No matter what time of year it is, there’s nothing like lighting a fire in your fireplace and enjoying the crackling flames. There is something so magical about watching them flare up then gently dance and sway about. It’s one of the most peaceful and relaxing experiences life has to offer, conjuring up fond memories of spending time with loved ones in front of the hearth. It’s no wonder that so many people are so excited to use their fireplace once the time is right.
What is the Buildup on the Glass?
After using your fireplace consistently though, or if you stop using it for a period of time, your fireplace glass might be looking a bit smoky. This is a buildup of creosote, and it’s not just unsightly – it’s also dangerous. Creosote is actually a buildup of carbon, tar, and other chemicals that naturally occurs from the burning of wood, plant materials, or fossil fuels. Creosote is an extremely flammable fuel which ignites easily and burns at 2,000 degrees F. It’s not hard to see why it is so important to remove creosote from your fireplace!
Is Creosote a problem on gas fireplaces?
Fortunately for everyone with gas fireplaces, creosote is not as much of a problem for gas fireplaces as it is for wood fireplaces. Gas fires don’t produce big sparks the way wood fires do, and they produce far less creosote. You do not have to worry about a chimney fire with a gas fireplace, though it doesn’t hurt to have your chimney cleaned out. Creosote forms in your gas fireplace from the pilot light remaining on. The place where creosote becomes a nuisance in gas fireplaces is on the glass.
How to Get Your Fireplace Glass Cleaned
If your fireplace glass is smokey or needs to be cleaned, it’s best to contact a gas fireplace repair specialist. Cody’s Appliance Repair provides fireplace glass cleaning throughout the Treasure Valley area. We remove the glass and professionally clean it and the pilot light. Your fireplace will look as good as new, and will function more efficiently. We can also add embers to the fireplace to enhance the glow of the flames and to make your display look more realistic.
Give us a call today to schedule your fireplace cleaning!