Wood burning/gas plumbed fireplace issues

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Wood burning/gas plumbed fireplace issues

I lit the wood burning, gas fireplace today for the first time in my new house. To put it simply, I almost caught myself on fire.

There is a, I'm guessing 3/8" gas line plumbed into the fireplace. It uses a key to open the gas line. And, the gas line is all the way over in the back-left corner.

Is there anything that I could add that would only allow a small amount of gas out at a time and to be placed in the middle. Or is there some other method I'm not thinking of to light the wood logs on fire, without having to worry about burning down my house?

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That looks to be at least a 1/2" gas line. What do you do..... light it by that visible cap ?
There should be some type of burner attached to that pipe. It usually runs under the log grate.

That almost looks like a gas line that was capped off. Not quite sure how the gas is getting out.
 
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I took off the cap. The flame you see in the pic is coming straight from the gas pipe. I turned it off right after lighting because I really didn't think it was safe. I'm not sure if there is a burner. There doesn't appear to be one under the grate. Could you show me an example of what I would need?
 
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Yes..... you don't want to be lighting the end of the pipe.

Example of fire log burner
 
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What about this? Though, I see people talking about fire glass. Not really sure what that is. I'm assuming a different source to maintain the fire from spreading?

https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Fire-...2480623&sr=8-5
 
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Since you are burning wood...... you have a wood burning fireplace. What I linked to is used to start the fire..... not keep it going. That's called a log starter/burner.

You linked to a burner that would run under ceramic fire logs. One big difference is where the holes in the burner are located. The burner you linked to has holes in the top that would quickly plug with ashes if used with real wood.
 
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I'm fine with burning ceramic logs. I would actually prefer it, so there isn't an ashy mess everywhere.

Would it be fine to run what I linked with ceramic logs? Is the glass really needed?
 
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Any one know about this?

Would it be fine to run what I linked with ceramic logs? Is the glass really needed?
 
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Sorry..... I can't answer that. Fireplaces and accessories are tested for certain applications. You are basically rebuilding a wood burning fireplace using ceramic logs.

When connecting a burner like that to a gas line..... there are no safeties. No pilot light. No system to shut the gas off in case of flameout.
 
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Is there a kit you would recommend then to make it safe? I just really don't want to deal with the wood.
 
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I've installed an airtight gas stove insert in my fire place. It's fantastic but pricey. It has a blower in it that comes on automatically. The unit can heat the entire upper floor of the house. It will run without power in case of power failure.
 
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I thought that is what the damper is for? So if the flame goes out, the gas goes up the chimney? I don't need this for actual heat. It will be used for a cosmetic effect. Occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.

Any recommendations to add to that kit or another kit that would work better?
 
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