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7 Ways to Ignite Your Inspiration & Update Your Fireplace

Do you feel like your fireplace is a bit outdated with its retro-style design? Does it need a little facelift to freshen up its visual appeal? There’s a multitude of options available for updating and modernizing your fireplace – regardless of your budget. All you need is a bit of ingenuity and creativity. 

Here are 7 ideas to help ignite your inspiration when it comes to upgrading the look of your fireplace.

1 | Spark a New Flame With a Fireplace Insert

If your old, open wood-burning fireplace is in bad shape, a torrent of cold air is streaming through the hearth, or you simply want to improve its overall efficiency, an insert is a perfect solution. .

Modern inserts improve efficiency by an estimated 50 to 70 percent and furnish your masonry fireplace with an appealing and modern touch. They’re installed inside your fireplace’s firebox, and exhaust vent is installed inside your existing chimney. Gas, electric and pellet-fueled inserts can be remote-controlled for optimal functionality and safety.

2 | Find Your Perfect Match: Fire Screen Style

Changing your fire screen is not only simple, but it can completely transform the look and feel of your fireplace. 

With plenty of versatility available, you can opt for a basic, cost-effective model, or elect to customize your fire screen by adding your own personal touch. When it comes to style and coloring, there are endless options for designing an aesthetic that accommodates your taste preferences and lifestyle. 

3 | Burn Brightly By Upgrading Your Mantel and Hearth

The mantel and hearth can greatly contribute to the final look of your fireplace. And the good news? There’s plenty of room to exercise creativity when it comes to selecting the design materials. 

Choose from a concrete hearth for a contemporary style, a metal one for an industrial feel, or a wooden one for a more rustic and traditional style. Also, mantels are no longer made only of wood – cast concrete, textured and painted to look amazingly like wood, or contemporary metal – can safely add a design feature to your room’s main focus and still be able to have a TV or artwork above.

Always double-check your municipality’s security regulations regarding fireplaces, especially if you are using flammable materials, such as wood, to build your hearth or mantel. Many experts specialize in building fireplace mantels, but if you’re good with your hands, there’s nothing preventing you from taking on a little DIY project of your own. 

4 | De-light-full Decorating for Your Fiery Friend

The simple act of adding or changing up the decor around your fireplace is enough to furnish the space with a whole new look. From hanging a few vibrant paintings above the mantel to switching up the decor sitting atop or around the fireplace are effective ways to create visual appeal and spruce up the overall feel of your living area. 

5 | Rekindle the Flame Surrounding the Unit

Sometimes, it’s not the fireplace itself that needs a little makeover, but rather, it’s the space surrounding it. An easy place to start? Consider repainting the wall behind your fireplace using a modern or vibrant shade – ultimately serving as an accent wall for your space. 

If your fireplace and its vent are behind the wall, you can utilize wood or ceramic tiling to refurbish the area. Additionally, adding a shelf (or several shelves adjacent to the mantle) is a smart and stylish way to introduce some depth to your space. 

Another idea to consider is installing a built-in bookcase that resides on each side of your fireplace. Opt for a custom-built design or a more wallet-friendly option that’ll create the illusion of sprawling shelves lined with books. For the DIYers, you can also accomplish this look by installing two prefabricated bookcases that use moldings to seal the pieces to the wall and ceiling. 

This technique will make it appear as if the bookcases were built directly off of the wall. If you have existing moldings on the ceiling, use the same kind to “connect” the top of the bookcases to the ceiling, making the illusion all the more perfect.

6 | Achieve New Fahrenheits: The Fireplace Façade 

Switch up your fireplace façade to invoke a more modernized and clean design. A popular and painless solution for brick and stone exteriors is to simply repaint the surface area. As a best practice, make sure to thoroughly clean the surface before grabbing a paintbrush and diving in. 

We recommend using a wire brush to dispose of any filth or grime that’s weaseled its way into the smaller nooks and crannies of the exterior. Once clean, apply a suitable primer to the brick or stone before applying a few coats of heat resistant paint.

Another option to consider is covering up a brick fireplace with decorative stone. These fake stones can easily be installed directly over brick using tile cement, and they have the capacity to create a number of different design aesthetics. 

If your gas fireplace has a gold façade that doesn’t blend in with your decor, sand it down with fine-grit sandpaper and apply heat resistant paint. Consult with a specialist before taking on such a project to make sure the products you use are appropriate and safe for a fireplace.

7 | Fuel Your Chimney Wall Creativity

Consider the wall above your fire as a blank canvas on which you can let your creativity run free. Use unique ceramic tiles to give it a particular style, or wood to give it a more rustic feel. Note that all fireplaces have clearance to combustible requirements that you need to research before adding wood above it.

