Hey hey! It’s about that time of year to turn on the fireplaces — in fact we’ve already had the family room going at night a couple times. Gas fireplaces are wonderful — we’ve had a wood burning one before (in an apartment if you can believe it!) and it was great but the convenience of gas can’t be beat.
Our current fireplace doesn’t have glass, just the chain link and I LOVE that:
But in the past we’ve had the gas insert with glass on the front. After a few years I noticed how filthy the inside of the glass would get, but didn’t think I could do anything about it. I learned how to clean the inside of the fireplace glass years ago and it comes in SO handy, especially this time of year. I always clean the glass in early fall before we light the fireplaces for the season.
The first step is to make sure the pilot light is off! I don’t think it’s a big deal to open it up with it on but since you’ll be cleaning the glass and all, I recommend you just have it off.
This one I can’t remove unless I unscrew it, but it does give me access to the back side so I can clean the grates easier.
So if you just pull up on the glass it should come off very easily. Be careful, it’s heavier than you think it will be but totally manageable.
You can do that with or without the glass installed — it makes it easy to clean in the sink or with the hose outside.
While I’m at it with everything opened up I’ll clean out underneath the fireplace a little and then replace the embers inside. Those are the fluffy stuff at the bottom — you can see that after time they get kind of brown and yucky:
I bought this bag of embers years ago and it’s lasted me a long time. You can also find them here. I don’t replace all of them, just the ones on top:
You’ll have to push hard to them secured but again, it’s not too bad.
If you missed how I installed that herringbone tile you can catch up here.
If you have a gas fireplace did you know how to clean this glass? I had no idea till a friend showed us how to do it. It’s SUPER easy to do and it will take you about 10-15 minutes start to finish. I don’t know if these steps will work for every gas fireplace, but I’m betting they are all fairly similar.
I’ll show you a couple other quick tips to get your fireplace looking brand new again next week! (See how to use high heat paint on your fireplace here.)
Here’s an image to pin if you’d like to try this project later!