How to Set Up a Gas Fireplace 

A gas fireplace is a great way to add heat and warmth to any home. These units are easy to use, they don’t require cleaning ashes or smoke, and they can be easily adjusted to fit any temperature. However, there are a few steps to take before you can light up your new fireplace. 

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First, you need to remove all of your existing firebox components. This will include the front, screen, logs, and grates. You can do this by hiring a licensed contractor to do the job for you or by performing it yourself. 

Next, you will need to run a new line from your home’s main gas meter to the insert. This can involve a few feet or fifty feet of pipe depending on the location. It’s important to make sure that the line is connected correctly so that no one will accidentally shut it off. 

After the line is hooked up, it’s time to set up your new gas fireplace. Follow the instructions that came with your unit. 

Some gas fireplaces have a control knob to adjust the height of the flames. These are easy to use and can be stored in a handy place near your fireplace. 

Others use a metal key that you can control by inserting it into a slot located somewhere near the fireplace. This is often on the floor or on the wall to the left or right of the fireplace. 

If your unit has a key control, insert the key into the slot and turn it until the valve closes. This will open the gas valve and allow the pilot to light. 

Once the pilot is lit, you can begin to build a fire. Many people like to use ceramic logs that are designed to burn at a lower temperature than traditional wood logs. These are available at most home improvement stores. 

It’s best to leave the biggest ceramic logs on the bottom and then arrange smaller logs on top of them. The logs should be spaced about 2 inches apart. 

The size of the ceramic logs you choose will depend on the size of your fireplace and the amount of heat that you want to distribute. If you want a very large fire, you may need to use larger ceramic logs. 

You can also use natural-looking wood logs that are made to look and smell like a real log fire. These are available in a variety of styles and colors, so you can find one that fits your style and budget. 

If you have a wall-mounted electronic ignition system, you can start your gas fireplace by pressing the ‘On’ button on your unit’s control panel. This should ignite the pilot, which you can then adjust to a desired flame height. 

Inspect your pilot light from time to time. This is a great way to ensure that it’s working properly and to fix any problems that might arise. 

Some fireplaces also have a high/low button or screw that you can adjust to control the height of the flames.