I can't move my fireplace fake logs!

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Old 07-04-20, 08:52 AM
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I can't move my fireplace fake logs!

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I'm trying to clean my pilot orifice assembly because it's burning a large orange flame instead of a small blue one these days, so I shut it off. But to get to the pilot assembly, I have to remove a couple of the fake logs and all the videos on youtube show it's just a matter of picking them up and moving them off to the side.

However, when I tried removing mine it turns out they are some how fixed to the rack or each other, it looks like there's a couple holes in each log so you think there's a screw or something holding them in place? I don't see anything in the holes though unless soot or dust covered them up. Can someone give me a clue on how to remove the fake logs or can I just break them off safely? TIA
 
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Old 07-04-20, 08:59 AM
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Locate the ID tag. Post the model number of the unit.
 
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Old 07-04-20, 09:10 AM
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It's from Heatilator Inc. Model No. GNDC36

I do see from the manual the logs have to be in a set position, but how do I get them out of the way?
 
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Old 07-04-20, 09:28 AM
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"Documents by category:" and then "fireplace install manuals" look up your model number and download the manual. Heatilator manuals

From that manual.....



 
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Thank you so much! So I'll have to remove those pebbles or pellets that's on the tray or the log assembly? If I do so, will I have to put them back or can I live without them? I don't know if those little rocks and stuff serve a function other than to give a realistic look.

Finally, what's the best way to clean the pilot assemble? I researched said blow air in small orifices and carefully use a wire brush or steel wool or sandpaper on the thermocouple.

Thanks again, figured I do this in the summer while the fireplace is out of service.
 
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Old 07-04-20, 09:48 AM
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I don't recommend cleaning the thermocouple or thermopile.
Be sure to download that manual. A lot of maintenance is covered in it.

The pilot orifice is a brass fitting with a hole the size of a hair in it. The arrow is the approx area.
You may be required to disconnect the gas line there to expose the orifice.
It would be under the flame hood but most of them aren't removable.



There is another orifice and air mixing chamber in the main burner. That needs to be cleaned too.
 
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