How to Maintain Gas Fireplaces

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For some homeowners, a gas fireplace might be a welcome change from traditional wood burning fireplaces. The key different is the fuel that creates and maintain the fire. With a gas fireplace, there is no need to load fresh wood for a fire. Pieces of artificial wood mimic this look while the actual fire is created by natural gas. While this does cut down a great deal on maintenance, that does not mean that gas fireplaces are maintenance-free.

Things You'll Need

  • Stiff brush
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Cloth
  • Flashlight
  • Turn the gas valve within your fireplace to the "off" position before doing anything. Wait for everything inside and around the fireplace to cool.

  • Use a stiff brush to clean dirt from the burner and control compartment of your gas fireplace.

  • Brush off the artificial wood with a soft paintbrush. Be gentle. It's easy to damage the artificial wood.

  • Clean up excess dirt you wiped away using the attachment of your vacuum cleaner.

  • Spray glass cleaner on any glass that's used to close off the gas fireplace. Wipe with a clean cloth.

  • Open the cap to the chimney and use a flashlight to look inside periodically. If you see any debris, such as leaves, pull them out to prevent an obstruction.

  • Have your fireplace inspected once a year by a professional who is certified to work with gas fireplaces. Water damage and holes will need to be repaired by a professional, and replacing the fireplace glass or artificial wood should also be done by a certified professional.

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