I have a GEM 42 and I'm a bit confused about its operation. When reading the manual and also the Heat&Glo website FAQ it seems like the IPI should turn the pilot off when the fireplace is not in use. However, my pilot stays lit all of the time.
On the control panel (located under the fireplace) I have a pilot light switch with two options (on/off). On is labeled as normal use and Off is labeled as energy saver. The panel also has a switch for the flame as well as 2 dials (one for the flame and the other for the fan).
So, is this unit supposed to turn the pilot light off when the flame for the fireplace is turned off?
The other question is about odors when burning. I've had this unit for 2 seasons now. The first season we did the 4 hour/clean the glass/12-hour break-in and then used the unit, but maybe only 10x. Last season we only ran it once for maybe an hour because it was smelly (like when it was new) and I didn't feel like going through the burn-in cycle again. I turned it yesterday to see what would happen and sure enough I had the burn odor again. I let it run for 4 hours and today I'm going to get in another 8 or so hours. Is it normal to have the strong burn-in type of odor at the beginning of each season? If so, what causes this?