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When I moved into my house, I had the good fortune of having a working, natural gas powered fireplace. It's pretty amazing to just flip a switch and have a fire! I love the look and turn it on often (it does offer some heat but not too much- which is ok since we're in FL).
Before using it, I had it inspected by a natural gas specialist. While in my home, he lit the pilot light. He said all was good- I just have to use it to keep it in working order. One thing I started to notice was the bottom grate only lit up halfway and there was something that looked like dryer lint (or something you would find in a litter box) in the fire box area.
I did some research and found this material is called glowing embers. Glowing embers are a mixture of vermiculite and rock wool. It's used in LP and natural gas log fireplaces to restore newness and realism.
If you have a gas powered, vented fireplace, you might want to look into this product! It's not nessary to the working of the fireplace, but it sure adds a neat look.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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