Getting Your Propane Fireplace Fall-Ready

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A propane fireplace can be a great source of cozy comfort in cold Connecticut – and with most of us spending more time than usual at home this fall and winter, a little comfort can go a long way.

But before you fire up your propane hearth for the first time this year, it’s a good idea to do some prep work to make sure it’s running safely and reliably from day one. Here are seven tips for doing that.

Fall Fireplace Preparation

  1. Get re-acquainted with your set-up – If it’s been a while since you used your fireplace or propane gas log set, revisit the owner’s manual – just in case.
  2. Clear the vents – Leaves, branches, and other debris can get into your fireplace vent during the offseason; be sure to clear it to avoid having a fire or carbon monoxide hazard in your home.
  3. Inspect your insert – If you have an enclosed propane fireplace insert, check the casing for cracks or chips; the enclosure helps keep harmful gases out of your living space. Make sure the glass closes securely and operates properly.
  4. Give your logs a once-over – A propane fireplace log set can get dusty in the offseason, which could cause an unpleasant burning smell when you start a fire. When cleaning a propane gas log set,
    • Make sure your propane gas valve is closed before performing any work or cleaning
    • Photograph your logs so you can return them to their exact positions
    • Use a handheld vacuum and/or microfiber cloth to remove dust
    • Return logs to their original position.
  5. Your blower, too – If your fireplace insert or propane fireplace has a fan or blower, use a vacuum or duster to clear away any excess dust.
  6. Check the pilot light – If your fireplace has a pilot light (rather than an electronic ignition), inspect it visually; if the flame burns yellow, you could have a leak; contact us for service.
  7. Schedule professional maintenance – Like any fuel-burning appliance, a propane gas fireplace should be maintained by a professional every year to keep it running safely and efficiently. The best way to do that is to sign up for a Hocon Hearth Products Fall Tune-up, which include equipment inspection and cleaning, battery changes, flame quality, efficiency, and leak checks, and more.

Make your home a place of peace and comfort this fall with a propane gas fireplace – installed and maintained by the pros at Hocon! Contact us today to learn more about propane fireplace installations and propane fireplace maintenance in Connecticut!

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