A gas fireplace key replacement is an affordable option with Fireplace Doors Online! Each Dante product in our collection is backed by a 1-year manufacturer's warranty and 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. We also carry our very own universal key extender with an 18-inch stem! Valve keys are an important component to any gas fueled appliance. Whether you've misplaced your key or just prefer an update, we have 3 and 8 inch models available in a number of elegant finishes that will surely match any décor!
Gas valves should never be installed within 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.
WHAT DOES A GAS VALVE KEY DO?
Your valve key is an integral part of the valve assemblage. Without it, you would have no way to turn the gas supply to your fire feature on and off. Valve keys are used in conjunction with an escutcheon, which is located either on the wall next to your feature (it can be on the left or right hand side) or on the floor next to your fire feature:
The location of your escutcheon can be configured either way for both indoor and outdoor features, but it will really depend on the construction of your living space and how the gas lines are situated.
Valve keys can be used for a variety of different gas features: fireplaces, log lighters in outdoor wood burning fire pits, fire bowls, and fire tables. Simply insert the key into the escutcheon (which is the protective cover for your gas valve stem), then twist the key in order to open and close the valve. Remember to apply the rule "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey" - turning the key to the left will open the valve (turn on the gas). Afterwards, you'll simply turn the key to the right to close the valve (shut off the gas).
WHAT ARE DECORATIVE GAS VALVE KEYS MADE OF?
Our Dante universal gas valve keys are made from Zamak #3 zinc die-cast alloy. It is the most widely used in North America, and is a first choice for many manufacturers when considering a zinc alloy for a couple of reasons:
After the keys have been made, they are casted in a thermoplastic compound before being finalized in one of six finish colors (brass, flat black, chrome, antique copper, pewter, or satin nickel).
DOES MY VALVE KEY NEED TO BE A CERTAIN SIZE?
Depending on how much access you have to your key valve, you may need one of two sizes. If your escutcheon is well within reach and easily accessible, a 3 inch key would be perfect. However, if your access space is quite narrow, you may want to get a longer key to make turning the valve easier.
WHAT SIZE VALVE STEMS WILL THESE KEYS FIT?
Regardless of which size you choose, these universal keys by Dante will fit both 1/4 inch and 5/16 inch stems on any of the gas ball valves that we offer.