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.
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. We carry both natural gas and propane log lighters.
Advantages of Using Gas Fireplace Starters:
Important Reminders When Using Gas Fireplace Starters:
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. The gas can be turned off as soon as the fire is established.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
These kits serve as a log lighter valve, which attach to the main gas line and control the flow of gas to the log lighter. All log lighters need a control valve for operation, as a log lighter could not be connect to the main line without one.
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:
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!
Effective Ways to Clean Your Fireplace Starter Pipe
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.
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.
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