Gas Starters for Woodburning Fireplaces


Monday, August 6th 2012

Yes, they are available. Essentially, a starter is just a cast iron pipe with holes in it. The gas is turned on with a keyed valve that is typically located near the fireplace, and lit with a match. The key is removable for safety purposes. Gas starters do not come with safety pilot assemblies, because the intense heat of a wood fire would destroy the delicate internal workings of the device. Gas starters are ONLY available for natural gas – NOT for LP or propane gas, because of the safety risk of heavier-than-air gases like propane puddling invisibly on the floor, causing an unknown ignition risk. Note that natural gas starters are also very handy for heating up the flue – much easier than holding up a torch made of newspaper!


  1. Tristan Williamson02-21-13

    I am interested in knowing more about this product. I am working for a landscape architect and we are trying to design an outdoor wood burning firepit with a gas starter. I am wondering if this or another product you carry could work for this use?
    Thank you,

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