How To Light Your Pilot Light

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The information below is provided as information only on how to light a pilot light or pilot assembly. There are inherit dangers of working with gas. Please contact your local gas company or service center if you are at all uncomfortable working with gas. Casual Furniture World may not be held liable for any damages or personal injury caused by working with any gas product.


Main Components

There are 2 main components to a pilot light, the valve and the pilot assembly itself.


The Valve

The valve is located to either side, or below the gas log set and controls gas flow to the pilot light as well as the burner.Although there are many different valves most have very similar properties.

Most valves have an off, on and pilot position. You may also find another knob that controls flame height once the set is on.

Pilot Assembly
Pilot Assembly

The Pilot Assembly

locate the pilot assembly on the burner for your gas logs

This Valve is in the "Pilot" Position
(This Valve is in the “Pilot” Position)

Before You Begin

Before you begin to light your pilot light the valve must be in the off position. You should then locate the pilot assembly on the burner for your gas logs. This will be critical to make sure that the pilot light is lit. If your gas logs use a remote control the receiver box should be in the off position as well.

Sometime Pilot assemblies can be hard to locate
(Sometime Pilot assemblies can be hard to locate)

Locate the Pilot Assembly

Many sets have piezo igniters that spark the pilot assembly. If your set has this feature you will use this to light the pilot light. If not, you will need a long match (available at Casual Furniture World) or a long lighter.

This piezo is located on the front - yours may be on the side
(This piezo is located on the front – yours may be on the side)

Lighting The Pilot

To begin, you will turn the knob to the pilot position. Some models will not let this happen unless the knob is pushed in. When you push the knob in, gas flow will begin to the pilot assembly. If you have been able to turn the knob to the pilot position you must also now push in on the knob to begin the gas flow. If you are using a long match or lighter it is advisable to have the flame present on the pilot assembly before pushing in on the knob. If you are using an attached piezo igniter, press the knob in and immediately begin pressing the igniter button (2 or 3 times). You should see a small blue flame on the pilot assembly.

A properly lit pilot light
(A properly lit pilot light)

Once you see the small blue flame, you must continue to hold the knob pushed in for approx. 30 seconds. This will heat the thermocouple – a safety feature which insures the valve does not let unburned gas into the room. After 30 seconds, release the knob. The small blue flame should remain lit. Your pilot light is now lit. Turning the knob to the on position will turn the gas logs on. If you are using a remote, you should turn the receiver box to the “remote” position to use your hand-held remote.

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