Soot removal from Gas Logs....


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Old 01-19-09, 04:03 PM
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Soot removal from Gas Logs....

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Does anyone have a recipe for a spray to remove soot from gas logs after each use? I currently use a spray product called "Gas Log Soot Remover," but quite frankly, I'm getting tired of paying $14 for 16 0z of what appears to be mainly water, plus some white vinegar, and maybe a touch of alcohol (I'm just guessing by the smell). I go through this bottle maybe once every two weeks, so I would love to get a recipe to make my own...can anyone help?

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Old 01-19-09, 05:59 PM
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Gas logs should not soot up! If they do you have a problem. I would be very concerned about carbon Monoxide. Call and have them looked at ASAP.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 06:49 PM
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Well, it may not be "soot" but it is the black film that is left on the logs after we have used them...when you spray this "soot remover" on them (while they are hot), it cleans them (when it hits the hot log it evaporates, and with it, the black stain).

It is quite natural, and to be expected. When we bought the logs, they told us to "clean them" after each use by using this spray....I'm just trying to "make" my own spray.

Anyone know the "formula?"
 
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Old 01-19-09, 08:00 PM
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Manufacturer, model? There should not be such sooting, as indicated. There is something wrong here.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 10:35 PM
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Okay, so I'm the only person in America who gets black residue on their gas logs when I use them? That can't be? Let me explain a little better. These are vented logs, so the flames actually come up through the logs, and in the places where the flames caress the logs continuously (and there are about four specific "spots" not entire logs or big patches), there are small black spots, which, when sprayed, evaporate immediately.

I know that we don't have a carbon monoxide problem, because we have a CO detector in the room which is fully operational. Is there something about natural gas in Birmingham, AL that would cause this?...maybe, but I don't think I have a problem...just a need to get a home-made recipe for the cleaner to squirt on these spots when I turn the gas off.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 11:33 PM
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"I go through this bottle maybe once every two weeks, so I would love to get a recipe to make my own...can anyone help?" There are other issues afoot here that cause cleaning issues on such a frequent basis.

Most manufacucturers recommend annual maintenance by hearth professional. Improper draft due to improper or lack of chimney cap installation can increase draw and reduce drafting and chimney and log soot. How long since your chimney has been cleaned and gas logs serviced?

If flame burns yellow, it tends to produce soot. If you use a blower, don't. Blue flame produces more flame and less heat.

What you refuse to understand is that the need to clean soot every two weeks tends to be indicative of a problem.

Soot on logs tends to indicate improper air/fuel mixture. Improper combustion. Have you blown out spider webs in system? Are logs in manufacturer's recommended position?

You do not indicate what type of gas logs you have. Ventless can present sooting problems. The frequency that you present sooting problems indicates a problem.

Please consult with hearth specialist and have the unit serviced on an annual basis as indicated by manufacturer. Sooting is a sign of improper functioning of the unit, carbon monoxide and detector or not.

Unit may be defective. Sometimes replacement is the answer. Logs should be properly sized to firebox. Check owner's manual or contact manfacturer for proper installation. If there are glass doors, it is important to leave open during installation and operation.

Sooting is a result of impingement caused by incomplete combustion, i.e. flames coming in contact with a surface, cooling the flame, and preventing combustion.

To clean and maintain logs, it is best to follow maufacturer's instructions. Most tend to recommend to remove the logs carefully from the fireplace in a box, take them outside and use a soft brush or vacuum to clean them. Make sure that you put the logs back in the original arrangement.

You say, "I don't think I have a problem...just a need to get a home-made recipe for the cleaner to squirt on these spots when I turn the gas off." You need to open your mind that there is something else afoot here that is causing such frequent sooting. Have the unit serviced.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 11:47 PM
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I would say there is a problem as well. I have run into these ventless types and one was so old it was discontinued and it had no sooting problems. I really never liked the ventless...the fumes have to be going back into the home. Even if its at a low level.
 
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Old 12-15-10, 03:48 AM
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Did you ever get that recipe to make that soot remover? We also have gas logs & I have a lot of soot outside of the
fireplace & up towards the mantel. I hear I should try & dry clean as much as I can to prevent staining, but how do you dry clean the brick on the outside of the fireplace. Would this also work inside my fireplace & on the logs as well?
 
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Soot removal

I cleaned the soot from the bricks of my daughters. Fireplace with simple green and a brush. They were a white color and turned out nice. Also they do make a cleaner that you can get at Lowes or H Depot for this. But what in did worked fine and not smelly. I just put old towels down to catch water from scrubbing.
As far as gas logs I was told by my gas fireplace guy that if air is not able to circulate around logs because they are over packed or set in there improperly it can cause soot build up. So they must be placed or stacked in a so calmly airy way. Too many logs or to tight together may be a problem.
Of coarse I due recommend the fireplace being checked by a professional. I never heard of having to clean logs that often. Or maybe it the spray you are using.
I could be wrong for cleaning. I've only heard of brushing them.
Good luck!
 
 

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