Old gas fireplace wondering what this lever is for


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Old 11-30-12, 01:40 PM
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Old gas fireplace wondering what this lever is for

This is a gas fireplace. There's a lever for the flue above.. but on the right side there's another lever.. I don't know what it's for??

In the picture, at spot 1 is the lever for the flue (if I look inside, I can see it closes/opens the chimney).. at spot 2 is the lever I don't know what's for.. it moves up and down, but I looked up the chimney and everywhere and don't know what it does.. any ideas?


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Old 11-30-12, 01:45 PM
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I really should have googled this..

From another website, it turns out this is to vent the fireplace:
What is this Lever on my fireplace?

I'm not sure if I should put the lever up or down though, as I only use it as gas fireplace and never burn wood here.
 
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Unless there is a fresh air intake inside on the floor of the fireplace.

If not....then yes.....you need to open that bottom vent whenever the fireplace is on.

Even for a gas log......you need to supply fresh combustion air.

There is probably some intake leakage around the doors.....but may not be enough.

Of coarse......you will be drawing in air that you have already paid to heat.

Just one of the pitfalls of an open fireplace.



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The ones I've seen they connect a 4" flexible aluminum pipe to the outer jacket of the fireplace unit, then it connects to what looks like a dryer vent outside to let fresh air in. Go outside and see if there's a fresh air vent somewhere near where the fireplace is located.

The fresh air enters under the firebox and comes out through the small louvered openings in front of the firebox.
 
 

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