How Do You Light a Gas Fireplace? 

A gas fireplace is a convenient way to add warmth and beauty to your home. However, it requires certain safety protocols, so you should familiarize yourself with the process before you start using it. This article will provide you with the information you need to light and start a gas fireplace, as well as tips on how to re-light your pilot flame if necessary. 

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First, you’ll need to make sure your fireplace has an open gas line and that all vents are clear. Depending on your model, you may also need to turn a knob that controls the amount of gas the fireplace can use. The valve should be on a perpendicular angle to the line, so that it doesn’t allow too much or too little gas to come in. 

Next, you’ll need to find the control panel that manages your fireplace’s pilot light. It will typically be hidden behind an access panel, or it could be a screen that blends into your gas fireplace’s surround. Some systems require a key to open the cover. If you don’t have a key, you can remove the outer cover to gain access; then use a long lighter or match to ignite the pilot burner. 

Once you have the control panel, locate the pilot knob and turn it from the “Off” position to the “Pilot” position. Push the knob in, then wait a few minutes to allow any excess or lingering gas to clear out. 

You may need to do this multiple times before you can light the pilot, as it can take some time to get the pilot assembly to catch on fire. Once the pilot light is lit, it’s usually easier to move on to lighting your fireplace. 

Some models have a remote that allows you to light the pilot with a simple press of the ‘on’ button. Others have a manual switch that must be engaged for the pilot to work. 

Most modern gas fireplaces have a control panel that is located at the base of the device, usually behind an access screen. You can open the control panel with a key, if yours has one. Or, you can remove the control panel’s cover and set it aside so you can access the pilot burner. 

Before you can start the fire, you need to ensure that the gas is on and hasn’t been turned off since the end of last winter. If you’re not sure, consult with your gas company and have them check the gas line and valves. 

Depending on the make and model, some gas fireplaces have an automatic shutoff valve that automatically turns off the fireplace in case of a leak. This valve is often located on a separate valve in the floor or wall of your fireplace. If yours does not have this, you’ll need to twist it until it’s parallel to the gas line. 

The next step is to ignite the pilot light by pressing on a red igniter pilot knob that usually sits underneath the control panel. The pilot knob will normally have the options “Off,” “Pilot” and, in some cases, “On.” To ignite the pilot light, set the knob to the “Pilot” position and then hold it down for 30 seconds or until you see a spark appear. If you can’t see a spark, let go of the pilot knob and try again. If the pilot light doesn’t spark, it’s probably because the thermostat isn’t properly regulating the pilot. It’s also possible that the pilot ignitor is damaged or that you’re using an incorrect pilot.