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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:

    [IMG]http://www.gascoals.net/Portals/1/Pilgrim%2010-13-05/FS8-3430.jpg[/IMG]

    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:

    [IMG]http://www.fireplaceguys.com/Fireplace_Doors/portland_5700_bs__2_.jpg[/IMG]

    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

    SAR I

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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=Jets Things;2899502]Close the doors, let the embers die out on their own, close the flue in the morning.[/QUOTE]

    Really that simple?

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2899505]Really that simple?

    SAR I[/QUOTE]

    Works for me.

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2899505]Really that simple?

    SAR I[/QUOTE]

    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.

    [IMG]http://www.showroom411.com/Media/Category/Gas%20Fireplace.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://www.jdswallow.com/060~Fireplaces/Top_Vent_Gas_Fireplace.jpeg[/IMG]

    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=Jets Things;2899513]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]

    [QUOTE=32green;2899512]Works for me.[/QUOTE]

    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

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2899518]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.[/QUOTE]

    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

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2899524]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[/QUOTE]
    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=SAR I;2899533]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[/QUOTE]

    Indeed, you're a regular Davey Crockett.

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2899524]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[/QUOTE]

    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 [B]Jets team[/B] 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:

    [IMG]http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/1012/robertson_dewayne.jpg[/IMG]

    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:

    [IMG]http://www.carolinagrowl.com/Images/mugs/jenkins-kris.jpg[/IMG]

    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=pauliec;2899537]Indeed, you're a regular Davey Crockett.[/QUOTE]

    The hard part is picking these puppies up by those little cloth handles. That can really wreck the manicure.

    [IMG]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2155/2263054339_0a1c773680.jpg[/IMG]

    SAR I

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    [QUOTE=Vinny Patrollie;2899534]To answer that properly, you need to measure the exact distance between your big toe and the embers. Report back.[/QUOTE]

    Someone tell Patrollie that I thought that was funny. Would do so myself, if I were talking to him.

    SAR I

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    [QUOTE=bandwagon;2899545]Is this some twisted metaphor for the NY Jets team?

    For the past 12 years I've had a [B]Jets team[/B] 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:

    [IMG]http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/1012/robertson_dewayne.jpg[/IMG]

    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:

    [IMG]http://www.carolinagrowl.com/Images/mugs/jenkins-kris.jpg[/IMG]

    [/QUOTE]

    [IMG]http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n114/srubenst/laughter.gif[/IMG]

    Now [I]that's [/I]funny. Made a rough night better. Gracias.

    SAR I

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2899524]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[/QUOTE]


    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=Dcat;2899575]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.[/QUOTE]

    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=pauliec;2899518]IMG]

    Gas fireplace. On and off with a flick of a switch. [/QUOTE]

    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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