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Gas Fire Now Has Blue Flames
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Old 24-09-2008, 2:37 PM
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Question Gas Fire Now Has Blue Flames

I noticed last night that the flames on my gas fire are burning blue, and I am sure they were yellow before.

I seem to remember having a discussion with a gas engineer in which the colour of the flames was discussed, and I seem to remember that blue might have been a bad sign.

If any gas engineers are reading this, please can they comment as to whether or not there is a problem?

Many thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Old 24-09-2008, 2:40 PM
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When was the gas fire last serviced?
35 to go. 35 already gone
(5 stone to get rid off in total)
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Old 24-09-2008, 3:04 PM
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i seem to remember, it should be a blue flame and not yellow.
yellow is a sign of incomplete burning and a possible carbon monoxide problem.
deadly.
Get some gorm.
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Old 24-09-2008, 3:19 PM
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The ideal on a normal radiant gas fire in order of preference is blue, blue with yellow flickers, yellow so yes, sounds ok. Gas fires that are regularly used should be serviced properly every year IMHO.
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Old 24-09-2008, 3:30 PM
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As a basic guide, yellow is bad, blue is good.
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Old 24-09-2008, 7:58 PM
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Some decorative gas fires are designed to have a yellow flame in order to simulate a real fire more accurately. Radiant fires should have a blueish flame.

By far the most important thing to look for is any sign of sooting on or around the fire. If you see any evidence of this, turn it off and do not use it until it has been thoroughly checked / serviced.
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Old 24-09-2008, 8:50 PM
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It may appear more orange/yellow after it has heated up due to the firebricks or coals becoming red hot. A blue flame will be noticeable when first switched on but become somewhat masked by the glow when hot.

As mentioned above a yellow flame is not good and blue is normal. However if there has been a change then you should get it checked to make sure it is working correctly. Check that any vents in the room are not blocked.
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Old 25-09-2008, 1:04 PM
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I would recommend getting a carbon monoxide detector like this one which we have:

http://www.trustcorgi.com/consumer/b...xidealarm.htmx

...then you have the peace of mind of being warned if your gas fire (or any gas burning appliance) is likely to kill you by carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Old 25-09-2008, 1:26 PM
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i seem to remember, it should be a blue flame and not yellow.
yellow is a sign of incomplete burning and a possible carbon monoxide problem.
deadly.
Yep, absolutely right. I've got a leaflet in front of me now from CORGI about carbon monoxide poisoning............"A yellow orange flame is evidence of possible carbon monoxide presence" and "A healthy flame should be crisp, vibrant and blue".
KEEP CALM AND keep taking the tablets
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