How to Start a Propane Fireplace? 

Whether you have an old propane fireplace or a newer model, there are some simple steps you need to take in order to start the fire. These steps can help you avoid costly repairs down the road. 

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Start the Pilot Light: 

First, you need to ensure that your shutoff valve is opened and working properly. If it is not, no matter how hard you try, your fireplace will not work. To open the shutoff valve, locate it on your gas line and twist it until it is parallel to the pipe – allowing fuel to enter the fireplace. 

If your gas valve is closed or the shutoff valve is stuck, you need to check with your utility company to find out what the problem is and fix it. If it is not the shutoff valve, it is probably the gas line supplying fuel to your fireplace. If the gas line is faulty, call your gas provider or an electrician to make repairs. 

Turn on the Fireplace Controls:

Once you have reconnected the gas hose, turn on the fireplace controls and let them run for about 5 minutes. This is to allow any excess or lingering gas to clear out. 

You should also open the windows and doors to ventilate the room. This will help you prevent a buildup of gas inside the house, as well as prevent damage to furniture and flooring. 

Clean the Burners and Air Inlet:

Before you light your fireplace, be sure to clean it of debris. You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove loose dust, and a can of compressed air to dislodge any dirt that is stuck in the burners. 

Soot is a common concern for many people who own a propane fireplace. The soot that is produced by the flames can be a health hazard, particularly for those who live in areas where air quality is poor. 

Aside from this, soot can block the chimney and airflow, causing problems with the flames. This can lead to the need for frequent cleaning and relighting of the pilot light, or the putting out of the fire altogether. 

If you need to relight your pilot light, follow these instructions: 

1. Locate the key valve:

Before starting any fireplace, you should always check the location of the gas valve. The gas valve will typically be a round, decorative slot near the base of your fireplace. If the slot is too difficult to reach, enlist a friend to help you. 

2. Locate the ignition system:

If your fireplace uses a manual or spark ignition, then you will need to press the knob that is labeled “on” and “pilot.” Some models will have numbers that correlate with different flame heights. Some have only one setting for “pilot.” Whatever the case may be, rotate your control knob to the pilot position and hold it in for about five seconds. 

3. Relight the Pilot Light:

If you have a propane fireplace that requires a pilot light, you can relight it yourself. This is a simple procedure that should only take about 15 to 30 seconds to do so. Depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, you can use the key valve or a lighter to do this.