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Log Lighters

Fireplace log lighters can be your trusted gas fireplace starters

Starting a wood-burning fire has never been so easy with the help of an efficient gas fireplace starter!

Getting your wood fireplace started could take a very long time. And, after lighting up the logs, you may get the fire going good before it slowly dies off and you will have to light it up again. However, gas fireplace starters can be a reliable and convenient substitute for fire-starting practices.

Gas fireplace starters can be your trusted fire starters even with a power outage. With a connection to a professionally installed fuel line (either natural gas or propane) and the turn of a valve key, gas is delivered into the pipe.

T Style Blue Flame Log Lighter For Natural Gas
Using a long-stemmed lighter, you can ignite the fuel as it escapes from the precision-drilled portholes and has your wood kindled in seconds!

Here at Fireplace Doors Online, we have a huge selection of steel, cast iron, and stainless steel gas-based fireplace log lighters from fireplace manufacturers like Dante and Blue Flame.

Advantages of Using Gas Fireplace Starters:

  • No more twisting, crumbling, and stuffing papers in between the logs
  • You do not need to cut off scraps of wood for kindling
  • You don’t have to make a little fire starter with dryer lint and candle wax
  • You can simply set up the logs over the log lighter, rotate the key to turn on the gas and the fire will quickly light up. Once your fire is going, simply rotate the valve key to lock the gas line and enjoy the crackling wood fire
  • Fireplace log lighters work immediately and can easily get your fire started

Important Reminders When Using Gas Fireplace Starters:

  1. Installation of a gas line is required for your fireplace. You will need to contact a certified gas technician to properly install a natural gas or liquid propane hard line. The materials needed for installation are gas lines, elbows, nipples, valves, keys, and flange.
  2. Always check and make sure that the gas line is turned off when not in use. We strongly advise that you thoroughly and strictly follow the operating guide. Also, you will need to use a fireplace grate to support the logs above your fire starter.
  3. Never be confused by using your fireplace log lighter as a gas burner; this can cause serious damage to a zero clearance fireplace. Fireplace log lighters are fire starters, NOT gas burners.

You should only use a log lighter to light the fire, not keep it on. The only time you need these fireplace log lighters is when you are going to light up the logs inside the fireplace.


Recommended Types of Gas Fireplace Starters:

Fireplace log lighters made out of cast iron has a very high heat tolerance and it has the special capability to resist even the hottest fire. And it is because cast iron is a very durable and strong metal that makes itself the most reliable material for a fireplace log lighter.

Fireplace log lighters that are made of cast iron also offer an ash protection baffle. However, a fireplace log lighter that is made out of steel only has a standard starter pipe without an ash protection baffle.

But on the positive side, steel log lighters are normally more affordable than cast iron.

Essential Materials Needed for your Gas Fireplace Starters:

Universal Gas Valve Keys

A gas fireplace key replacement is an affordable option with Fireplace Doors Online! Each key in our collection will fit 1/4 or 5/16 inch valve stems.

These universal gas valve keys are also designed to connect with both round (ball) and square (globe) valves and are crafted from zinc die-cast alloy. Valve keys are an important component of any gas-fueled appliance.

Whether you've misplaced your key or just prefer an update, we have 3, 8, 12, 18, and 24-inch sizes available.

3 Inch Universal Gas Valve Key Antique Copper
Choose from several elegant finishes that will surely match any decor! We also carry our very own universal key extender with an 18-inch stem!

Note:

Gas valves should never be installed inside the firebox! All valves must be situated outside the fireplace and within 6 feet of the fireplace opening. We highly recommend having a certified gas professional complete this installation process for you.

Escutcheons

Fireplace Doors Online has a selection of affordable escutcheon plates for you to choose from! Our fireplace gas valve covers are the metal plates and stem that safeguard the shut-off valve located on the floor or wall nearest your fireplace. Combined with a valve key, they allow you to easily turn your gas on and off.

Select the finish that best matches your valve key and decor. Each of these components is made of zinc die-cast alloy and has a top diameter of 2 1/8 inch. The 1-inch wide shaft is 2 1/16 inches long. These Dante escutcheons fit 1/2 inch valve threads.

