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    How Ember Wool Makes Your Fireplace Complete

    If you haven't heard of ember wool, you may have heard of this cotton-like product by other names such as glowing embers, ceramic embers or.... wait for it.... just plain ole' embers. Ember wool is an important but often overlooked product for the fireplace. Ember wool is tightly wound ceramic fibers that glow when heated and often cover empty space along the burner pan or tube.

    These ceramic fibers display a wide range of colors when heated and can glow a deep reddish-orange or white-hot. Some appliances include a mixture of both colors while many lean towards the reddish-orange color similar to the standard flame.

    Set up can be a bit tricky and is often dictated by the manufacturer. The embers are designed to sit over the top of holes along the burner tube or pan so they are in direct contact with flames that emit from the appliance. Tearing them in dime-sized pieces and placing them in position before you set the logs in place will ensure you get a uniform spread and even result.

    How Ember Wool Makes Your Fireplace Complete
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    Once they are in place, the embers will dazzle with a beautiful glowing effect from beneath your logs and complete the overall look of your fireplace. Technically, you can operate your fireplace without the use of ember wool. Though, the aesthetics of a fireplace are often as important as the heat. So, don't skip this step if you want your fireplace to be as radiant and bright as it can possibly be!

    Lastly, it's important to pay attention to the placement of your ember wool. Packing them too tightly or placing them over the primary burner and intake ports can delay flame ignition and eventually restrict the flame from igniting at all. Thankfully, you won't have to figure that out all on your own, as many manufacturers include placement instructions and provide extra embers in case one... goes up in flames.

    How Ember Wool Makes Your Fireplace Complete
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    At the end of the day, ember wool is a great tool to increase the beauty of your fireplace and bring a warm glow to your room. If you have any other questions, please call our NFI certified techs at 800.203.1642.

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    Amanda Hurd

    Amanda Hurd is a native Memphian, lover of linguistics, and blues music. She has worked in digital marketing for nearly a decade and loves to move people to action with written words. She is the Content Editor for the eFireplaceStore and eCanopy online stores.

    Amanda's obsession with writing extends beyond her professional career, bleeding over into her personal life. She has maintained a blog for nearly six years, regularly posts inspirational content online, and is working on completing her first fiction book!

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    Questions About This Article

    All customer questions are answered by our NFI Certified Specialists free of charge!
    1 Question & 1 Answer
    from Grand Prairie, TX asked:
    October 30, 2023
    I use gas logs in a grate over a pipe that the gas runs through, 4 holes for the gas in the pipe. Can I use wool under the pipe? Do I need a pan under the wool? Just looking for a way to add aesthetic  to the room. 
    1 Answer
    Rock wool should only be used in vented or vent free log sets that are designed with a burner pan. You would more than likely need to purchase a set of logs with a burner that can accommodate the use of rock wool with sand or vermiculite media.
    Submitted by: Cody S. on October 30, 2023

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