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How to Light a Gas Log Pilot

Gas log fireplaces are a nice alternative to traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Unlike other alternatives, such as chip-burning stoves, gas logs offer the look of natural wood. The logs fit in the same space that wood usually goes without the need of a bulky box or stove or mess. The gas is lit by a pilot light, which can go out. Here's how to light the pilot light to keep your flame burning and your room warm.

Things You'll Need

  • Long lighter
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  1. Electric Igniter

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      Find the gas control valve. It could be in a number of places, including behind an access panel, attached to the log set, behind louvers or in a compartment under the firebox floor.

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      Find the gas supply shutoff. If it is turned off, turn it to the on position.

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      Find the ignition button and press it. You should hear a click and possibly a hiss.

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      Turn the gas valve to the pilot position and push the ignition button every 10 seconds until there is a flame, holding it for 30 seconds after the flame is lit.

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      Turn the gas valve to the on position.

    Pilot without an Electric Igniter

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      Turn safety valves on.

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      Turn gas off by pushing in on the knob and turning it clockwise to the off position.

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      Clear air from the gas line by waiting five minutes after turning the gas off.

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      Turn the control knob to pilot by turning counterclockwise.

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      Ignite the lighter, place it over the pilot and push the control knob in completely, and hold. Hold the knob one minute after the pilot is lit.

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      Release the knob and turn the control knob to the on position by turning the knob counterclockwise.