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I have a wood burning fireplace and i am trying to find out how to work the side and top damper and vent to heat my home

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  • caz09 May 02, 2009

    I have a stack combi 610 damper machanicism which seems to be missing, can I get parts or diagram so can make something up.

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Top damper wide open and bottom damper wide open will burn very hot but too fast if you close the top vent off it will smoke in the house the idea is not to smoke the house but once you have a good fire lit with hot cinders to cut back on the top to ceep some heat in cut back on the bottom to burn slower if this is a metal box wood burner it should heat great if it is a standard fireplace with a glass door you need to be careful how close the flame is to the glass it can break. glass front fireplaces don't heat as well as an insert wood burner let me know if this is uesful or any more assistance needed thank you

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Your husband had the right idea, as Vent-free Gas Log Sets are 99.9% efficient and totally safe, when used properly. If you want to use it as a vented (totally inefficient) or partially vented (more efficient) and you have the gas log burner in a wood burning fireplace ... all you have to do is open the damper and allow the heat to escape up the chimney. Or partially open the damper ( about 1/2") and allow a little to escape and still get the benefit of some heating capabilities. However, since the unit hasn't been used in several years, it has just set there gathering dust, dirt and spiders. The unit should be serviced and cleaned before you attempt to use it Any Vent-free Gas Log Set can also be used as a vented appliance. I would suggest, if you don't already have a chimney cap at the top of your chimney, install one. This will help keep the rain out, as well as birds and squirrels .

To assist you in cleaning the unit, I have provided a couple of links that will assist you.
http://www.desatech.com/techDocs/Cleaning%20Demonstrations.pdf

http://www.desatech.com/techDocs/ODS%20Pilot%20Troubleshooting.pdf

Be sure you reinstall the logs identically to the way the Owner's Manual describes. If you don't you will have a sooting problem. If you have misplaced the Owner's Manual, look at the metal or plastic tags that are wired to the burner. One of them, should show the proper log configuration. If you can't find the tag, get back to me with the Model Number of the burner and I may have one, I can email you. Handle the logs gingerly. They are very fragile. You don't want to accidentally chip, crack or break one of them. Because you want be able to use it again.

I hope this helps you and thanks for choosing FixYa.

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Blade on fireplace heat o lator appears to be turning the wrong way. Heat does not come out of the top of the fireplace. What do I do to be able to take out the heat o later and reverse the fan?


Roger. it depends of whether this is a Gas Fireplace or a Wood Burning Fireplace?

If it's a direct vent gas fireplace, the blower was installed incorrectly. To access the blower, you will have to dismantle most of the interior of the firebox and the burner tray (Interior floor of the firebox). This will involve disconnecting the gas line from the burner. The blower is on the floor of the control compartment and is attached to the rear wall of the control compartment. Whoever installed it, has it aimed in the wrong direction. Which is can of hard to do, since there is an arrow on it, pointing in the UP direction. Once you unplug it, you can take out the sheet metal screws that hold it in place, and it will be quite obvious which way the exhaust should face. Which is UP.

Now that I've told you how to do all of that, I must be totally honest, by telling you, the blower will not increase it's efficiency. Your Direct Vent Gas Fireplace is rated as a Decorative Gas Appliance only. It is not heater rated. In fact, 80 % of all the heat goes out the direct vent. The only real heat, is generated off the glass, once it's hot.

So now, you get the chance to make the decision. With all that's involved, is worth changing the blower and not really gain anything?

If you have a wood burning, brick fireplace Heat-a-Lator, just turning the fan motor around, so that it's pulling air into the chamber, will solve the problem.

I really hope all of this has helped you. If I can be of further assistance please let me know. Thanks.

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In cleaning my gas-fired Marco fireplace, unsure original base configuration, mine has only burned out mineral wool pieces. The metal flat base has a row of small ports along the front. A single row of...


