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How to Light Your Gas Fireplace Pilot

It’s important to understand how your gas fireplace or appliance works to ensure it’s ready for use when you need it. If you’re not sure if the gas is on at your house or not, then you must first call your gas company. You should always check the gas first, next check the flame for the pilot, and then the on/off knob. Gas fireplaces are simple, which is why they are very popular among homeowners, realtors, hotels and inns.

Gas Appliances

roaring fire from a gas fireplace Many homeowners are afraid of gas appliances, sure that the gas will leak into the home. This is possible, of course, but not as likely as many assume. In fact, if you use your gas appliance according to the owner’s manual and have it properly maintained on a regular basis, you shouldn’t have a problem at all. One way that gas may leak into the house is if the gas is on, but the pilot is not lit. Newer models may not make this possible, but it’s important to light the pilot properly on all models to avoid a dangerous problem.

Lighting the Pilot

There are a few types of gas appliances out there. We have gas fireplaces, log sets, and stoves. All of them require a pilot light to work. The good news is that once the pilot is lit, you don’t need to worry about it again until the next spring.

  1. Find the pilot and controls. Ideally, the fireplace controls are out of sight, so you need to find them. This information is in your owner’s guide, but you can also look around. They are usually near the floor of the fireplace, behind the metal grate or plate.
  2. Locate the pilot or ignition switch. If you have an ignition switch, lighting your pilot is as easy as the push of a button. However, if you don’t, you’ll need to light the pilot with a long-handled lighter.
  3. Find the control knob. It should have settings such as “on”, “off”, and “pilot”, like the knobs you’d find on a gas stove. If the control knob is on any setting other than “off”, you must burn it off for several minutes before proceeding to light.
  4. If you have an ignition button, you can press it one time every second until the pilot lights. This process may take several seconds if the fireplace has been off for a long time. If there is no ignition button, hold the lighted flame beneath the pilot burner while pushing and holding the control knob in. When you see the pilot light is burning steadily, turn the control knob to the “on” position.

Once your fireplace pilot is properly lit, you can go on and use your fireplace. There are many benefits to a gas fireplace, such as supplemental heat during the winter. You can have the fireplace of your dreams when you get a gas appliance from The Cozy Flame, call a Comfort Consultant today at 203-283-4459 to get started!

How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace?

When it comes to your hearth, deciding on the best appliance and the look you want is the hardest part. The type of appliance you choose can determine the life of your fireplace. How often it need maintenance? How safe it is? How convenient it is? All of these factors and more will play into your decision, and now is the time to start thinking about it.

The Purpose of Your Fireplace

How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameIs your fireplace the main focal point of your living space? What do you really want out of your fireplace? Does it need to be more beautiful than functional? If you’re looking for a fireplace that helps with zone heating and help bring down your utility bill, then you should choose a direct vent insert.

Vented and vent free gas log sets do not provide the heat necessary to properly zone heat. Zone heating allows the homeowner to lower the thermostat temperature in the house, and use the fireplace to heat certain areas of the home. Do you have limited space for your appliance? Depending on the size of your space and the shape, we can help you determine the kind of gas fireplace that is right for you.

Vent and Vent-Free Gas Logs

Gas logs are becoming popular among homeowners, and they are more realistic and beautiful than ever. Many gas logs feature realistic details down to the knots and checks in the logs. The log sets with yellow flames are the most realistic option, and these need to be vented due to the release of harmful gases. Vent-free log sets have a blue flame that isn’t as realistic as the yellow flame, but it still produces a good amount of heat and safe for indoor use. These log sets are also easier to install, since they don’t require a vent or chimney to burn. Many homeowners are upgrading to log sets, and if the chimney is in disrepair, a vent-free log set is perfect.

Direct Vent Insert

Whether your chimney is in good shape or not, or even if you don’t have one, a direct vent insert is the best option. Direct-Vent inserts are a completely closed unit that can be installed anywhere in your home. The intake and the vent for the unit can be through a wall, ceiling, or floor, which means it can go anywhere. Your can choose a direct vent fireplace that is contemporary, traditional, or anything in between.

A Cozy (Gas) Flame

When you work with The Cozy Flame to choose your new gas fireplace appliance, you have the benefit of professional experience. One of our associates can help you pick out the best appliance for your needs. Gas fireplaces are such a wonderful investment.  They’re convenient, affordable, environmentally-friendly, safe and beautiful!

The Cozy Flame also sells wood-burning and pellet stoves in addition to our gas fireplaces. Stop by our showroom at 116-Q Research Dr. or give us a call at 203-283-4459 to learn more.

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