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Annual Maintentance

The end of 2010 is rapidly approaching, and as we prepare to begin another journey around the sun I’d like to give you a few annual maintenance tips that will ensure a safe and warm holiday season and a properly working fireplace for the new year.

We recommend scheduling your annual maintenance with a qualified technician from your local Lopi dealer, but many of these tasks can be performed yourself. Be sure to refer to your Owner’s Manual as more detailed instructions about daily and annual maintenance may be found there. Make sure the appliance is completely cooled prior to conducting service.  If any problems are found contact your local dealer to schedule an appointment.

GAS APPLIANCE OWNERS…

  1. Clean the glass with a soft cloth and fireplace glass cleaner.  Inspect the gasket around the glass; make sure it forms an airtight seal against the face of the firebox.
  2. Clean the log set with a damp cloth to remove soot and dust.
  3. Clean the air channels, ducts, and blower (if applicable.)
  4. Check the burner, pilot, and interior firebox for cracks, warping, or damage.
  5. Inspect the gas control valve and gas lines for cracks or wear.  Make sure all the connections are tight.
  6. Replace the Power Backup batteries.
  7. Check the vents for blockage, as they tend to be inviting spots for birds, spiders and insects to build nests.  Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination. If you have a chimney be sure to have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.
  8. Light the pilot and turn the fireplace on to inspect the flames.
  9. Last but not least, test your carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if needed.

WOOD APPLIANCE OWNERS…

  1. Vacuum the air duct and blower (if applicable.)
  2. Inspect the firebrick and baffle.  Make sure the bricks are intact and have no gaps between them.
  3. Check the secondary air tubes for severe deterioration. Confirm the pushpins hold the air tubes in place.
  4. Check the door gasket; it should form an airtight seal with the front of the firebox.
  5. Clean the glass and inspect it for cracks.  The glass gasket should also form a tight seal against the door.
  6. Examine the chimney for creosote build-up (this is what causes chimney fires.)  Have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination.

PELLET APPLIANCE OWNERS…

  1. Inspect the exhaust venting system for fly ash and soot.  Clean if necessary.
  2. Clean the exhaust and convection blower.
  3. Examine the chimney for creosote build-up (this is what causes chimney fires.)  Be sure to have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.  Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination.
  4. Check for air leaks around the door, glass, and ash pan.  Replace the gaskets if necessary.  Clean the glass with fireplace glass cleaner.
  5. Clean the pellet logs with a damp cloth to remove dust and soot (if applicable.)

With proper care and attention your Travis pellet stove will last you for generations to come.  Click below to view our Pellet Homeowner’s Video.

From all of us here at Lopi we wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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Child Safety

Children, like most of us, are fascinated by fire, and for families with young children, fireplaces pose a potential safety hazard. Here are a few things you can do to keep your kids safe around your new fireplace.

1.  Take the time to educate young children about the dangers of fire and the hot surface temperatures of glass and metal surrounding the fireplace.

2.  Never leave young ones unsupervised around a burning fireplace as children, toddlers especially, like to throw things that could potentially break the glass or melt to the surface and release toxic fumes.

3.  If necessary, secure the fireplace doors with a lock or latch so they don’t get opened when you’re not around.

4.  If you have an infant or toddler consider installing a fire screen. Make sure it’s tall enough so that children can’t climb over it, and that it’s placed far enough away so that reaching arms can’t touch the surfaces of the fireplace.

Only you know your child’s abilities and the unique configuration of your fireplace and room.  Try to look at it through their eyes so that all possible precautions are taken.  Implementing a few safety measures such as these will allow everyone in your home to safely enjoy the comfort and warmth of your new gas fireplace.

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