How to Clean a Propane Fireplace

Posted on: 10 June 2015

Propane fireplaces are cleaner than traditional wood fireplaces, as propane does not produce the ash and soot that wood does. However, over time dirt, dust, and other debris can build up in a propane fireplace. Cleaning out your propane fireplace can help ensure that your fireplace continues to stay in good working order.

What You'll Need

You'll need a can of compressed air, a broom, a putty knife, a sponge, a rag, and a vacuum cleaner. All of these items are available at most hardware stores if you don't already have them in your home.

Before You Begin

Turn the gas supply to the propane fireplace off, and turn off the pilot light. Also turn off the main gas supply to reduce the likelihood of accidents or leaks. If the fireplace was recently turned on, let it sit for a while until it has cooled down before you start cleaning.

Cleaning a Propane Fireplace

Stick the broom up the flue and brush the sides of the flue in order to remove any dust or dirt that has built up. Be careful, as any debris that is knocked loose will sift downwards onto you.

Once the flue has been cleaned, use the putty knife to clean off any soot that has caked onto the fireplace grates and on the masonry.

Once the caked-on soot has been removed, use the vacuum cleaner to remove all the loose debris from the fireplace. This will reveal any remaining soot, which you can then remove using the putty knife or broom, as appropriate.

Once you've removed all the soot from the fireplace, use the can of compressed air to blow down the pilot tube (where the pilot light comes out of, usually located in the middle of the fireplace) in order to remove any debris that has gotten stuck inside of it.

Once you've cleared out the pilot tube, go over the entire fireplace with a damp sponge to remove any remaining soot and to clean out the propane residue that may be present in the fireplace.

With the fireplace wiped down, use the rag to dry off the entire assembly. If there's any remaining soot, simply repeat the above steps, using the putty knife, broom, or vacuum cleaner as you see fit, to remove whatever is left. Once your satisfied with the state of your fireplace, you can turn the gas supply and pilot light back on. For assistance, talk to a professional like Erickson Plumbing & Heating.