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Old 11-18-2008, 10:52 AM   #1
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I have been in my home for 7years and have a gas fire place insert, all was fine until last year when some how soot made its way to the exhast side and spewed into the family room. I cleaned it all away and vaccumed the inside of the fireplace as well as the exhaust port, this year I fired it up and it seems fine however I do check and vaccum the soot out every 4 weeks, the glass is cleaned with a recommed cleaner as well. Now the glass becomes clouded and sooted up very quickly and is causing me some concern is there mewore Ishould be doing?

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Old 11-18-2008, 12:07 PM   #2
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Maybe a plugged air intake?

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Maybe a plugged air intake?

i know this is unlikely but see if you can find the rating tag and make sure its set up for the type of gas your burning seen many times propane trying to operane with nat gas setup
aside from that id disconnect the gasline if your comfortable pull the whole thing out and wash out the burners and logs outside with a hose ( and dont forget to pay close attention to the log placement sometimes there a pain to remember where they went) they likely are clogged(providing its not the gas problem mentioned earlier)
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check the placement of the logs. There should be a diagram in the book they need to be in a certain spot. If the flame is hitting the logs it will cause it to soot up. That is what I would start with.
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check the placement of the logs. There should be a diagram in the book they need to be in a certain spot. If the flame is hitting the logs it will cause it to soot up. That is what I would start with.

Bervin is right. most people think the inserts are trouble free. But the arrangement of the logs is critical for the proper combustion. If not than carbon monoxide forms.

Fire place inserts are even more critical than furnaces in this regard and there are more things to go wrong that can cause monoxide. if that that soot build up was in a furnace i would be turning it off and condemning it.

I would STRONGLY suggest you get a pro who has training on your brand to give it the once over.
It could save your life.
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