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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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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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Since you say it's not working, I assume you mean disused fireplace. Two insulation approaches (which don't depend on there being an operable damper, though closing a damper if you can figure out how will certainly help.) Stuff rockwool or fiberglass batt insulation up into the throat of the fireplace (above the firebox) - also feel for drafts down low in ...


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There may be other valves in the piping. When my house was built , they forgot to run gas for the dryer ( It also had an electric supply). They added a valve in the attic for the pipe run to the dryer. Later , I added another valve in the attic for gas line to a outside grill.


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