How Do I Light a Gas Fireplace? 

There are a few steps involved when lighting a gas fireplace. Before you start, however, make sure the gas supply is on. Turning the valve on will start the flow of gas. This can be done by either turning the handle on the control panel or using a key. You may also need to remove the front cover of the fireplace, which is generally glass. 

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To light the flame you’ll need a long lighter and a pilot light. These are often located in the burner assembly at the base of the unit. The flame itself is powered by a small amount of gas flowing through the pipeline. Some gas fireplaces even feature a specialized control panel to manage the standing pilot. 

If you’re in the market for a new fireplace, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the controls. Once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to determine which model is best for you. A gas fireplace that uses a control panel will typically be hidden behind a decorative panel. Although this isn’t always the case, if the control panel is hidden away, it can be a pain to find the controls. 

To get to the control panel, first remove the cover. Next, unscrew the screen and pull it out. Be sure to use your hands when handling the control knobs and levers. For safety reasons, it’s a good idea to keep the controls out of reach of children. 

When you’re ready to turn on the fireplace, use the control knob to activate the gas supply. Then, line up the knob with the “Pilot” or “On” marking. Depending on the particular model, some models require you to depress the knob to access the gas. It’s also worth noting that some fireplaces have a manual switch and other models are equipped with an electronic ignition wall switch. 

In order to find the best way to ignite the pilot light, you’ll need to check the manual for specifics. Some models have a high or low setting that you can use to ignite the pilot. Other models have an igniter button that’s similar to the one found on a gas grill. 

There are plenty of videos available online to demonstrate the complexities of lighting a gas fireplace. If you’re still unsure, you can always visit your local home improvement store to purchase a set of keys. They’ll make the process go much more smoothly. 

While you’re at it, you can experiment with the thermostat settings. During a power outage, your fireplace’s gas output may be deactivated. However, this should not affect the pilot light. After you’ve turned the valve on and off, wait at least five minutes to allow for the gases to dissipate. Alternatively, you could open a window to let in some fresh air. 

One final note: you should wear heat resistant gloves. If you smell gas, call your gas provider, or leave the home if you’re in an uninhabited home.