How to Light a Gas Fireplace Properly? 

Gas fireplaces are a great way to create a cozy atmosphere in any home, but it’s important to know how to light them properly. This will ensure that you don’t burn down your house, or end up wasting a lot of fuel. 

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Depending on the model, your fireplace may have an ignition system or a standing pilot light. Whatever your model, it’s usually a simple process to start the flame. 

First, you need to locate the control knob on your fireplace. Typically, it’s a red ignitor pilot knob that comes with a dial and a button labeled “On,” “Off,” or “Pilot.” Once you find the correct control knob for your unit, turn it from the “off” position to the “pilot” position. Next, push the ignitor button once every second until it lights. This process can take a few minutes, especially if it’s been a while since you used your fireplace last. 

Once the pilot has lighted, hold the control knob for 15 to 20 seconds and make sure that the flame stays lit. This will give you a chance to adjust the flame height, which is helpful for controlling the size of the fire. Some models will have numbers that correlate to different flame heights, while others simply have an “on” position and high or low options. 

Some models will also have a separate button or dial for the spark ignition. If yours does, follow the procedure outlined in the manufacturer’s manual for this process. 

Before lighting your pilot, open windows and doors to allow the air in your home to circulate. This will help the gas to extinguish and reduce any lingering smells that could be caused by excess gas in your home. 

You can also remove the outer cover of your fireplace, which will provide access to the burners and pilot. This will give you a better view of the pilot and a more convenient method of starting the fire. 

A fireplace key is another option to use if your gas fireplace doesn’t have an electronic ignition or pilot. Most fireplace keys are designed to be inserted into a small slot near the fireplace. Some keys are permanently installed in the wall and require a special tool to unlock. You can purchase a replacement key at most home improvement stores. 

Many modern gas fireplaces feature a special control panel that manages the standing pilot light. This can be difficult to find, but you can remove the fireplace screen or forefront for easier access. 

When you’re ready to light your pilot, open the access panel and find a control knob that’s labeled Pilot or “Valve Control.” Most gas valves will have a knob marked “On,” “Off” or “Pilot.” Once you find this knob, turn it from the “off” to the “pilot” position. Then, push in the knob to send gas into your system and then push the ignitor button once every two or three seconds until the flame ignites.