Venture off the beaten track and match two materials for a unique, one-of-a-kind look. For example, install a few rows of black tile, followed by a few rows of wood, and so on. Let your imagination run wild, or hit the internet to find inspiration online.

Exercise Safety When Embarking on a New Project

No matter what method you ultimately use to update your fireplace, it’s always best to consult with an expert before you begin working on or around your unit. Why? It serves as a preventative measure to ensure you’re approaching the project using the right materials and techniques, while also complying with your area’s safety regulations. Once you have the green light, the floor is yours to get creative and design a look that satisfies your desired aesthetic.

Add a Touch of Style By Accessorizing Your Fireplace

Having a fireplace in the living room creates such joy and warmth for your family, right? It’s effective at keeping toes toasty and it can hold a fiery blaze for several hours. However, lately, you feel like it’s beginning to look a little blasé. Womp womp.

The good news is, there are always ways to revamp your fireplace and ensure it adequately reflects your lifestyle. 

So, what are your options when it comes to spiffing up your fireplace? Here’s a look. 

Operational or Not?

If you currently have a functioning fireplace, it’s important to be cognizant of any combustibles nearby.

You must maintain a safe distance between the heat of the dancing flames and any decorations, updates, or changes that are made to the fireplace. For safety’s sake, any wood trim, knick-knacks, fabrics, etc. that could be flammable, should be kept away from the fire for optimal protection. 

If you live in a home with an old, non-working fireplace, accessorizing it will fall more into the ‘decorating’ category.  You will not need to be concerned about objects getting too hot and igniting, since there are no dangerous flames around. 

Functional Fireplaces

If you use your fireplace for heating purposes, or just an occasional recreational fire, odds are you already have a few accessories that help simplify the process and make your life easier.  Tool sets with pokers, brooms, shovels and tongs, gloves, ash buckets, fire safety screens, fatwood fire starters, and grates are all ideal accessories for maximizing how you use and interact with your fireplace. 

Updating an operational wood-burning fireplace with an EPA-certified insert has blossomed in popularity over the years.  An insert not only furnishes your fireplace a new aesthetic, but it also increases efficiency ten-fold over old, open burning fireplaces.

The takeaway? If you’re planning on giving your wood fireplace a little facelift, you should seriously consider an insert as a solution. There are wood, gas, electric, and pellet inserts available. 

Another area that you can update is the mantle and hearth. The mantle, often made of wood, is mounted a safe distance above the opening of the fireplace. There are numerous styles to choose from, including a variety of wood species. From the rustic barn beam or log look to more traditional and contemporary mantles, our experts are on hand to help bring your design vision to life. And, we can help with the necessary clearance requirements for mounting a new mantle on your existing fireplace. You can also select a cast concrete mantel that provide very close clearances to the top of your fireplace – and these look just like wood!

The hearth includes the space in front of the fireplace responsible for protecting the floor from unwanted embers or sparks escaping. As a best practice, get in the habit of checking your local building codes and/or manufacturer’s requirements before making any final selections. In general, however, most require a minimum of 16” or 18” in front and 8” to either side of the fireplace door opening.

We’ve said it before and it bears repeating…when it comes to clearance requirements for wood-burning equipment: more is better! If the minimum requirement is 18”, go with 24” for maximum safety. Another benefit from a two-foot-deep hearth: no more burns and chars on the flooring in front of the fireplace doors! Plus, a larger hearth makes clean-up a bit more convenient.

Non-Functioning Fireplaces

If your fireplace is non-operational, and you do not want to repair and/or replace it, the mantle and hearth ‘makeover’ described above are certainly attractive options to consider. 

Many homeowners opt to mount a mirror above the mantle with a sconce on either side to highlight photos and mementos peppered across the ledge of their mantle. Accent lights from an adjacent wall, or fish-eye spotlights installed in the ceiling, can also be used to spotlight specific items on your mantle.

Additional Considerations When Accessorizing Your Fireplace

When it comes to enhancing the style of your non-working fireplace, there’s also the option of painting it. All you’d have to do is give it a thorough scrub down before painting the inside for a fresh, clean look.

Decorative screens are always an option when it comes to adding a nice touch to your hearth.  In a non-operational fireplace, stack up cut wood on a grate (white birch looks great!) for a touch of realism, or decorate the fireplace with candles, baskets, or other items of interest.

