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If you’re lucky enough to have a gas fireplace in your home, you know how convenient and cozy they can be. But if you’ve never used a gas fireplace before, the prospect of starting one can be a bit daunting. Here’s a quick guide on how to start a gas fireplace to help you get started.

First, make sure that the gas is turned on to your fireplace. You can usually find the gas valve near the fireplace, and it will likely be labeled. Once the gas is turned on, you’ll need to light the pilot light. The pilot light is a small flame that ignites the gas when you turn on your fireplace. To do this, you’ll need a long match or a butane lighter.

Next, locate the on/off switch or knob near the pilot light. Once you find it, turn it on and hold it down while holding the lighter or match at the pilot hood.  Once the pilot is lit, hold the knob down for ~60 seconds to make sure the flame sensor is hot.  If you can’t get the pilot to light, it might be that you need a new flame sensor.

Once the pilot light is lit, you can turn on your fireplace by pressing the switch or turning knob on the control valve. Usually, there will be a low and a high setting.

And that’s it! With these simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy your gas fireplace in no time.

The information here is meant as a general explanation only and not intended to take the place of your appliance manual. If you don’t feel comfortable working on gas appliances, call an expert. If you ever smell gas or think you have a leak or a problem, get help right away.