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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Soot on Gas Logs
The modern world had seen changes in traditional fireplaces. The old sooty, wood fireplaces have evolved into propane, natural gas and even electric powered fireplaces for a cleaner burn. Even the kindles and the wood used were not forgotten in these upgrades.
Soot on Gas Logs
Since LP and gas fireplaces tend to burn without the need of any kind of firewood, the empty fireplace would look rather bland and gloomy. The roaring and crackling firewood is what a fireplace is all about. The absence of these robs the fireplace of its character. However, there are noncombustible gas logs available just for that purpose. Noncombustible gas logs replaces the traditional natural wood. These gas logs are made either from heat resistant ceramic or refractory cement mixture.

Ideally, these gas logs are not supposed to accumulate large quantity of soot. Depending on the model or the manufacturers of the burner, these gas logs have a distinct stacking method to prevent soot. When these logs are set properly the flames would just frolic around the gas logs, yet never touches the actual logs. Sooting happens when there is an incomplete combustion of natural gas. If the log set placement is improper, the flame would touch the logs, cooling the flame in the process which results to an incomplete combustion of the fuel.

But how to stack gas fireplace logs?

There is no universal style in stacking these gas fireplace logs over a fireplace burner. Placement of the logs depends on the model and the manufacturer who makes the burner. As a general rule, one must follow the instructions provided in the manufacturer's manual. Usually, the manual provides a numbered illustration on how to stack the gas logs. There are some models that have holes on the logs which matches on specific pins located on the burner.

Although there are different methods for gas fireplace log placement, it is also important to remember that there must be adequate spacing between the logs. Proper ventilation is also necessary. A well ventilated stacking style, allows more opening for the flames which in turn lessens the instances of the flames touching the gas logs.

Aside from those mentioned above, owners of gas fire logs are advised for an annual cleaning and repositioning of the logs. It is strongly advisable for users to contact trained service technicians rather than doing it themselves. The slightest misalignment of the logs will cause the flames to touch the logs and creates soot buildup on the artificial logs or worse ones room. Aside from that log sets which does not completely combust gas runs the risk to produce carbon monoxide which is dangerous and potentially fatal.

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