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Gas Fireplace Maintenance Tips

#1 Read your fireplace manual

The manual that came with your gas fireplace, stove or insert is unique. It contains information about how to operate your gas unit and it outlines what you need to do to keep it performing safely and reliably. Knowing what your responsibilities are now could help you save time and money in the future. If you’re not sure where your gas fireplace manual is, visit your fireplace manufacturer online and download a copy. If you’re not sure how to complete one of the maintenance tasks listed in your fireplace manual, check out these helpful fireplace care videos.

#2 Annual Inspection & Cleaning

Gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts are famous for being low maintenance, but even gas units should be inspected annually by a licensed gas professional. Licensed gas inspectors are trained to identify issues like venting cracks or obstructions, corrosion and firebox damage, all of which can ignite an unwanted fire. A licensed gas inspector will check and clean all the components of your gas fireplace, including your venting and the glass window on your fireplace. The cost of your annual gas fireplace inspection will be relative to the type and condition of your gas fireplace, and how your unit is vented. Annual gas fireplace inspections and cleaning usually cost less than wood fireplaces because gas fireplaces don’t produce excess soot or creosote. To avoid irregular operation and potential issues in-season, get your gas fireplace inspected and cleaned prior to each fireplace season, and make sure you purchase a fireplace from a manufacturer that values quality.

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#3 Keep Flammable Materials Away

The Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA) recommends keeping any potentially flammable and combustible materials like dog toys, children’s dolls, fabrics, paper etc. at least 3 feet away from fireplaces. A fireplace safety screen or glass safety barrier is a great way to help keep children and pets safe, which is why Regency includes them on all gas units.

#4 Check Your Detectors

When was the last time you checked the operation of your smoke detector and your carbon monoxide detector? It’s important to test the functionality of each sensor and, if applicable, install fresh batteries each year.  Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so it’s a good idea to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which may include dizziness, weakness, confusion, blurred vision, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and loss of consciousness. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get to fresh air and call 911 immediately. The best way to avoid accidental fire and carbon monoxide poisoning is to have your quality crafted gas fireplace installed and inspected by a licensed gas contractor, and to operate your gas fireplace in accordance with your fireplace manual.

#5 Install Fresh Batteries Into Your Gas Fireplace Receiver & Remote Control 

It’s a good idea to change the batteries in your gas fireplace receiver at the same time you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each year. A gas fireplace receiver is a battery powered backup power supply that can light your gas fireplace in the event of a power outage. Choose a gas fireplace or gas insert that has a receiver to ensure your home can stay warm and ambient during storm season. If your fireplace can be operated via remote control, remember to install fresh batteries into your remote as well!

Originally published by Regency Fireplace Products, October 30, 2017

Fireplace Fuel Options

Learn more about different fuel types—and make the best choice for you.

Gas

  • Benefits: Convenience. Quickly turn the fire on or off, adjust flame height and fire intensity.
  • Fire Characteristics: Gas fires are consistent and controllable by design. You choose the fire’s intensity.
  • Fire Starting: Flip a switch or grab your remote. It’s that easy.
  • Type of Heat: Enjoy a steady mix of radiant and convective heat.
  • Fuel Storage & Handling: Fed through a pipeline or delivered to your home and stored in an outside tank.

Electric

  • Benefits: Extremely reliable heat. No gas or wood to purchase. No venting required. Install almost anywhere.
  • Fire Characteristics: A unique, hypnotic glow with no actual flames.
  • Fire Starting: Use an outlet or have the unit hardwired. Then, simply flip a switch or grab your remote.
  • Type of Heat: Electric fireplaces produce radiant heat—and you completely control the heat output.
  • Fuel Storage & Handling: Electric fireplaces are extremely hassle-free and don’t require any fuel storage.

Wood

  • Benefits: Natural and available. Wood can supplement furnace usage and drive heating costs down.
  • Fire Starting: Manual – paper, kindling, and fire-starting logs are effective.
  • Type of Heat: Adding more fuel will immediately increase convective heat. Radiant heat will remain strong and steady.
  • Fuel Storage & Handling: Dry storage is important. A cord of wood is stacked 4’x4’x8′.

Pellet

  • Benefits: Clean-burning and consistent. Pellets are affordable, available and renewable.
  • Fire Characteristics: Active and robust. A small fire can burn an inch high, while a powerful 10-inch blaze is bright and intense.
  • Fire Starting: Automatic thermostats and temperature controls do the work for you—just keep your hopper filled.
  • Type of Heat: Most of the heat is convectional—blown through a heat exchanger and out into the home.
  • Fuel Storage & Handling: Pellets are normally available in 40 lb. bags. A 1,500 sq. ft. home will use 2-4 tons per season, on average.

Fireplace Safety

Safety Tips When Operating Your Appliance

Child By FireTo minimize the chance of burns from hot glass, follow these safety tips:

  • Always supervise children, the aged, infirm or pets near an operating gas fireplace, stove or insert – or one that has recently been turned off.
  • Keep the remote control (if available) out of the reach of children. Install a switch lock to prevent children from turning on the appliance.
  • Make sure family members and guests are aware that the glass panel of a gas fireplace, stove or insert can be very hot.
  • Wait for the appliance and glass panel to cool down before allowing anyone to get near it. Cool down can take a long time – an hour or more. Some appliances turn on and off automatically with a thermostat, so you may not know when the fire turned off. Always consider the glass as potentially hot.
  • Be aware that metal surfaces, such as door frames and grilles, may also get hot.
  • Always read the owner’s manual and follow instructions. For example, there may be ways to disable your remote when not in use.

(Courtesy of HBPA “Safety Tips When Operating Your Appliance”)