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Tigers13
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New Orleans
Member since Feb 2005
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Ventless Fireplace Logs
A thread on here last week motivated me to do some research because I also have a ventless fireplace that we seldom use because of the smell. This weekend I removed all the logs from the fireplace and turned on the burners and let it run. I did this to determine if the smell was coming from gas combustion or from the logs themselves. When doing this, there was no or very little smell. I looked up my unit online and placed the logs back per the user manual. Relit the fire and within minutes my living room was filled with the usual odor.

So now my question is, are there logs that I can replace mine with that won't produce a smell. My logs are 7 years old so odor from manufacturing should be burned off by now. Appreciate any suggestion. If anyone has a ventless fp that doesn't produce strong odor, what type/brand of logs are you using? Thanks


deeprig9
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
What happens if you put them back in the wrong order?

Asking for a friend.


MikeBRLA
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2005
13119 posts

re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
My last house had a ventless and I used it often in the winter. Never had any odor issues. I don’t recall the brand though.


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lazy
Member since Jun 2020
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re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
I have ventless and don't get any smell.


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Tigers13
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New Orleans
Member since Feb 2005
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re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
Not an expert but I think it could result in bad combustion which produces CO.


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chalupa
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re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
I know you said it’s 7 years old, but did you ever run it on the highest setting for a continuous 4-6 hours to burn off manufacture finishing? I just had mine installed and the company said this is what I had to do. It definitely smelled, but after I burned for 6 hours it went away. And we’ve been using it almost everyday with no smell.

You will need to open doors and windows when you do this as it can put off carbon monoxide.


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jfw3535
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
Are you in Baton Rouge? If so, I'd call Woodburners and ask them. If not, find a local place in your area that sells fireplaces and gas logs and check with them. I'm sure they could help you with the issue.


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Tigers13
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Feb 2005
1411 posts

re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
Maybe not continuous but over 50 hours total use. I’ll give it a shot though.


chalupa
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Member since Jan 2011
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re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
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Maybe not continuous but over 50 hours total use. I’ll give it a shot though.


The installer told me the time had to be continuous. Again, make sure you have windows and doors open due to potential carbon monoxide. Maybe even buy a monitor if you plan to be there while it’s running.


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Twenty 49
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Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
13821 posts

re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
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but did you ever run it on the highest setting for a continuous 4-6 hours to burn off manufacture finishing? I just had mine installed and the company said this is what I had to do.


Ours was a quality brand but stunk like hell for a couple years, even though we ran it for 2 or 3 hours several times. I eventually cranked it and ran it wide open all day long a few times when I was home. It finally got rid of the smell.


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jimmy the leg
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Member since Aug 2007
12127 posts

re: Ventless Fireplace Logs
I have the same issue. If is almost an acrid smell. Damn strong.

I would run mine full bore but it just randomly goes out after an hour or so. I finally said frick it and really don’t use it anymore.


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