Another option for upgrading the look of a brick fireplace is to reface it with a cultured stone.  All this requires is for you to cover up the old, outdated, and dirty brick with a cultured stone product. There are dozens of options available with cultured stone and lots of color combinations. Or, if a more contemporary look is more your style, there are many tile, marble, stainless steel, and metal options available as well. This type of project is not only popular but worth the investment.

Our team has lots of experience making dream renovations happen. We’re here to help you from the beginning, as you start to look at your options, and throughout the process.

Fireplace Tips to Help You Make the Most of the Winter Season
Fireplace Tips to Help You Make the Most of the Winter Season

Ahh…the crisp aroma of the fresh winter air has arrived. As the chilly months roll in, you’ll likely want to curl up with a good book or cup of hot chocolate beside your cozy fire. Whether your fireplace, stove or insert is fueled by gas, wood or pellets, the goal is to ensure you make the most out of the season without running into any hiccups.

Here are some troubleshooting tips, as well as some insight on how to ignite the perfect blaze. 

Why Won’t My Stove or Fireplace Ignite?

Pellet Stoves & Inserts

If you own a pellet stove, regardless of its age, the owner’s manual should be a close friend of yours! Regular operating and maintenance procedures are spelled out in the manual and an essential troubleshooting section will be noted in the contents.

Today’s pellet stoves and inserts have sophisticated control boards that have the capacity to self-diagnose and troubleshoot. Among other things, this board will monitor heat and pressure sensors, temperature devices, fans, combustion air and other electrical components.

Ignition for pellet stoves and inserts is automatic, with a majority of appliances igniting within 5 to 15 minutes of pushing the start button or a call for heat from a thermostat. During the ignition sequence, it’s normal to see a bit of smoke in the firebox – this will clear and be pulled through the exhaust system once the fire has started.

Electrical and mechanical components can and do fail from time to time.  Here are some of the more common reasons for pellet stoves not igniting.

  • Power Supply: First, ensure the stove is plugged into the wall and the outlet is ‘hot’.
  • Pellet Supply: Are there pellets in the hopper?  An auger delivers pellets from the hopper to the burn pot or platform. If the stove has been run dry, it will take a few minutes for the auger to move enough pellets to the burn pot for ignition.
  • Dirty Burn Pot: Pepper-fine ash can quickly accumulate in the burn pot, causing a buildup of dirt. If it’s not routinely cleaned out, holes in the burn pot will become clogged, and there will not be enough combustion air to ignite the pellets during the start-up sequence.
  • Ignitor Issues: If there is no voltage in the ignitor, the culprit could be a bad fuse.  Make sure the stove is in start-up mode before attempting to ignite it once more. If it still won’t light, the control board or ignitor may be faulty and will need to be replaced.
  • Pressure Sensor: This probe measures the pressure in the exhaust system. Without the right degree of pressure, your stove won’t vent properly – as a safety precaution, this probe prevents the unit from lighting. In this case, check the exhaust ports or venting system to ensure there are no obstructions and the entire pathway is clear. If the vent pipe is blocked, it may need to be cleaned or perhaps it was not installed correctly.
  • Jammed Auger: If the auger is jammed or the motor has failed, no fuel will be carried to the burn pot. You will need to free-up the auger or replace the motor to eradicate the issue – which will require the help of a professional. 
  • Back Draft: This might occur on a very windy day or under unusual weather circumstances. An improper vent profile or termination of the vent pipe may need to be corrected.

Wood Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts

Most ignition problems with wood-burning appliances can be attributed to one of two factors: a poor wood supply or an inadequate air supply.  

  • Blocked or Dirty Chimney: It is crucial to get your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Clogged or dirty chimneys are extremely dangerous – they can trigger unwanted chimney fires and hinder the draft velocity from your stove or fireplace by reducing air volume.
  • Insufficient Draft: Make sure the damper is fully open and any excess ash that’s present is removed. Certain weather conditions such as strong winds, severe cold or high atmospheric pressure can cause drafting difficulties. In extreme cases like this, it may help to keep the stove door slightly ajar until the fire and coal bed is well established. If you suspect your home may be suffering from negative air pressure, try opening a window to allow more combustion air to the fire. This technique should help get a draft established. 
  • Cold Chimney Flue: If your chimney is very cold, lighting a fire can be rather difficult.  Since cold air is heavier than warm air, a cold chimney may prevent warmer air and smoke from being pulled up the chimney. Sometimes, a paper torch can be held at the top of the firebox to increase warmth and get a draft established. We carry a shaved wood product that can help in these instances. 
  • Oversized or Damp Logs: If your logs are damp, they aren’t able to adequately catch fire. Firewood should be dried for at least a year before being used. We can measure your wood’s moisture content during a regular sweep if necessary.
  • Chimney Is Too Short: If your chimney is too short, it will prevent a proper drafting, causing smoke to back up into your home. To adhere to regulations, your chimney must be 3 feet above your roof and 2 feet higher than any object within a 10-foot radius of its location.

