Should gas fireplace doors be open or closed?

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Glass doors should be fully open when starting a fire and when the fire is burning strongly. The glass doors should be closed as the fire dies down to minimize the amount of room air going up the fireplace chimney. When burning gas logs in a wood burning fireplace, the glass doors should always be fully open.

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Hereof, should glass doors be open on gas fireplace?

Gas fireplaces aren't a solution for a problem chimney. You can reduce drafts and heat loss by installing glass doors in front of the gas fireplace, but the doors must remain open while the fire is burning.

Beside above, does damper need to be open for gas fireplace? The damper in a gas fireplace should remain open all the time. The glass between the firebox and your home prevents cold or heat from coming down the chimney and by leaving the damper open at all times, you eliminate the risk of having gas build up or backdraft into your home.

In this manner, can I close the doors on my gas fireplace?

Can the glass doors on my fireplace be closed when my gas logs are burning? No. You must leave the doors open when you are operating RealWood Elite gas logs to avoid damaging the controls.

Why does my fire go out when I close the door?

This can occur due to several factors: The fire was not burning hot enough to produce the draft needed to pull the air into the fireplace. Feed more dry wood kindling before closing down the stove. Open the air shutter all the way to get the fire burning briskly before shutting it down.

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Can you keep glass doors closed on gas fireplace?

The doors should always be fully open or fully closed. The glass doors should be closed as the fire dies down to minimize the amount of room air going up the fireplace chimney. When burning gas logs in a wood-burning fireplace, the glass doors should always be fully open when the gas logs are burning.

What is the purpose of glass doors on a fireplace?

Glass doors on a fireplace reduce hazards associated with burning logs in an open hearth. The doors serve as protective barriers that prevent embers and sparks from escaping the fireplace and injuring someone or causing a flammable object to catch fire.

Does a fireplace need glass doors?

Without direct combustion air into the firebox area, glass doors need to be in the open position during your fire. Burning with the doors closed makes for a smokier fire, a dirty chimney and more air pollution. It needs lots of air for draft and combustion.

How do I know if my gas fireplace is vented?


How to Tell If Your Gas Logs Are Vent-Free
  1. Inspect the logs. All vent-free logs are firmly attached to a U-shaped burner and cannot be moved.
  2. Follow the gas line from beneath the logs to where it disappears in the wall or floor. If the gas is merely contained by a simple gas line, then the logs are vent free.
  3. Turn on the fireplace.

Is a gas fireplace worth it?

Is a gas fireplace worth it? Yes! Gas fireplace benefits are incredibly attractive and convenient; especially for a busy family like yours. You'll get instant heat, pinpoint control, terrific safety and other things which a wood burning fireplace simply can't deliver.

How often should a gas fireplace be serviced?

The initial and foremost guideline of any gas fireplace system is to have it inspected every year. With professional chimney companies, you can usually have your annual chimney cleaning and gas inspection scheduled at the same time. Matter of fact, your whole system should be inspected annually, top to bottom.

What color should flame be in propane fireplace?

Flame Color Temperature Chart
Gas Flame Color Temperature Chart
LPG (Propane) Blue Flame 1,980°C
Natural Gas (Methane Gas) Blue Flame 1,960°C
LPG or Natural Gas Yellow or Red Flames 1,000 °C
Temperatures are approximate. Blue flame temperatures assume complete combustion.

What is the difference between ceramic glass and tempered glass?

Tempered glass is made using a heat process (or in some cases a chemical process) that creates tension and compression in the glass. Ceramic glass is most commonly used with wood, coal and pellet stoves because ceramic glass can withstand continuous temperatures exceeding 1,000 F.

Is it safe to keep pilot light on gas fireplace?


Leaving the gas on keeps this compound moving out of the tubes. Keeping the pilot light on will also keep moisture out of the unit and in turn, help prevent corrosion. As you can see, it's probably best in most cases to extinguish the pilot light in your gas fireplace during the months when you don't need heat.

Do you need to open a window when using a gas fireplace?

Open a window slightly while the gas logs are burning to let fresh air enter the room. For best air quality, the gas fireplace unit you install should be approved for the size of the room it will be used in.

Can a gas fireplace overheat?

In a small room, a fireplace with a high output rating could be overpowering and cause overheating and discomfort, rather than cosiness. It will also consume more fuel than necessary to heat the room. A common problem is over- sizing the fireplace for the application.

Do fireplace glass doors keep heat?

Does keeping fireplace glass doors closed heat the room radiantly (as opposed to directly)” No - tempered glass is not meant to radiate heat. If you want a radiant heat source in your fireplace you need to investigate direct vent fireplaces. With the doors shut all that hot air goes right up the chimney.

Can you use a gas fireplace without the glass?

Because removal of the glass is totally dependent on the specific unit installed, we cannot recommend that the glass be removed unless the specific model of unit denotes that it can be removed and the fireplace will still operate safely.

What is a gas log?


Gas logs offer all the ambience and warmth of a real, wood-burning fire without the mess and maintenance. Although they look like real wood, gas logs are usually made of ceramic, which enables them to withstand high temperatures.

What kind of fireplace do I have?

Each fireplace and insert has a rating plate which contains your model number and serial number. Gas and wood burning fireplaces have a rating plate in the control compartment area, under the smoke shield or on the firebox side column.

Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas fireplace?

Yes, gas fireplaces are one potential cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. An improperly maintained or ventilated gas fireplace, however, can result in incomplete combustion, creating carbon monoxide, and causing this toxic gas to linger—putting those inside at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.