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    OT: Fireplace Etiquette Help Needed

    For the past 12 years I've had a fireplace screen that was one of those non-installed, stand-up folding types. Just sort of stands up on its own, bends in two spots, simple. Looked like this:



    Today I put in an installed screen/glass door combo that allows no airspace, locks nice and tight, keeps all the cinders from jumping out, you get the idea. Looks like this:



    Question: When the fire dies out, what do you do with a fully-installed glass door system?

    With my old cheap folding screen, I'd get a pitcher of water and douse the hot embers to cool them off, wait an hour, and close the flu. Didn't want any sparks to fly out accidentally when I went to sleep.

    Do I have to do the same thing with the new glass door install? Or does simply shutting the glass doors tight and leaving the flu open eliminate the stress of a problem after we're all asleep? Instead of putting some water on them, let them burn out naturally, up the open flu, shut it down in the morning?

    TIA

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    Close the doors, let the embers die out on their own, close the flue in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Close the doors, let the embers die out on their own, close the flue in the morning.
    Really that simple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    Really that simple?

    SAR I
    Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    Really that simple?

    SAR I
    Used to do it all the time when I had the installed doors. Moved in August and fireplace is too big for built-in doors so we have a huge screen and I still let the embers burn out and close the flue in the morning.

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    SAR, you actually build a fire yourself, and stress out about stray embers? How... pedestrian.





    Gas fireplace. On and off with a flick of a switch. As long as you can move your index finger, you can "build" a fire, and extinguish it just as quickly. The heat comes out evenly and comfortably warm through the front vents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Used to do it all the time when I had the installed doors. Moved in August and fireplace is too big for built-in doors so we have a huge screen and I still let the embers burn out and close the flue in the morning.
    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Works for me.
    If the embers are still smoldering a bit and I'd prefer to close the flue so as to avoid a bit of a draft, is that okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauliec View Post
    SAR, you actually build a fire yourself, and stress out about stray embers? How... pedestrian.

    Gas fireplace. On and off with a flick of a switch. As long as you can move your index finger, you can "build" a fire, and extinguish it just as quickly. The heat comes out evenly and comfortably warm through the front vents.
    While things like washing my own car or cutting my own grass are beneath me, there's something rugged about making a fire, getting the wood, piling it on, jostling it a bit, and putting it out. Something very earthy about it. From the moment I purchase the shrink wrapped wood and the Duraflame logs at the grocery store to the moment I close the flue and say 'good night', it's like I'm a woodsman out with the grizzlies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    If the embers are still smoldering a bit and I'd prefer to close the flue so as to avoid a bit of a draft, is that okay?

    SAR I
    To answer that properly, you need to measure the exact distance between your big toe and the embers. Report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    While things like washing my own car or cutting my own grass are beneath me, there's something rugged about making a fire, getting the wood, piling it on, jostling it a bit, and putting it out. Something very earthy about it. From the moment I purchase the shrink wrapped wood and the Duraflame logs at the grocery store to the moment I close the flue and say 'good night', it's like I'm a woodsman out with the grizzlies.

    SAR I
    Indeed, you're a regular Davey Crockett.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    If the embers are still smoldering a bit and I'd prefer to close the flue so as to avoid a bit of a draft, is that okay?

    SAR I
    Don't close it all the way until morning. Leave it open a crack at the least.

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    Is this some twisted metaphor for the NY Jets team?

    For the past 12 years I've had a Jets team that was one of those non-installed, stand-up folding types. Just sort of stands up on its own, bends in two spots, simple. Looked like this:



    Today I put in an installed combo that allows no airspace, locks nice and tight, keeps all the cinders from jumping out, you get the idea. Looks like this:



    Question: When the fire dies out, what do you do with a fully-installed glass door system?

    With my old cheap folding screen, I'd get a pitcher of water and douse the hot embers to cool them off, wait an hour, and close the flu. Didn't want any sparks to fly out accidentally when I went to sleep.

    Do I have to do the same thing with the new install? Or does simply shutting the doors tight and leaving the flu open eliminate the stress of a problem after we're all asleep? Instead of putting some water on them, let them burn out naturally, up the open flu, shut it down in the morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauliec View Post
    Indeed, you're a regular Davey Crockett.
    The hard part is picking these puppies up by those little cloth handles. That can really wreck the manicure.



    SAR I

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinny Patrollie View Post
    To answer that properly, you need to measure the exact distance between your big toe and the embers. Report back.
    Someone tell Patrollie that I thought that was funny. Would do so myself, if I were talking to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandwagon View Post
    Is this some twisted metaphor for the NY Jets team?

    For the past 12 years I've had a Jets team that was one of those non-installed, stand-up folding types. Just sort of stands up on its own, bends in two spots, simple. Looked like this:



    Today I put in an installed combo that allows no airspace, locks nice and tight, keeps all the cinders from jumping out, you get the idea. Looks like this:




    Now that's funny. Made a rough night better. Gracias.

    SAR I

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    If the embers are still smoldering a bit and I'd prefer to close the flue so as to avoid a bit of a draft, is that okay?

    SAR I

    NO. Carbonmonoxide from those embers. Can be harmful or worse. Close the flue in the morning. That's how I've always done it with screen or glass doors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcat View Post
    NO. Carbonmonoxide from those embers. Can be harmful or worse. Close the flue in the morning. That's how I've always done it with screen or glass doors.
    Good advice. I live in a log cabin with fireplaces and a wood burning furnace.Never close the flue while a fire is still smoldering. Carbon monoxide could build up.

    As for leaving it open a crack, I don't know. I say wait until next morning just to be on the safe side. Otherwise, make sure you've got carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauliec View Post
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    Gas fireplace. On and off with a flick of a switch.
    Pshaw-gas fireplaces are for unmanly homos

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    Leave the flue open, close the doors and any vents on them. The closed doors should pretty much eliminate any drafts.

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    SAR my friend, you have disappointed me. I would think you would have had one of these.


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