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    FIXED: Smoking Fireplace (dust and burned out bulb)

    We have a 4 year old Dimplex electric fireplace that started smoking shortly after start up this morning.Filled RV with smoke and the origin appeared to be at the right inside base of unit.Turned off unit and cut power supply.We never leave fireplace on when unattended or at night while sleeping
    and was a good thing.

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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    Have you cleaned the flue?
    Looks like you will need to pull the fireplace and see where the problem is.
    I think that a call to Dimplex will get you the parts you need.

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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    Wow, a smoking fireplace! That is a little too realistic. Mine makes more noise that it did when new. Did yours get noisy?
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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    Quote Originally Posted by Birchwood View Post
    We have a 4 year old Dimplex electric fireplace that started smoking shortly after start up this morning.Filled RV with smoke and the origin appeared to be at the right inside base of unit.Turned off unit and cut power supply.We never leave fireplace on when unattended or at night while sleeping
    and was a good thing.
    We often sleep with it on, but I'm going to think twice about that now.

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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    When you take it apart to repair, or replace, please circle back around to let us know if it was a component on the electronics board that fried, or if the smoke was caused by the heating element, or if the blower failed, leading to smoke followed by an overtemp shutdown.


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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    Quote Originally Posted by dbbls59 View Post
    Wow, a smoking fireplace! That is a little too realistic. Mine makes more noise that it did when new. Did yours get noisy?
    No noise at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danemayer View Post
    When you take it apart to repair, or replace, please circle back around to let us know if it was a component on the electronics board that fried, or if the smoke was caused by the heating element, or if the blower failed, leading to smoke followed by an overtemp shutdown.
    Will do.Taking to the Dimplex dealer later this week.I will not be attempting any repairs!

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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    Had our fireplace serviced at an authorized Dimplex repair company.The only problem was a burned out bulb and some dust on the inside of unit.
    They were unsure why the unit smoked.After 5 days and $28 our fireplace is now working fine and we have peace of mind.

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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    Quote Originally Posted by Birchwood View Post
    Had our fireplace serviced at an authorized Dimplex repair company.The only problem was a burned out bulb and some dust on the inside of unit.
    They were unsure why the unit smoked.After 5 days and $28 our fireplace is now working fine and we have peace of mind.
    That's a small price to pay for repair/peace of mind. Glad it all worked out, ours is 5 models years old and still going strong (knock on wood). When we do turn it on after a long absence I can smell that dust smell for a minute or so and then it goes away.

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    Re: Smoking Fireplace

    I just finished completely going through my Dimplex fireplace. I had an existing problem with the dimmer control potentiometer shaft being broken, but what finally happened was that the last of the 4 bulbs burned out. Here is how you take it out/apart: (Before starting unplug the fireplace from it's outlet and/or turn off the circuit breaker)
    1. Remove the 4 wood plugs on the trim panel, and remove the screws (a square bit driver is best). Remove the trim panel.
    2. Remove the front glass retainer screw at the top middle of the glass, then tip the glass pane forward and lift up to remove.
    3. There are 2 mounting screws on each side behind where the glass panel normally sits. Remove these 4 screws.
    4. The entire fireplace should now pull forward out of the fireplace wood enclosure.
    5. The "Fake wood" firelogs should lift and pull out easily
    5. There are 6 60 watt mini base "candelabra" light bulbs in the fireplace - 2 on the upper side of the fireplace (the dimmable ones) and 4 on the bottom below where the fake wood sits. The bottom 4 lamps provide the illumination for the jumping fire licks effect caused by the motorized wheel assembly in the back. I replaced all 6 bulbs although some were still good based on the idea that lamps are rated on hours of use, and the other ones are likely to fail soon.
    Besides, they were $2.99 for a 4 pack!
    6. The heater and circuit boards for the dimming and effects motor speed are at the top of the unit behind the control knobs. You can access this area and get good access to vacuum the unit out by removing the 6 small black screws around the top panel. Note: I would think that anything that "smoked" would be in this area, most likely some debris getting sucked into the heater and fan).
    Additional note: I went to the local Radio Shack and got a 1 Megohm potentiometer to replace the broken one in the fireplace. I had to hacksaw the shaft down to the correct length and file the end of the shaft into a "D" shape to connect with the existing knob. I then mounted it in the hole and soldered the wires to it.

    I cleaned, vacuumed, and re-assembled the fireplace, and now it is good as new (after 6 years)!!
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