Q&A New fireplace first time use

QandA Posted By QandA, Jun 19, 2007 at 1:49 AM

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  1. QandA

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    Nov 27, 2012

    Great site! I have a brand new heatilator fireplace that has a full chimney. The fireplace is equipped with a gas log starter or for use with a gas log set.

    Is there any special type/size fire I should have the first or first few times I use the fireplace? Can the gas starter be used once the fire is going, to help keep the fire at a consistent level?


    It's always a good idea to burn the first few fires at a low or moderate level. This drives the moisture out of any ceramic liners and assures that the paint will cure well.

    As far as the gas starter, I would only use it to start the fire. I am actually a bit leery of these things because there is really no safety device attached to them (i.e. - one could leave it on) - my suggestion would be to have some dry kindling around to freshen the fire. Read the tips at https://www.hearth.com/what/specific.html and you'll be an expert soon.
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