If your fireplace looks like yuck, putting candles in it wont make the soot marks any better. Its best to just clean it and paint it - but don't put candles in it.
Actually the soot you see in your fireplace is carbon monoxide but the fireplace manufactures just don't seem to tell you this little fact! It's poison and it's the furthest thing from being green that you could ever get. It's like entertaining your friends and family in your garage with your car running.
The customer here could of painted his flex line to help hide it a little better. Again what was the plumber thinking, hanging logs? Maybe that's why we plumbed the line so high in the air? Anyway after all of that it did turn out nice.
The fireplace below is in Pasadena California. this is a before and after with a 2" base of crushed lava as a filler with Starfire Base Glass on top with a double 24" burner installed. We are next installing one of our surrounds.
Looks nice? Huh? NOT! Again, has anyone ever told you nice logs? I don't think so. I would really not like being a log manufacture as they really produce some ugly products, in my opinion. But you decide for yourself. Below we have installed the burner on top of the lava rock filler.
Now test the burner to insure the flames don't hit the back wall as this will scorch the walls.
Now this is nice! Now we will install a surround. Most everyone tells us "Nice Glass"
The fireplace below is an electric fireplace. Actually we have supplied glass to dozens of electric fireplaces but Rita was the only one who sent us pictures of Azurlite Base Glass under her logs. There is no real fire but it does look nice.
The fireplace below is a propane fireplace with a Black Base Glass and Mini Clear Diamonds on top. We built a pan to hold the glass with out the legs and covered/ protected the burner controls inside of the pan. The controls are on the right side and they are shielded and buried under the glass. The customer was going to finish the front of the steel pan after he installed it.
The fireplace below was a wood burning fireplace and the plumber never installed a key valve in or near the fireplace. So we made a fireplace key box which was installed on the right side of the fireplace. This is the only alternative when the plumber can't or won't fix the issue. So remember if your plumber installs a valve inside of your fireplace, ask him "how do I turn it off?" That's when you will see him run down the drive way. The glass that was used in this fireplace was Starfire Base Glass.
The fireplace below was installed in Palm Springs, California. The base glass is Starfire Base Glass and then we topped it with 1 lb of Pirates Topper. This is a typical fireplace but this one has lava rock stacked up inside, yuck!
Below you can see the flame hitting the back wall creating a soot mark, not very nice looking. The customer didn't want the fireplace painted, why? There's that soot mark! If you do paint make sure the work is not spotty! That looks nasty as well.
Above you see the typical hard piped burner installed which is fine for logs or lava. But this does not really work well for glass. Below you see the double burner installed with an 18" flex line.
Test the burner and pour the glass, now it looks nice except for the soot mark!