Is Your Propane Hearth Ready For Winter?
There’s nothing better than coming home to cozy fire on a cold North Carolina night –especially if all you have to do to start that fire is sit back in your favorite chair and click a button on your remote.
That’s the kind of convenience you’ll enjoy when you install a propane hearth – but only if it’s working properly. Here are seven things you should do for your propane hearth as we head into winter 2019/2020.
Propane Fireplace Winter Prep
- Refresh your memory – If you haven’t used your gas fireplace in a while, re-read the operating instructions. If your owner’s manual includes different guidelines than the ones we list below, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Clear the fireplace vent – Cobwebs, sticks, leaves, and other debris can block your fireplace vent; clear these obstructions to prevent a fire or a dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
- Check the glass on any sealed fire features – If you have an enclosed propane fireplace insert or firebox, check its glass for cracks or chips; the glass casing is critical to keeping dangerous carbon monoxide out of your living space.
- Clean your propane log set – If you own a propane fireplace log set, it’s a good idea to clean it before you use it for the season. If you choose to clean your propane log set:
- Always close your propane gas valve before attempting any work.
- Take a picture of your log set before you disassemble it for cleaning; your logs must be returned to their EXACT position to avoid causing carbon buildup and damage your fireplace.
- Once you remove the logs, vacuum and replace broken logs.
- Clean the blower – If your hearth features an electric blower, clean it with a stiff-bristled brush.
- Check your pilot light – If your fireplace uses a pilot light rather than an electric starter, inspect it visually. If you see loose wires, contact us for service; if you don’t, test the pilot light. If there are any problems, contact us for service.
- Maintain your equipment – Gas fireplaces should undergo professional maintenance at least once a year to identify problems such as gas leaks and broken sensors, and to keep the equipment running at its best.
Winter is very nearly here – make sure your gas fireplace is ready for the cold North Carolina days and nights sure to come! Contact us today to schedule maintenance for your propane hearth, and be sure to keep the fire going all winter long with reliable propane deliveries in our northern North Carolina service area.
Don’t have a propane hearth? What are you waiting for? Contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation estimate on propane fireplace installation in and around Caswell County, North Carolina.