Unfortunately, you didn't list the model number of your fireplace and whether it's vented or vent-free. However, I suspect it's vented, as MARCO (now out of business) manufactured very few vent-free models. Restoration is going to depend on the condition of the burners, as well as the gas control valve and the condition of the firebox. The small ports you mentioned, are for the Rock Wool (Glowing Embers), which are divided into small pieces (dime size) and fluffed, then placed over the small ports. MARCO did not make a vented fireplace where silica sand was used on top of the burners. Normally, you only see that on vented gas log set, that is installed in a solid fuel burning (masonry) fireplace and operated with the damper fully open.

As far as restoration parts are concerned, I seriously doubt there are any available. MARCO, as such, has been out of business for almost 10 years. Today's burners are not designed for the same configuration that you have. It wouldn't be wise to try to change the configuration, as the firebox was tested and approved for only what's in there now.

Wish I had better news for you. But, my 15 years in the hearth and home business, tells me it would difficult and costly to do.

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I need operating instructions for a Royal Fireplace.


The following link is to the Owners manual for your wood burning, Heat & Glo, Royal Fireplace.
You can download and print the entire manual.

http://www.heatnglo.com/~/media/Files/Heat%20n%20Glo/Installation%20Manuals/4044_153.ashx

Hope this helps to get you safely up and burning.

Please let me know.

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I have a valve on the wall with a Hearthmaster key. In the fireplace is a long tube with slits cut every 5". Is this a gas fireplace or what?


From what you described, it sounds like a homemade gas log lighter for a masonry, wood burning fireplace. The Key in the wall is to turn the gas on and off. With that said, no it's not a gas fireplace per se. It's used to light firewood. However, if you don't want to burn wood (with all the fuss, muss & dust. You may be able to install a 99.9% efficient, Vent-free Gas Log Set, by using the existing gas line.

However, it's not a case of one size fits all. You will need to know the following concerning the interior of your firebox: Width, Height, Depth (from the center of the opening to the rear wall of the firebox, on the floor of the firebox) and the Width at the back. And the final dimension (if you have a wood mantle) The distance from the top of the opening of the firebox to the bottom of the mantle shelf. If it's less than 18", Code requires a heat deflector hood to be installed to the top of the opening of the firebox, to direct the heat down and away from the mantle.

Generally speaking, I do not recommend this as a DIY project, If you decide to pursue this, contact a professional in your area that sells and installs Vent-free Gas Log Sets. That way, you'll be able to determine which BTU Output is suitable for your application. They're usually in the Yellow Pages under Fireplaces.

Two pieces of advice:

1. When it comes to BTU Output more is not better. Gas is a warm moist heat, that you'll feel very quickly and it's very comfortable. You actually can do more with less.

2. Avoid Ceramic Fiber Logs. They are very fragile and do not hold heat and radiate it back into the room. Stick with Refractory Concrete Logs. They are heavy and very durable. They get hot hold heat and radiate back into to the room, even after the burner is turned off.

Everything I have told you is based on by 15 years in the hearth business.

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We have a GTi model 5000 GDV gas fireplace that is on the outside wall and is about sixteen years old. We have never used it we bought the house when it was nine years old. This year we decided to use it....


Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.

well first, clean out the vent exhaust. after all those years, who knows whats inside...you must have burned off dirt and dust. unless the unit has fans in it and they are defective....

I suggest to contact a service company

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The lever at the top of the fireplace operates the "damper". The damper is a door that opens the fireplace to the outside via the chimney.

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The damper also prevents pests from enter the room / home. It is not uncommon for birds, bats squirrels, etc. from creating a home / getting caught in side the chimney.

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If your manufactured home already has a fireplace or wood stove, it's a good idea to go look over these safety guidelines to confirm that it was installed correctly. If you plan to install a fireplace or wood stove, follow these safety guidelines carefully.

First, don't try to tackle this project yourself. While installation manuals usually provide all the instructions necessary for a manufactured home owner to install a wood-burning fireplace or wood stove, the consequences of a mistake are so disastrous, it's a task best left to experts.

It's a good idea to first check with your insurance company for their guidelines before installing these items. Your insurance policy may not cover damages if a fireplace or wood stove was not professionally installed. Plus, the manufacturer's warranty on the fireplace or wood stove may not apply unless the unit is installed by a professional.

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