Without power, how to light a propane fireplace? 

Propane fireplaces are an excellent source of heat during power outages. However, lighting them can be a challenge when there is no power. In this article, we will go through the steps to light a propane fireplace without power. 

Step 1: Check for Gas Leaks. 

Before lighting a propane fireplace, it is crucial to check for gas leaks. Turn off the gas supply and wait for a few minutes. If you smell gas, do not attempt to light the fireplace. Leave the area and call a professional for help. 

Step 2: Locate the Ignition Switch or Pilot Light. 

Most propane fireplaces have an ignition switch or a pilot light that is used to light the fire. Find the location of the ignition switch or the pilot light. 

Step 3: Turn Off the Gas Supply. 

If the gas supply to the fireplace is on, turn it off before proceeding. This will prevent gas from flowing into the fireplace before it is ignited. 

Step 4: Igniting the Pilot Light. 

To light the pilot light, locate the pilot light assembly. This is usually located near the gas valve. Turn the knob to “pilot” and press and hold the knob down. This will allow gas to flow to the pilot light. While holding the knob down, use a lighter or a match to light the pilot light. 

Step 5: Turn On the Fireplace. 

Once the pilot light is lit, turn the knob to the “on” position. This will allow gas to flow to the main burner. The fireplace should now ignite. Adjust the flame using the control knob. 

Step 6: Turn Off the Fireplace. 

To turn off the fireplace, turn the knob to the “off” position. This will stop the flow of gas to the main burner. Wait for the fireplace to cool down before turning off the pilot light. 

Tips for Lighting a Propane Fireplace Without Power: 

  • Keep a supply of matches or lighters on hand in case of a power outage. 
  • Have a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector installed near the fireplace to monitor carbon monoxide levels. 
  • Make sure the fireplace is properly ventilated to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide. 
  • Have a professional inspect the fireplace regularly to ensure it is in good working order. 
  • Keep flammable materials away from the fireplace to prevent fires. 


Lighting a propane fireplace without power is possible but requires caution and proper technique. Follow the steps outlined in this article to safely light a propane fireplace. Remember to always prioritize safety and have a professional inspect the fireplace regularly to prevent potential hazards.