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Gas Fireplace Charring - Make No Adjustment To Your Screen

In this case you can see gas fireplace charring - make no adjustment to your screen.  This is gas fireplace charring in the extreme.

What you see is what you get.

This charring could have started a long time ago.

Or maybe it is recent.

It appears old to me.  The charring extends up and onto the roof shingles and deck wood framing.

This unit needs an adjustment.

This fireplace is creating too much carbon in the gas/air mix.  And maybe from day one.  Why?

Because the ceramic logs are similarly charred.

My gas fireplace, adjusted properly from the beginning, and used very regularly since, has NO such charring on the ceramic logs.  Or outdoors on our siding.

It is 15 years old.

This fireplace seems to be used regularly as well.  It is 19 years old.

Certainly, some professional care is in order.

My recommendation:  look at your house.  Things often give evidence of stress or a need for service.  This charring is such evidence here.  While you don't need to adjust your screen, these folks do need to adjust their fireplace!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

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Comment balloon 13 commentsJay Markanich • April 23 2015 02:41AM

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Morning Jay I did not have any idea about the mixture but that is why I read your posts.  I learn something every day in the Rain and today is no exception.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 4 years ago

Oh, is that why I sometimes see that?  It sounds like an easy fix.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 4 years ago

Most folks would consider this charring quite normal. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Hasn't Carol Charring passed away?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 4 years ago

Jay, have never seen this, thankfully, but would be quite worried of a possible fire! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 4 years ago

All fire mixes with air (oxygen) James, but in an enclosed environment like a fireplace the mixture is essential for proper combustion.

I don't know about the siding and such, but the fireplace adjustment I am told is not hard, Kat.

Lenn - I see slight charring from time to time, but I don't remember anything this bad.

I guess not Fred.  Still belting it out here!

Joan - I've never seen it this bad!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

If a gas fireplace is creating soot it is as you say in need of adjusting. One of the more common issues is the placement of the logs may be off, which impinges the flame causing soot. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 4 years ago

Jim - Oh say can you see!  I heard that somewhere...

I sometimes see the logs out of place and that's a problem.  In this case they were not.  Usually when the system is enclosed the people haven't been inside to putz with the logs.

We had a gas fireplace installed 17 years ago.  I asked the installer what causes sootiness and he said it was almost always due to improper adjustment and showed me how to adjust it during installation.  Our fireplace has never had charring or soot.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

I once found a double sided gas fireplace that when I turned on the flame, you could barely tell it was on due to the sooted over glass. No one apparently though it was a problem. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 4 years ago

In the bedroom?  Maybe they used that side as a mirror to get dressed!

Let me check to see if my tie is straight.  Ummm ... yep!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Yep, master bedroom. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 4 years ago

That's a nice feature when it works right.  Sitting side, bedroom side.

Maybe the blackened side reflects more heat for a more uniform s'more?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Methinks we Scoutmasters must eat too many s'mores.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

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