Ceramic fireplace logs can last indefinitely with proper care. Simple preventive maintenance will preserve their longevity and performance. Once damage has occurred, there are several steps you can take to remedy the situation and restore your fireplace to the glowing centerpiece that once gilded your home or patio.
Things You'll Need
Wire scrub brush
Vacuum (preferably a Shop Vac)
Turn off the pilot light. Brush the logs with a wire brush and vacuum when they are cool to remove soot buildup. Never rub them with a cloth or any liquid.
Remove soot or debris from the pilot light.
Adjust the gas flow by turning the adjustment screw and the valve with a screwdriver. Relight the pilot light according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure the valve is dispensing enough gas to maintain a steady flame on the pilot light, but not so much that it is noisy.
Most of the damage to ceramic logs is caused by failure to remove soot buildup on a regular basis or burning wood or paper on the logs.