Depending on how long it has been since you used the gas fireplace, it can take a while to get it started.

The ignition may take multiple attempts tooThe pilot systems are the best reasons when a gas fireplace does not turn on by itself, and they may fail to light upChecking the main valves and gas valves to make sure things are fine is the basic step.

How to Turn on Outdoor Gas Fireplaces?

To understand the basics of what a fireplace is and how it looks, and how to light it, watch this introductory video on YouTube. Placing all your things outside to light a fireplace is a great idea. First, there is no pilot and unlike a gas heater, a gas fireplace does not require piloting. It also means a lot more work every time, because you have to start from scratch. Some models do have piezoelectric spark generators, and if that is available it is a good start already.

  • The cozy ambiance pictured by a fireplace in the open, in the outdoors can make evening great. But, if you do not know the process, the whole vent can turn itself into a problem. Remember the first rule is always to start the fire pit by getting the flame on. It does so with a bang if it is propane or natural gas.
  • Irrespective of whether your fire pit has a piezoelectric starter or something else, always keep in mind to keep the gas valves off before opening the valve on the actual tank. The gas control should always be ‘Off’. These are marked in red, but they may be located behind access panels, and have a rod or a knob to turn them on and off.

Models with Piezoelectric Starters

  • For models with piezoelectric starters, the process is gentle. First, you have to press the piezoelectric button, and this is the ‘Red’ button. It is next to the control knob. When you hear some clicks it means that sparks are now alive.
  • Then, you have to push the knob inside, and turn it in ‘On’ position. In this position, you have to release the spark button, and as soon as this happens you should see the flames bursting in the fireplace. Remember, that the control valve or the knob is still in ‘On’.
  • Controlling the control knob is a difficult thing for many. Here, you have to keep pressing it for up to 40 seconds before the thermocouple becomes hot and warms up enough. Once this is done, you can release it. But, this means that the fire might go out too. If the fire goes out, repeat the complete ignition process from the start. However, this time holds the control knob a little bit longer.

How to Turn on Gas Fireplaces without Key?

Igniting with or without a key is not a disaster always. It is more about convenience. If you look over the instruction manual of your fireplace, you can find out that every fireplace is different and various models come with various convenience features. To know the ins and outs of your model, you must know the dangers, possibilities, and remedies if things go wrong.

  • For both safety reasons, remove the outer covering, and this is the front covering usually that covers the hood. This separates the fire chamber from the rest of the fireplace. To ignite the pilot, you will need to completely open the cover, and remove it. As these panels are made of glass these days, you can lay them in a safe area.
  • Then, comes the difficult part. You have to put the knob inside by pressing it hard. If you have a key, this becomes easier. Put the fireplace key into the device’s gas valve, and this turns in on or off. This is usually located on the left or rightmost panels. Once the key is in, you should not turn it on instantly, but prepare your lighter and go gently.
  • Whether the light is active or not, you can move the gas valves a little by turning them counter-clockwise. This will release some gas into the fireplace. This causes the flames to build up and the pilot fire burns. If the fire starts burning stray particles, move quickly, and stop the flares.

Safety Tips

  • If you cannot understand the process, replace the outer cover immediately to not allow more gas to leak into your room, and this can save any potential fire.
  • Usually, when you hold the lighter long enough, near the burner, this should light up the fireplace, but the control knob that comes with or without a key plays an active role. Always keep your hand away from the fireplace because sudden bursts of flames can be dangerous. Always place the head of the light near the device’s burner, and pull the trigger several times.

How to Turn on Gas Fireplaces with Wall Switch?

A wall switch acts as the knob but on a wall. It should work just like tapping an igniter several times as it controls the gas and the sparks. Usually, to turn a gas fireplace with a wall switch, you have to press your finger, and over the center of the control knob. Hold it for some time, and hit the fireplace’s ignition wall switch. This is an atypically hassle-free process. You do not have to worry about sparks, pilot fires, and all. You do not have to hold a lighter and do anything else.

  • As the wall switch acts as the igniter, you have to tap or press it several times till the fires start to burn. At times, this can take a while. If it does not, then quickly turn the control knob off, and let the gas leak stop.
  • If the fire does not burn and the control valves are on, the gas can accumulate. When the outer covering is on, it will not escape into the room, which is a good thing.
  • When the pilot ignites by turning the switch of the trigger ‘On’ and ‘Off’ repeatedly, it helps make the fireplace warm and good enough. The pilot also helps burn the remaining gas and burn down the stray particles. You must understand how a switch works, to use it properly.
  • There is a thermocouple inside the gas fireplace that controls the temperature. When the pilot fire heats it, and it generates a very small electric current, usually in the range of milli-volts the magic happens. When you turn the wall switch on and off, it turns on a milli-volt gas valve, and this helps control some of the manual things.

How to Turn on Gas Fireplace with Remote?

When the igniter does not work with manual settings, you can also use a remote. In this case, you just have to press the remote once, and the steps above are repeated until the pilot is burning. The control for all these valves is also in the remote, and you can choose the settings beforehand. This avoids any unnecessary damage or manual override.

How to Light a Gas Fireplace without Igniter?

Turning a fireplace without an igniter means using the traditional means. This means doing something like this, and it is not dangerous but needs skill. Usually, if you know the gas and leakage instructions, you can keep yourself safe. Holding the matches from a safe distance is one such practice.

Can a Gas Fireplace Turn on by Itself?

When the gas fireplace has an electric starter the thermopile acts as the generator which keeps the electricity just enough to keep the fire up. Even if you disconnect the valves, and the mains, if the fireplace was burning, it will continue to burn for some time. It will also start by itself which is a good thing in this case. But, always using this as a starting mechanism is not a recommended idea, as it can be dangerous.

Tips

  • In most cases removing the fireplace, the cover is simply pulling it off without any hassle.
  • If you turn on the key and light it up instantly, you might release dangerous amounts of gas and fill up your room. For outdoors this is not that dangerous, but indoors can be disastrous.
  • Turning a fireplace on by itself can be a dangerous idea, for regular use.

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