Gas Fireplaces, Stoves or Inserts

Today’s direct vented gas fireplaces are designed to be more reliable, safe and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. Gas can be dangerous, and if there’s an issue you don’t feel comfortable correctly yourself, just give us a call and we’ll send an expert out to assist you. Here are a few reasons why a gas fireplace may not start.

  • Pilot: If the pilot knob on the gas valve is in the ‘off’ position, relight it (see our blog on lighting a pilot). If your fireplace has an Intermittent Pilot Ignition (IPI) system, make sure the batteries are working properly and your switch is in the IPI position. Occasionally, a wind gust can extinguish the pilot light.  With an IPI system, if the pilot flame does not make the correct contact with the flame rectification sensor on the pilot assembly, the burner will not ignite.
  • Thermopile/thermocouple: A small amount of soot, dust, or cotton-like spider webs can prevent the these devices from generating enough voltage to keep gas flowing to the pilot assembly. If you cannot get it lit or it will not maintain a blue flame, it may need to be replaced.
  • Gas Supply:  If applicable, ensure your propane tank has enough gas. Check that valves in the supply line to the appliance are open. Valves are open when the handle is parallel to the gas line.
  • Gas Pressure: If your supply line is too small, bent or kinked, it can prevent an adequate volume of gas to reach the appliance.
  • Thermostat Setting: If your fireplace, stove or insert uses a remote or a wall thermostat, make sure the thermostat setting is higher than room temperature before trying to light your fire.
  • Batteries: Always check to make sure your batteries aren’t dead. If you find yourself changing out batteries on a frequent basis, consult your owner’s manual. Some manufacturers specify certain types of batteries for optimal performance. If you have a standing pilot appliance and a remote control, there will be batteries in two locations.
  • Burner Orifice: If the main burner orifice is clogged, fuel will be unable to pass through, and a fire won’t ignite.  Call us to help!
  • Glass: If the glass is off or incorrectly installed, your fireplace, stove or insert may not ignite. Avoid using a gas fireplace where the glass isn’t positioned properly.
  • Wiring: If you’re cleaning dust, dirt, or pet dander underneath your fireplace or insert, be careful not to damage or detach wires.

Properly maintaining your equipment and recognizing when something isn’t quite right will keep it operating correctly and safely. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and let an expert diagnose and eradicate the issue. By doing so, you will enjoy many memorable moments next to a warm, comforting fire in the days and weeks ahead.

What’s the Best Type of Wood to Burn?

Hardwood Vs. Softwood

A key distinction between the two lies in the density of the wood. Hardwoods are higher in density than their softwood counterpart – and as a result, will burn for a longer duration. Softwoods, on the other hand, ignite quicker. Oak, maple, hickory, walnut and ash are all popular species of hardwoods, while common softwoods include cedar, Douglas fir, spruce, aspen, and red and white pine.

While hard and soft woods have roughly the same BTU head content (from a pound for pound perspective), because softwood is less dense, it requires a sizable pile to equal the same amount of weight as hardwood.

What Does the Wood Drying Process Look Like?

Wood is essentially defined by a series of long cell cavities that run the entire length of a tree.  

Within these cell cavities is water, which nourishes the tree with nutrients, allowing it to grow. Once a tree is cut down, a very slow process of drying begins as the water starts evaporating.  It’s easier for this moisture to evaporate when the wood is not only cut, but split as well. Wood dries quicker through the side grain being exposed than just through end grain cuts.

A dry log will be noticeably lighter than a wet or “green” log of the same size and species. The wood should be left to season in the sun and wind until the moisture content is below 25% – which can be measured with a moisture meter. Where you’re located geographically will ultimately impact how long the drying process takes. Generally speaking, however, we recommend leaving it to dry for about a year then covering it or storing where moisture cannot impact it once it has cured. 

Today’s EPA-certified stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and inserts will not perform as designed if the wood used is not properly seasoned. Sure, the log will eventually burn, but a vast amount of energy will be consumed and wasted on drying out the wood before it truly ignites into a cozy blaze.

There are other factors to be concerned about when burning wood that’s too green. The glass on your insert or stove will blacken. More importantly, smoke from the chimney means that tars and other by-products from combustion will cause creosote to form in the chimney.

