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Gas log lighters can ignite a toasty blaze in no time - even if the power is out! With a simple connection to a professionally installed fuel line (natural gas or propane) and the turn of a valve key, gas is delivered into the pipe. Using a long-stemmed lighter, you can ignite the fuel as it escapes from the precision-drilled port holes and have your wood kindled in seconds! We have a great selection of stainless steel and cast iron gas log lighters, designed by top manufacturers in the fireplace industry, such as Dante and Blue Flame.
We can answer that question for you! First, please know that it is important to place a grate over your log lighter. This will keep the firewood and flames away from the starter pipe and avoid damage. Typically, a gas log lighter should be the same length as the width of your fireplace log grate. Depending on the type of fireplace you have (masonry or prefab), the clearances from the grate and starter pipe to the interior walls of the firebox will be different. However, even a small log lighter will do the trick, since it's sole purpose is to assist in lighting fire wood. Once the flames are going, the gas flow should be shut off.
Determining log lighter size for masonry fireplaces: There is no minimum clearance from the firebox walls to the log grate, which means the width of the log grate is up to the homeowner's preference. For example, if a masonry fireplace opening is 37 inches wide, the homeowner may choose a log grate that is 36 inches wide. Therefore, the maximum length of the gas log lighter should also be 36 inches long. However, we typically recommend a 3 inch clearance on all sides of the log grate just to be on the safe side.
Determining log lighter size for wood burning zero clearance fireplaces: In this case, the distance between the firebox walls and the log grate is much more restricted. If the prefab fireplace has a back width of 37 inches wide, you would need to subtract 6 inches to allow for clearance on both sides of the grate. Therefore, the fireplace grate can only measure a maximum of 31 inches, and the gas log lighter must be no longer than 31 inches wide.
For more information on installing a gas log lighter in your wood burning fireplace, please CLICK HERE to read our blog article on this subject, which includes a free infographic!
Gas log lighters are not meant to be used as a decorative gas appliance. It is simply intended to ignite fireplace logs and should be shut off once your wood is burning.
It's a satisfying feeling to see flames dance across fresh cut logs in your fireplace - especially if getting those logs lit was a quick and easy chore. Those of us that burn wood, though, know that building a good fire can take time, patience, and a lot of kindling. Fireplace log lighters can be a convenient alternative to the classic fire starting practices. We've compiled a list of the pros and cons of log lighters to let you be the judge if one is right for you.
In order to have a log lighter in your wood burning fireplace, you'll need to install a gas line to your fireplace. A natural gas or liquid propane hard line will need to be installed by a certified gas technician, adding to your initial prep costs, along with the materials for the installation: gas line, elbows, nipples, valve, key, flange.
Just set the logs on the wood grate over the log lighter, turn the key to open the gas line, toss in a lit match, and the fire lights around your logs. After the logs have caught on fire, turn the valve key to close the gas line, and enjoy the crackling wood fire before you.
As with any gas product, we must caution you to carefully follow the operating instructions. For your safety, ensure that the gas line is fully shut off when not in use. A fireplace grate is needed to hold your logs above your fire starter, preventing the logs from damaging it.
Lighting fires the old way could take a long time. Just when you'd think your fire was finally lit, it would fizzle out and you'd have to start over again. With a fireplace log lighter you'll get strong flames immediately that will easily catch your logs on fire.
Misuse of this product - by using it as a gas burner instead of a fire starter, can cause permanent damage to a zero clearance fireplace. It is unsafe to use the log lighter as a fireplace burner. It is intended to only be used for a short period of time - creating the flames needed to fully light the logs in your fireplace.
Wondering how to perform routine maintenance and prepare your gas log lighter for the fire burning season? CLICK HERE to read more about our recommendations for log lighter maintenance!
We hope we've helped you come to a decision whether a log lighter is right for you and your home. These are just a few of the pros and cons that we came up with. Do you know of any others? Let us know in the comments.
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