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Bad odor from vent free gas logs.

I have bad gas like odor while using my vent free gas log fireplace. I have checked for leaks using soapy water and have found none. As long as the unit is off there is no smell. The unit will light and stay lit and burn normal. The only problem is the smell and it smells like strong gas like smell.

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It could be leaking when the fire place is on you said you checked for leaks was this to the burner as well ? it sounds like unbrunt gas check the burner , hope this helps , are you feeling sick or headaches as this would b e fumes ?

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