How Do You Turn On a Propane Fireplace? 

Propane fireplaces can be easy to operate. If you’re having trouble turning on your fireplace, or if you think it might be leaking, you can follow these simple instructions to ensure it is working properly. 

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First, you’ll need to know where your pilot light is. The light should be behind your logs, or near your fireplace screen. It should be purple or dark red. If it isn’t, you may need to adjust your burners. You’ll need a long match or lighter to ignite the pilot. This is an important safety precaution. 

Next, you’ll need to locate the shutoff valve. These are located at the bottom of your fireplace and allow you to control the amount of natural gas that can be used. Depending on your model, you can turn the valve on or off. Alternatively, you can use the control panel knob. 

Once you’ve found the valve, you can begin to turn it on. Often, you’ll hear a clicking sound when you press the knob. You can also use a key to open the valve. However, if the valve isn’t functioning properly, you may need to have it replaced. 

Finally, you’ll need to locate the pilot light. Usually, this is written on the control knob. Some models may require you to push the lever out of the way to reach the pilot. Others are equipped with an electronic ignition, which means that you can simply flip a switch to start a fire. 

While you’re waiting, you can purge the pilot tubing with a compressed air hose to make sure it’s free of any dust and carbon residue. When you’re done, you’ll be ready to use your fireplace. 

When you’re ready to ignite the pilot light, you’ll need to move the knob to “pilot” or “off”. Make sure you’re not pressing on the knob with your hands. Failure to do this can cause the pilot to go out. Keep in mind that some models have a ‘Spark’ position, which will be highlighted by a spark symbol. 

After a few seconds, you should see the ignitor light. It’s also a good idea to hold the control knob for at least 15 seconds. This will help maintain the flame and keep it from going out. Occasionally, you might need to wait longer than this to get the pilot light to light. 

If you have problems with the pilot light, you should contact a propane dealer or your gas provider. Ideally, you should call them before you attempt to restart the flame. They’ll be able to advise you on what to do next. 

If you don’t have access to a propane tank, you might be able to use a propane tank to fuel your fireplace. But be aware that propane is cleaner than natural gas. Natural gas emits harmful chemicals, including carbon dioxide. So if you’re using natural gas, be sure to keep your windows open and clean your fireplace to remove any rust or mold.