I get asked questions all the time about the pilot light, so let’s get into the nitty gritty:
How much gas does the pilot light use?
A pilot light will burn 800 to 1500 BTUs/hr. Your monthly gas bill should include your exact cost per “therm” (100,000 BTUs). Based on this rate you can calculate the cost for your area to operate a pilot light.
Why won’t my pilot light won’t stay lit?
Normally this is caused by the thermocouple. In order to replace this part you will need to know the Brand and Model of your fireplace.
My pilot light is lit but my fireplace won’t turn on.
Your wall switch might be in the on position however you must make sure that the valve is turned to the “ON” position as well. If this does not solve the problem it could be caused by loose wires in the connection to the wall switch or remote control. A third possibility is your thermopile/thermo generator has gone bad. Once again, you will need to know the Brand and Model of your fireplace in order to obtain replacement parts.
Can I shut the pilot off in the summer?
It’s not recommended in climates that are high in humidity. Otherwise, you can turn the pilot off when you won’t be using your appliance for an extended period of time, and then use our on-line instructions to relight the pilot when needed.