In wood-burning fireplaces, all it takes is one extra smokey fire to leave your fireplace riddled with black soot stains. It’s just something you can expect with wood-burning fireplaces, and why so many people turn to gas fireplaces. If you own a gas fireplace and see soot stains popping up, you may be wondering why.
Unfortunately, soot stains can be a problem no matter what type of fireplace you use. However, the billowing smoke isn’t the cause of the black stains in a gas fireplace. Instead, if you are seeing soot stains in a gas fireplace, you likely have a ventilation problem.
Gas Fireplace Ventilation
Although you don’t see them as easily as smoke, gas does produce byproducts from combustion that need proper ventilation. If there is improper airflow, you will start to see the soot stain that you once believed only was something that happened to wood fireplaces.
While the soot stains in your gas fireplace are a concern, you should also consider that poor ventilation may mean that some of those byproducts, including carbon monoxide, might be leaking into your home instead of going into the chimney. A potential leak is why ventilation issues want to be investigated sooner rather than later.
Also worth noting is the uneven burning in gas fireplaces can cause soot issues. You may need to have the burners cleaned or readjust the decorative logs that sit above them. Before you try to make any adjustments yourself, remember to turn off the gas supply first.
Regardless of which issue is causing soot stains in your gas fireplace, it merits a call to a professional chimney sweep to investigate the cause and resolve the present problem. Contact us today to see what Fiddler on the Roof Chimney Service can do to address all your chimney woes.