Soot on gas fireplace logs

Old 02-18-17, 08:03 AM
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Soot on gas fireplace logs

Due to too old of posts on this subject was unable to add there. We just had ours repaired by a older gentleman who works for a gas company. He said the pilot light should stay lighted in the winter. When you turn them on & off there is sweating during the cooling off process causing buildup inside the tube/lighter. As others previously said, there should not be any soot if the logs are burning correctly. We thought we might have to get new logs but he cleaned ours & the cost was $40.00! Much cheaper than new logs. I bet some businesses install new & offer to dispose of yours but clean them out & resell! It pays to ask/check around before disposing of something broken. Often, it can be fixed.
Old 02-18-17, 08:26 AM
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Since this is a help forum where people come for specialized help and information we try to keep each members problem in it's own thread. Not always possible. So best to start a new thread.

Thanks for the information

Yes... the pilot should always be lit in the winter. Is that what you meant to say ?
Some feel the pilot should not run in the summer.

If you have a regular fireplace with the damper.... then condensation will be a problem as well as a waste of energy as your heat goes up the chimney.

I had the same exact setup here. Several years ago I installed a sealed gas insert in the fireplace. It puts out an incredible amount of heat and since it has a sealed front... no heat loss.
Old 02-18-17, 09:36 AM
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Most gas logs are set to where there is no flame touching any log component. The flames themselves go between the logs. They are designed that way to prevent sooting, but if the logs aren't placed properly you will have soot due to a premature cooling of the gas flame on the logs. Glad you were able to salvage your logs.

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