Homeowners that are new to wood burning can easily be turned off because lighting a fire without experience can be a pain. It is a process of trial and error to find what method works for you when lighting a wood fire. But there is an easier way to get your fire roaring a whole lot quicker…install a gas log lighter bar in your fireplace.
A gas log lighter consists of a single burner pipe and usually the adapter to connect it to the gas source. They consist of a simple design but are a great help once installed. Gas log lighters are available for propane or natural gas fuel supplies. Once they are installed you will be ready to start every fire with ease, in the fireplace at least!
Lighting the Gas Log Lighter Bar and Starting the Fire
So now lets go over how to light the log lighter and then light a fire with it. I have listed out the steps below to utilizing this helpful product to the fullest.
- Open chimney flue, glass doors, and fireplace screens.
- Clean burn chamber and surrounding area of all debris, especially ashes that may contain hot coals from previous fires. Ashes should be placed in a metal container with tight-fitting lid.
* All cinders should be cooled thoroughly before disposal.
- Turn log lighter gas valve to the “off” position.
- Place logs on the fireplace grate allowing sufficient air space between logs for quick lighting.
- Light a long-stemmed fireplace match and hold it toward the center of the cast-iron burner ports.
- Turn the log lighter valve “on” gradually until ignition occurs.
- If burner does not light within 5 seconds, turn valve OFF, wait for five (5) minutes before trying again.
- While log lighter is burning, keep glass doors open and close the fireplace screen.
- Once the logs are lit and burning, turn off log lighter valve.
- Remove log lighter valve keys, place in a safe place out of reach of children.
A gas log lighter is very easily installed into a fireplace when converting it from gas to wood burning because the gas has already been ran to the fireplace. However if your home has always had a wood burning fireplace and you are interested in installing a gas log lighter I recommend contacting a gas professional to discuss the process and what it will involve. They will also know if there are permits that need to be pulled or what codes need to be met for the area that you live in.