These decorative valve covers are as beautiful as they are functional. The Blue Flame Universal escutcheons fit 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch valve threads. The escutcheons keep water from leaking in and around the assembly.

In the fireplace realm, a gas valve safety cover is commonly called an escutcheon. It is a decorative plate that screws onto and covers up the valve stem on your gas assembly.

When you place the end of a valve key into the opening of the plate, you can easily control the flow of natural gas or propane from your fuel line to your feature, be it a fireplace, log lighter, a fire pit, or bowl. Some of these plates are designed to fit over 1/2" threaded valves, while others are made for 3/4" valves (this size is used in conjunction with high capacity gas features).

Gas Valve Kits

Our supply of gas valve kits includes the components you need for your gas fireplace control valve! The keys and escutcheons are available in an array of beautiful, decorative finishes and include either a straight or angled valve.

Machined or forged from solid brass stock, these AGA certified valves are constructed with ½" pipe thread fittings. We also have additional components and single brass valves available! Choose from our collection of exceptionally affordable fireplace valve kits to match your decor!

Dante Antique Copper Angled Quarter-Turn Shut-Off Valve Kit
Antique copper is perfect if you like the look of rose gold! Not too many people will notice this around your fireplace, but you will and you should like what you see too!

Note:

Do not install gas valves inside the firebox of your heat source! All valves must be situated outside the fire structure and within 6 feet of the fireplace opening. We highly recommend having a certified gas professional complete this installation process for you.

Possible Causes for Gas Valve Leakage:

Even valves that are labeled "bubble-tight" or "zero leakage" are not always 100% leak-free. A gas valve leak can emit natural gas or propane into the air and pose safety and environmental threats.

A leak could even remain within your piping system and cause a hazard to your fire feature and gas lines/connections. Either way, a leak is never good and must be tended to immediately.

If you smell gas coming from your fire feature when it is not in use, check for the following:

  1. Is the valve fully closed? (The handle would be perpendicular to the valve, or when inserting the key into the escutcheon, it would point to the OFF position on the plate.)
  2. Is the valve visibly damaged? (Any type of damage to the valve or connections will cause leakage.)
  3. For newly installed gas features, is the valve the correct size? (Selecting a valve that is too big is the most common cause of leakage. We recommend having a certified gas professional connect your feature to ensure the correct component has been installed.)

Ways to Avoid Gas Valve Leakage:

Other than selecting the appropriate size valve for your project, another way to help stop leakage is to simply perform regular inspections of your setup. Early detection is the best prevention. Let us walk you through an easy DIY diagnostic test!

  1. Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few tablespoons of dishwashing soap.
  2. Adjust the spray nozzle to "STREAM" so that you get a sharp immersion of water onto the valve; wet it thoroughly with the solution. The "STREAM" setting will also allow the soapy mixture to reach into any areas that are not easily accessible.
  3. Turn on the gas and check for bubbles.
  4. Small bubbles resembling foam that form at the valve connection indicate a small leak, which is usually not a cause for major concern. Larger bubbles indicate a greater issue and should be relayed to your gas professional immediately!
  5. For small leaks, a majority of the time this can be fixed by tightening the connection. Wipe off the solution and then tighten the fitting with a pipe wrench.
  6. Apply a new stream of the mixture and recheck. If you are still seeing bubbles and have tightened the fitting completely, you may want to have a gas professional inspect your setup.

Effective Ways to Clean Your Fireplace Starter Pipe:

  1. Before attempting to clean your fireplace starter pipe, make sure that the fireplace log lighter system has cooled down completely, and then simply turn off the gas supply.
  2. Remove the ashes on your fireplace using a vacuum.
  3. Gently remove the starter pipe or cast log lighter out of the firebox, and make sure that the ash will not be able to have contact with any exposed gas supply lines or valves.
  4. Once the fireplace log lighter is removed, you can put some masking tape onto the area of the gas supply or valve to avoid scattered ashes from entering inside.
  5. When cleaning the fireplace starter pipe, scattering of ashes would most probably happen, so you are advised to put on a mask to help protect your respiratory system. It is also advisable to clean your fireplace starter pipe outdoors or inside a well-ventilated place.
  6. You can carefully hit the fireplace log lighter against a wall or any surface to remove the ashes from the interior. To release any internal buildup, it is sometimes advisable to use a piece of heavy wire.
  7. After thoroughly cleaning the interior, immediately inspect the holes in the starter pipe. Sometimes, debris can be seen and it clogs the hole. You can use a piece of wire, wooden skewer, or any type of pipe cleaners to remove the debris.
  8. Make sure that there are no ashes left in the holes or the fireplace log lighter itself before repositioning it.
  9. Gently pull out the masking tapes from the gas supply. Connect them back together and check the fireplace log lighter operation.

