Gas Insert Fireplace

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Your Guide to Lighting a Gas Fireplace Pilot Light

There’s a reason gas fireplaces are becoming more and more popular for homeowners today. The joy of having a gas fireplace is truly in the ease it brings to everyone. Who wants to go out in the cold to chop wood, haul it inside and get messy while doing it?

Most gas fireplaces have a standing pilot light, which is a small flame that burns at all times. This makes the fireplace easy to start when it’s cold outside, but when the weather gets warmer, it’s a good idea to know how to shut it off for energy conservation. When that happens, you’ll also need to know how to restart come the next cold season. The procedure isn’t exactly the same for all models but for most, the steps are the same.

First Steps

Remove the decorative cover from the fireplace to reveal the gas controls at the bottom of the unit. There, you should be able to see a gas shut-off valve. Turn the handle parallel to the direction of the gas pipes to turn the gas on. If you don’t see the valve, it is probably behind the fireplace. Follow the same process. Be sure to then pull the fixed glass assembly off of the fireplace. This is an important safety precaution that prevents the buildup of gas should the pilot be difficult to light.

Turning it On

Locate the gas control knob. Just above it, you should see a red or black push button, which means that the unit has a piezoelectric spark mechanism. Press the button once or twice to verify that there is a spark at the end of the pilot tube. If you don’t see this button, you might need to light the flame manually. Turn the gas control until the “pilot” setting lines up with the hash mark on the outer rim of the control. Push the button in while you push the starter. If the pilot doesn’t light, wait 10 seconds and push again. Continue doing this until it gets started.

Getting it Lit

Now comes the part that makes the gas fireplace so convenient, lighting the flame. Light the flame with a match or long-barreled lighter if there is no piezoelectric control. Hold the gas control button down while you hold the end of a lighted match or lighter at the end of the pilot tube. The pilot should start as soon as the flame becomes close enough.

Hold the pilot button down for about 20 seconds to give the thermocouple time to heat up, and then release. If the pilot doesn’t stay lit, relight and hold in the button a little longer. Turn the button on, and then replace the fixed glass assembly and the decorative cover.

Helpful Reminders

If the fireplace is new or the pilot hasn’t been lit for a long time, there might be air in the pilot tube. This can sometimes make it difficult to light, but should light after a number of attempts once the air is removed. If you find that you need to consistently re-light the pilot, the tube may be blocked with debris. If this is the case, cleaning out with a small pin should do the trick.

If the pilot is particularly hard to start, and you begin to smell gas, stop and wait for the gas to disperse before trying again. Lighting it while there’s a strong gas smell could be dangerous in an enclosed space so be sure to ventilate the area before trying to light again.

Here at Aspen Fireplace, we pride ourselves on knowing all there is to know about fireplaces of all kinds. If you have questions about installing or replacing your fireplace, or simply need to have questions answered around basic use, fill out a contact form or give us a call and one of our technicians would be happy to help.

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7 C’s of Choosing Gas Fireplace Over Wood-Burning

Selecting the right type of fireplace should be simple, right? Many homeowners debate this issue as they like the atmosphere that a traditional wood-burning fireplace can offer but seek the cleanliness and ease offered with gas fireplaces.

What many homeowners fail to see are the additional benefits that a gas fireplace can offer. The following infographic will walk you through some facts you may not have known before:

The 7 C’s of Choosing Gas Fireplaces

Consistent Heat Supply – With wood-burning fireplaces, the logs burn out and need to be constantly fed in order to keep the heat going. With a gas-burning fireplace, you can have the benefit of regular heat for as long as you keep the fireplace on.

Clean Operation – Wood-burning fireplaces require regular cleaning to remove soot and the potentially dangerous by-product, creosote. Gas fireplaces do not leave any contaminants and require little cleaning in the long run.

Caters to family safety – In addition to not leaving behind soot or creosote, gas fireplaces do not spark or pop from the burning of wood. This prevents a common source of housefires and provides peace of mind to allow the fire to run without needing to always have someone present in the room.

Cheaper to Run – While wood-burning fireplaces might seem to be a cheap option, they can actually costs a decent amount. An Average family spends about $200 a year on logs and $200 on inspection and cleaning (Thumbtack) whereas gas fireplaces on average only cost about 29 cents to run per hour (Hunker) to run for the year and $75 to have inspected (if desired).

Chimney-Less Installation – Wood-burning fireplaces require a chimney to release the mass amount of smoke being expelled from burning wood. Gas fireplaces offer the option of installing a balanced flue which removes the hassle of having to install an expensive chimney.

Controlled Flexibility – Gas fireplaces offer a few nice features for control and ease. First, they give you the option of controlling the flame and, in turn, the temperature. Some gas fireplaces also come with remote control operation which means they can be instantly turned off in case of emergency or need.

Conserved Personal Energy – And finally, the best part of all, with a gas fireplace, there’s no need to purchase and store firewood at home. This saves you space and energy. You also don’t need to purchase additional stoking tools or find a place to keep them inside the house.

The benefits of gas fireplaces are high when it comes to convenience and ease. Here, at Aspen fireplace, we offer many types of gas fireplace inserts as well as accessories. Be sure to visit our website and reach out to a representative to learn more!

Installing a Gas Insert Fireplace

A gas insert fireplace is a great way to safely and efficiently supplement the heating in your home while capturing the charm of a traditional fireplace. A gas insert fireplace is also a great addition to your home’s décor. If you decide to upgrade your wood-burning fireplace to an energy efficient gas insert, you have the option of installing it yourself. A gas insert is difficult to install by yourself, but if you have a strong DIY spirit it’s a good way to challenge your skills. If you’re not intimidated by the challenge, here’s what you should know.

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It will take about 1-2 days to install a gas fireplace insert. Installing a gas insert is a significant time investment. There are a number of steps and some will take a while to complete depending on how handy you are. For some people, one step will be to run gas and electricity lines to the fireplace. This should only be done by a professional so be sure to include that time in your estimate before you can have the insert working properly.

 

You probably need to do some shopping. Once you have your gas insert picked out, there are some other items that you will need to install it. You will need high-temperature silicone sealant, fiberglass insulation, screws and nails, a drill, and a caulking gun.

 

You can save time by having a professional do it. The experts at Aspen Fireplace have installed a lot of fireplaces and we would be happy to help you install yours. If you want to make sure your fireplace gets installed correctly, contact us and we’ll make sure it gets done properly. You can also pick out a gas insert fireplace and gas logs at our showroom.

 

For a video on how to install a gas insert, check out this article from ThisOldHouse.com: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20832677,00.html. They provide some helpful instructions that should get you started.