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Ventless gas log odor

I have an odor from my gas logs, the odor also sets off my smoke alarm. The flame burns normal, I've cleaned everything in the fire box including the rocks in the bottom. I would appreciate any help.

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Is it L.P.G if it is does odor come when bottles nearly empty cause if it is its what they mix with the gas to give it an odor so you can smell the gas and is usually really bad when bottles are nearly empty its a common thing if this is it!

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KINDLY HELP WITH a description of this odor. If it is setting off your smoke alarm the flame or combustion is not complete or thorough.Are these new loggs or previously used without problem?Is the flue open on the chimney? The venting is apparently very poor if at all and the house is fulling with fumes. Turn the gas off, Open up the house to clear the air and check the flue, making sure it is open. Be safe.Ned

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