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willowdawn
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Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside?
      #1206881 - 11/21/07 12:06 PM (71.171.109.115)

Aloha! Hoping someone can help me out. The inside of the glass for our gas fireplace is really hazed over. You can hardly see the logs inside any longer. I've cleaned the outside with a clean dry rag... no cleaner but as you can see, the problem is really on the inside. Does anyone know how to gain access to the inside so that I can clean it?

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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: willowdawn]
      #1206885 - 11/21/07 12:10 PM (71.62.116.81)

surprise you remove the topbrass vent deal sometimes it flips up on hinges has a magnetic catch and then there are ussually screws or bolts that hold in glass for you its a 2 on a 1 to 10 most women its a 4 there is a gasket and sometimes it sticks to glass be careful as you pull glass out that it doesn't get away from you fall and break

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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: cassandra&sarasdaddy]
      #1206978 - 11/21/07 01:17 PM (71.171.109.115)

THANKS CD! Found the wingnuts and it took a bit of brute strength to get it out as it was pretty well stuck. Good thing I'm a sturdy German girl .

So I wiped it down with a solution of vinegar and water, and it looks great when wet, but as soon it dried the haze was back... any thoughts?

Willow




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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: willowdawn]
      #1207005 - 11/21/07 01:46 PM (71.62.116.81)

hmmm try ammonia? i know i bought sdomething once before i surrendered to smoked glasds

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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: cassandra&sarasdaddy]
      #1207036 - 11/21/07 02:11 PM (71.62.229.17)

The ammonia should work.

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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: john1315]
      #1207071 - 11/21/07 02:58 PM (68.246.53.155)

Get a new piece of heat temptured glass from a store if all else fails.

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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: john1315]
      #1207130 - 11/21/07 06:34 PM (70.187.217.180)

How do I clean the glass on my direct vent gas fireplace?
Household glass cleaners that do not contain ammonia will work in most cases. (Ammonia based cleaners can cause a milky white haze to be baked on the glass). Specific cleaners for gas direct vent fireplaces such as “White Off” are excellent for more difficult discoloration of the glass. If the glass is extremely discolored; it may be necessary to replace it.

http://www.americanheritagefireplace.com/faqs.html


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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: RichOnTheRoad]
      #1207139 - 11/21/07 06:46 PM (71.171.109.115)

Thanks Everyone! I have gotten quite aways with a mixture of vinegar/water and making a paste with baking soda. I discovered that the haze has to be scraped off. So I got a razor to scrape some more off. Even if I don't get the rest, it's already massively improved. I'd post another pic... but it's in the garage with it's paint drying.... I just can't leave well enough alone! The brass HAD to go.

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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: RichOnTheRoad]
      #1207165 - 11/21/07 06:58 PM (71.62.229.17)

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How do I clean the glass on my direct vent gas fireplace?
Household glass cleaners that do not contain ammonia will work in most cases. (Ammonia based cleaners can cause a milky white haze to be baked on the glass). Specific cleaners for gas direct vent fireplaces such as “White Off” are excellent for more difficult discoloration of the glass. If the glass is extremely discolored; it may be necessary to replace it.

http://www.americanheritagefireplace.com/faqs.html




My bad. It never occurred to me that a gas fireplace would be cleaned differently than a wood burning one. We have a woodstove with a partial glass door, and ammonia cleans the soot right off of it with no haze or residue.

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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: john1315]
      #1207452 - 11/22/07 10:11 AM (71.171.109.115)

So I gave up on scraping the haze off... If I had the patience of Job, I'm pretty sure I could get it but I've left some of it on. I've got way too much else going on to worry about a minor amount of haze. Here's the end result. YEAH! No more brass, and what's that? There are logs inside! So lesson learned, baking soda with a mixture of white vinegar and water scrubs most of the haze off... with no harsh chemicals!




Edited by willowdawn (11/22/07 10:12 AM)


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Re: Fireplace insert glass - cleaning the inside? [Re: willowdawn]
      #1210982 - 11/28/07 09:31 PM (72.86.33.36)

I had the same problem. When I took off the glass I accidentally broke the seal around the edge of the glass and the fireplace exhaust came into the family room. I ended up having the fire place store come out and redo the seal. Be careful. THey also had special cleaner for the same problem. On the corner of 17 and rt1 in Falmouth. I dont remember the name.

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