Getting Your Propane Fireplace Fall-Ready
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!