Determining What Size Gas Log Lighter You’ll Need:

Please know that it is important to place a wood 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 is between 12" and 17" in length.

But we do have sizes up to 36" available for those that would like a long log lighter. Some people suggest that the log lighter should be the same length as the width of your fireplace log grate. Again, this depends on the customer's choice. However, even a small log lighter will do the trick, since its sole purpose is to assist in lighting firewood.

Once the flames are going, the gas flow should be shut off.

PLEASE NOTE:

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.


Check out this video! How to install your gas log lighter in a fireplace!


FAQs

The flap on the side of the log lighter is for mixing a proper ratio of air with natural gas or propane.What is the flap on the side of the log lighter used for?

  • The flap on the side of the log lighter is for mixing a proper ratio of air with natural gas or propane. Things such as supply pressure and altitude can change how the gas burns. It may become too weak, too strong, or even too yellow and dirty, so a bit of oxygen may be added or removed via the air mixing port to correct these symptoms.
     

Do I need an air mixer to use propane?

  • If your fireplace or burner is a natural gas unit that can be converted to liquid propane, you will need an air mixer. These devices use the pressure of the fuel line and added air to transform the liquid into a fine mist that acts similar to the natural gas. PLEASE NOTE: not all gas units can be converted to liquid propane! It is important to know this before obtaining propane components. Please consult with a certified gas professional before attempting this conversion on your own.
     

What is the difference between cast iron log lighters and steel fireplace log lighters?

  • Cast iron is a very resilient metal and makes a perfect material for a fireplace starter system. This is because cast iron has a very high tolerance for heat and possess the ability to withstand even the hottest fires. We offer a few models of log lighters that are made entirely from cast iron. These models also feature an ash protection baffle with better orifices than a standard steel starter. Steel fireplace lighters on the other hand feature a standard starter pipe without an ash baffle.  The advantage is that steel models are usually less costly than cast iron.
     

How do I clean a gas fireplace starter pipe?

  • Let the log lighter system cool completely and turn the gas supply OFF.
  • Vacuum or clean the ashes out of your fireplace.
  • Next, the starter pipe or cast log lighter must be removed from the firebox, being careful not to allow ash into any exposed gas supply lines or valves.
  • After the lighter is removed, a piece of masking tape can be placed over the end of the gas supply or valve to prevent debris from entering.
  • Because ash buildup will be present, we advise you to use a mask for respiratory protection. Cleaning is best performed in outside or well-ventilated area.
  • The log lighter can be tapped against a surface to knock the ash out from inside the log lighter. Sometimes a piece of heavy wire is needed to loosen any internal buildup.
  • Once the inside is cleaned out to your liking, check the holes in the starter pipe. You can use another piece of wire or even a wooden skewer to poke out debris from any clogged holes. (you can also try pipe cleaners)
  • Before you re-install the lighter, ensure there is no ash remaining in the holes or the lighter itself.
  • Remove the masking tape from the gas supply, reconnect, and test the operation of the log lighter.
     

Are there valves for these fireplace log lighters?

What starter can I use with my outdoor fireplace or wood fire pit?

  • In general, we recommend a stainless steel log starter for your outdoor fireplace or wood fire pit. This is because stainless will not rust in the elements like other standard steels and cast iron will. Also, the high heat of a fire will expedite the rusting and degradation process if the log starter is not a stainless model. Choosing a stainless log lighter is the right choice for any outdoor fire application. Click here for more information on using a log lighter in your outdoor fire feature!