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Light soot around propane fireplace vent

I have a 4+ year old propane fireplace and today when I was checking the propane tanks level I noticed that the fireplace vent has a black soot above it. What could be causing this?

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  • kpmasingale1 Jan 12, 2009

    Professional was out and It was propane settlement from the propane tank. Flames were buring normal. No biggie just don't let propane level get that low again.

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    I have a new ventless propane heating unit and have black soot covering the inside brick wall, filling our ac vents, air purifier, on our curtians and even a black soot film covering products in our cabinets. The dealer replaced the unit, but I have felt ill for a month. Are there any medical symtoms that can be a direct result of breathing htis propane soot for a month?

  • chimp1111 Apr 24, 2009

    i have the same problem. i have a 'gas brick' heater (in wall unit) and began noticing soot. so the problem is my husband waited too long to order more gas? just want to know for sure so i can inform him. if we go ahead and fill up now will the problem resolve itself? i believe the tank is low now. or since spring has kicked in , should i try to burn up that 25%of the gas tank by using the gas in my gas stove cooking?


  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    black smoke stains on vinyl siding beside propane fireplace vent

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    black smoke stains on vinyl siding beside propane fireplace vent

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Burners burning yellow , in complete combustion , blocked air ways to burner , it needs a service soon as poss

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