How To Light Your Gas Logs Pilot Light

How to light the pilot light on your gas logs

Here is a quick tutorial on how to light the pilot light for your vented gas logs purchased through The Mad Hatter. If it’s been a few years since your logs were installed or since your last service maintenance, we suggest you have an annual inspection of your system performed before using your gas logs.

You may need to remove some of your gas logs to access your pilot light. Take a picture of how your logs are set up before moving them so you can easily configure them back into place afterward.

How To Manually Light Your Gas Logs Pilot Light

The pilot light is typically located behind the logs toward the back of the burner. The valve on your vented gas logs will be located on the right or left-hand side, depending on where the gas line enters your fireplace. The control valve will be either standing up or lying down. If the valve is standing up, the control position will be in the 3 o’clock position. If the valve is lying down, it will be in the 6 o’clock position or facing the floor.  

Turn the knob on the control valve counter-clockwise to where the word “pilot” is facing the on position (3 o’clock in the standing position or 6 o’clock in the lying position). Press the knob in for roughly 60 seconds. This will allow a very tiny amount of gas out of the pilot light. Then take your lighter and hold the flame near the pilot light. Once the pilot light is lit, continue to hold the control knob in for roughly 60 seconds to heat the thermal couple on the pilot. Once that is done, let go of the knob. If the pilot does not stay lit, the best thing to do is wait a couple of minutes and try again.

How To Light Your Gas Logs with a Remote Control

If you have just the valve control, turn the control valve knob so that “on” is in the on position (3 o’clock in the standing position or 6 o’clock in the lying position. Then use the remote control to turn your logs on or off. If you don’t have a receiver or remote, you want to leave the control knob in the “pilot” position. Similarly, you can turn your control valve knob to “off” to ensure the gas logs will not turn on.

Remember to rearrange your gas log set accordingly after lighting your pilot light. If you have problems with lighting the pilot light, or if the light doesn’t stay lit, contact The Mad Hatter to set up a service appointment to see if something is wrong with your system.

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