How to Clean a Propane Fireplace

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Propane fireplaces burn cleaner than any other type of fueled fireplace. Since propane burns so clean, it doesn't leave a sooty or black buildup in the flue or on the walls of the fireplace. Normally, the only cleaning that is required is done by your local gas or electric company’s representatives. Homeowners are not advised to dismantle or clean propane fireplaces without proper instruction and prior education.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife
  • Broom
  • Vacuum cleaner with detachable hose
  • All-purpose sponge
  • Clean towel

Open the doors to your propane fireplace and put out the pilot light. Using the putty knife, scrape any buildup or residual soot that may be caked on the walls of the fireplace. If possible, pick up and move the burners slightly to remove any soot buildup from the burners and grates.

Reach up into the flue area with a broom and release any buildup of dirt or soot that is caked or dried on the walls. This helps to keep soot fires at a minimum and makes for a nicer smelling fireplace without the smell of burning residual soot.

Use the putty knife to scrape away any soot or dirt and grime located on the grates of the floor of the fireplace, as well as corners and any metal surface you can get to.

Vacuum out the entire fireplace area to ensure that no residual pieces of dirt or sooty buildup are left on the floor or on the burners, as this can cause black smoke when you relight the pilot. Dip the sponge into a bowl of water and wring it out. Use it to damp-wipe all surfaces to remove the greasy residue left by propane.

Wipe down all areas with a towel and remove any remaining residual soot. This dries the area and allows you to see any places where residue is left that should be cleaned again in the same manner as above.

Tips & Warnings

  • Propane is a dangerous gas when not used properly. A certified technician should be employed to clean and service your propane fireplace, as it is unsafe to handle propane if you do not know how.

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