How do I light my gas fireplace?
September 21, 2011 2:56 PM Subscribe
With fall approaching, I would like to light a fire in my gas fireplace, but I cannot figure out how.
posted by lbo to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
I've read previous questions, but here I am with no fire. I have inspected the whole insert and I don't see a switch or igniter button, so I've concluded that I need to start the fire with a lighter. The main problem I have is that I cannot see a pilot light anywhere and I can't figure out how to start the gas. There is a gas line that comes in through a hole in the left side of the fireplace (Majestic MBUC36, probably less than 20 years old). The gas line goes behind/under the metal grate and curves around to the right side of the grate. On that side at the end of the gas line there is what looks like a giant allen wrench. I assumed that this wrench is the "key" to turn on the gas. But it won't budge and it's definitely not something I'd like to force. Aside from that, there is also a thing on the left side that looks like a pinball ball shooter thingie. When I pull on that, it opens a little trap door on the side. Also, there are ceramic logs on the grate and sand/fake ash-looking stuff underneath the grate. There is a vent/flue thingie at the top that I've figured out how to open and close.
I've never had a gas fireplace before, so this is all very new to me. Also, if I did actually get a fired started, how would I put turn it off/put it out?
I'm planning to have someone come out and inspect the gas line since I've lived in the house 2 years and I've never figured this out. But I don't want to look like a total idiot if they tell me to turn it on and I don't know how.