already had the family room going at night a couple times. Gas fireplaces are
wonderful — we’ve had a wood burning one before (in an apartment if you can
believe it!) and it was great but the convenience of gas can’t be beat.
Our current fireplace doesn’t have glass, just the chain link and I LOVE that:
But in the past we’ve had the gas insert with glass on the front. After a few
years I noticed how filthy the inside of the glass would get, but didn’t think I
could do anything about it. I learned how to clean the inside of the
fireplace glass years ago and it comes in SO handy, especially this time of
year. I always clean the glass in early fall before we light the fireplaces for
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The first step is to make sure the pilot light is off! I don’t think it’s a big
deal to open it up with it on but since you’ll be cleaning the glass and all, I
recommend you just have it off.
This one I can’t remove unless I unscrew it, but it does give me access to the
back side so I can clean the grates easier.
So if you just pull up on the glass it should come off very easily. Be careful,
it’s heavier than you think it will be but totally manageable.
You can do that with or without the glass installed — it makes it easy to clean
in the sink or with the hose outside.
You’ll want to lay the glass front side down so you can clean it. I try to use
something without a ton of chemicals – I’m sure anything would probably be OK
but I just worry about the chemicals with the gas/fire. You know, explosions
and stuff. No biggie:
While I’m at it with everything opened up I’ll clean out underneath the
fireplace a little and then replace the embers inside. Those are the fluffy
stuff at the bottom — you can see that after time they get kind of brown and
I bought this bag of embers years ago and it’s lasted me a long time. You can
find them here. I don’t replace all of them, just the ones on top:
You’ll have to push hard to them secured but again, it’s not too bad.
If you missed how I installed that herringbone tile you can catch up
If you have a gas fireplace did you know how to clean this glass? I had no idea
till a friend showed us how to do it. It’s SUPER easy to do and it will take you
about 10-15 minutes start to finish. I don’t know if these steps will work for
every gas fireplace, but I’m betting they are all fairly similar.
I’ll show you a couple other quick tips to get your fireplace looking brand new
again next week! (See how to use
high heat paint on your fireplace here.)
Here’s an image to pin if you’d like to try this project later!