Gas Log Lighter Installation & Replacement
Gas log lighters are a wonderful convenience for helping you get your fire started quickly and easily! Wood burning fireplaces have employed gas log lighters for many years, and they’re a luxury that can help reduce the need for excessive newspaper and small kindling.
A gas log lighter looks very similar to a gas barbecue’s burner tube. It’s a small diameter metal pipe with a bunch of small holes drilled into it to. The burner tubes are usually about ½” in diameter and about 12” to 18” long. They’re usually installed close to the floor of the firebox and positioned beneath the wood grate.
Gas Log Lighter Replacement
Because metal gas log lighters are exposed to so much direct heat, they often become warped or develop holes. Best-case scenario: these conditions can waste gas by directing the flame to areas not directly beneath your wood. Worst-case scenario: they can be potentially dangerous by allowing too much gas to flood into the fireplace causing excessively high temperatures and/or causing smoke and carbon monoxide to spill into your home!
In addition, sometimes the wrong type of materials have been used to connect the gas log lighter tube to the main gas line coming out of the wall. Improper connectors such as soft copper or aluminum tubing, or flexible stainless steel tubing are not tough enough for the harsh, super-heated environment a fireplace typically dishes out. The potential for melting or puncturing the soft or flexible materials and causing a gas leak in the wrong place can be disastrous!
A to Z Chimney Sweep replaces damaged or improperly-installed gas log lighters on a regular basis and usually has the necessary parts stocked on their chimney sweeping vans. If your gas log lighter needs to be replaced, we’ll be happy to get you back on track quickly and easily.
Gas Log Lighter Installation
But what if your fireplace doesn’t have a gas log lighter? No problem! If your fireplace already has a functional gas line stubbed into your fireplace, A to Z can easily install a gas log lighter for you!
If your fireplace doesn’t have a gas line plumbed into your firebox, A to Z can refer you to a qualified licensed plumbing contractor!
In conclusion, if you need a warped or damaged gas log lighter replaced, or you need a new gas log lighter installed for the first time, a simple phone call is all that’s needed to get you lit! As you might expect, A to Z Chimney Sweep is always glad to light your fire!
Gas Log Lighter Instructions
Usually, a removable gas cock key can be inserted into the wall and turned in order to open a valve and allow the gas to come into the gas log lighter to be ignited. The safest way to use a gas log lighter is to have all your paper and kindling arranged in your fireplace ready to go. Then, position one or two pieces of paper beneath the log grate right next to the gas log lighter’s burner holes (they look similar to a gas bbq grill’s burner tubes). Light the paper in several places, and then turn on your gas valve.
Getting your gas log lighter lit in this order will save your eyebrows and bangs from an unexpected “close encounter of the burnt kind!”
Before you add or replace glass doors for your prefab fireplace, consult with the experts at A to Z to determine the specific requirements for your unit. We can help keep you safe with the correct repair or upgrade.
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