There is a chimney powered by natural gas:

chimney image

I'm using fake woodchops which are made of some sort of cooked clay. I have two problems:

  • I don't know what is the proper way to arrange fake woodchops on top of fire. Is there a proper way of structuring them on fire?
  • Fake woodchops got black color on them after just a few hours of being used. Is something wrong with chimney? I noticed chimney is affecting things around it like wall and glass by turning their color to black. Might chimney be too smokey? Is there a solution for that?
  • Are you certain that those artificial logs are meant to be used in a fire? – Matthew Jan 14 '20 at 14:51
  • @Matthew I bought them at a chimney shop. I'm pretty sure :) – user3405291 Jan 14 '20 at 14:55
  • What is the source of the flame? Assuming it is gas, but thought I would make sure. – JPhi1618 Jan 14 '20 at 15:51
  • @JPhi1618 Yes, it is natural gas. – user3405291 Jan 14 '20 at 16:05

Real wood goes black as well - products of combustion commonly called soot.

If the device is set properly then there will be some, but if there seems to be a lot then get the device checked.

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    I would think that if the burner is working correctly there should be no soot from natural gas. I think the soot is an indication that something is wrong. – JPhi1618 Jan 14 '20 at 16:11
  • @JPhi1618 I suspect the same. Not sure if there is a chimney specialist in our area though. – user3405291 Jan 17 '20 at 12:03

Regarding arrangement of artificial logs...

Most kits come with a diagram showing the intended arrangement, and they're designed to fit a particular burner. If you don't have that, just be sure that you're not completely blocking any ports on the burner. Otherwise it's mostly a matter of decorative preference.

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