Q&A Adding lava rock & embers to gas fireplace

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I recently moved in to a townhouse with a tiny gas fireplace. It only had 2 logs and a very artificial looking straight row of flames in between the two logs. To make it more realistic, I bought 2 small logs to set on top to help divert the flames somewhat. Now I want to use the lava rock & glowing embers. Can I just set them on the base of the fireplace? I heard a man in the store suggest to someone that they place them on a cookie sheet at the bottom of the fireplace, but I can't stick anything underneath the log rack, as it's bolted to the base, leaving no room. If I can't set them directly on the base, could I use something like foil? Thanks, Sammi Smith



Answer:

Most of these manufactured fireplaces are preset at the factory, and it is not recommended that you add ANYTHING to the fire. You might be causing a dangerous situation. My advice is to leave the existing logs exactly as they were when you found them.
 
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