debris, dist inside the fire place.”
    Kelly said, ” Vacuum the fireplace being careful to remove any insects or spider webs. Use the hose attachment to get the dirt and dust from the cracks and crevices.”

    So please tell us what opinions and advice it was that you wished to share with our readers that has not already been given here.

  • PennyV

    Glad you enjoyed the article, Happy man! Hope you find many more articles and forum threads here on THF that pique your interest.

  • Pam

    Our gas fireplace has sand, some rocks and an insulation-like material in the floor. The sand and gravel I understand, but are the tufts of fluff necessary? Can they be pulled out and discarded?
    We bought this house a year ago and had not had a gas log fireplace previously. Wood burning I understand. I didn’t know there needed to be debris in the floor of a gas fireplace.