Bringing It All Together

So, with that being said, what’s the best type of wood to burn? The answer is simple: DRY wood is always best. DO NOT cut wood and burn it today, or tomorrow or next month. Cut it, split it, stack it, cover it from the rain and snow and leave it for one year. Try to get a year ahead with your wood supply. I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s critically important to burn dry wood.

With chilly months ahead of us, we hope these tips will help you stay warm and snug throughout the season!

How to Clean Glass Windows on Your Fireplace or Stove
How to Clean Glass Windows on Your Fireplace or Stove

Who doesn’t love the warmth and aesthetic appeal of a cozy blaze? Throughout the year, it’s important to give the glass on your fireplace, stove, or insert a little scrub-a-dub-dub to keep it clean. Like many, you may be surprised to discover that cleaning your fireplace glass requires more than just a spritz of window cleaner and a quick wipe down. 

In fact, cleaning your glass comes with its very own set of do’s and don’ts – and by following these tips, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in the process. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Type of Glass Is It?

Unlike the window you gaze out of while enjoying your morning cup of Joe, your fireplace uses one of two different types of glass: tempered or ceramic. Why? Because these materials were designed to weather high temperatures. Of the two, however, ceramic glass can adapt quicker to thermal changes and withstand exposure to higher temperatures. On average, ceramic glass can hold up against temperatures of 1000°F.

Ceramic glass is typically found on wood-burning stoves, high-quality meant-to-heat fireplaces, inserts, and gas models containing large burners or elevated levels of heat output. For regular gas fireplaces or fireplaces designed to be more for ambiance than heat, you can expect to be dealing with tempered glass. You may also find tempered glass on wood-burning fireplaces crafted with bi-fold doors. 

Both types of glass require routine upkeep in order to remove dirt and soot and safeguard your unit from sustaining unwanted damages. Unless you’re looking to get slapped with a $200-$300 bill to replace your ceramic glass (we hope not), you’ll definitely want to show your glass a little TLC. 

Are You Using the Correct Type of Cleaner?

This isn’t like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where Windex is the answer for everything. Instead, we encourage you to visit our showroom, where we’ve stocked up on glass cleaners designed for both wood-burning units and gas appliances. Using the correct cleaner is a cost-effective solution that’ll make cleaning substantially easier, while ensuring your wallet is protected from paying for unnecessary repairs. 

Keep The Owner’s Manual Handy

While we love creativity, there’s no need to improvise under these circumstances – simply follow the directions provided in your owner’s manual and on the glass cleaner. Make sure to cushion any glass that is removed by placing it gently on top of an old towel.

For gas fireplaces, the cleaner will closely mimic car wax. Essentially, all you’ll need to do is rub on the recommended amount and polish it off using a soft, clean rag. When cleaning any wood-burning appliances, we suggest placing newspapers or rags under the door. Because most glass cleaners for wood-burning units come in a spray form, you’ll want to protect the surrounding floor area while you’re wiping down the glass. Otherwise, soot, dirt, and cleaner may drip down the surface of the glass and onto your floors. 

Reserve Scraping for Cleaning Your Icy Vehicle

Using any kind of blade or sharp edge to clean your ceramic glass will wind up damaging its surface. This style of glass is coated with microscopic polycrystalline structures that will chip, peel, or be completely stripped away by a razor blade. So, close up the “sharp objects” section of your tool box and adhere to the guidelines found on your glass cleaner. 

Is Cleaning a Must?

We all have hectic schedules with plenty of errands and chores already on our to-do lists. So, you may be asking yourself why bother cleaning the glass when soot is going to find it’s way back onto the surface again. This question can really be applied to most chores and cleaning habits we perform on a regular basis. For example, why make the bed if you’re just going to get back in it? However, like most maintenance-related activities, keeping the glass on your fireplace, stove, or insert clean will ensure you fully experience the beauty and ambiance of the fire. It’ll also help lengthen the lifespan of your unit.  

Just like cleaning your car windshield, which vastly improves your vision while out on the road, soot-free glass on your wood or gas appliance will create an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere.

How to Light a Pilot Light Gas Fireplace Stove
How to Light a Pilot Light

There’s nothing cozier than curling up by your fireplace or basking in the warmth of your stove on a chilly night. In order to indulge in the pleasant blaze, however, you need to understand how to light a pilot light and prepare your fireplace for the upcoming cold season. 

As the winter season approaches, it’s incredibly important to make sure your stove and fireplace are working properly. No chilly bare feet allowed here – only toasty, snug ones. A gas fireplace or stove makes keeping your home at a comfy temperature easy. 

Is your fireplace ready for winter?

A majority of natural or propane-gas stoves and fireplaces have a standing pilot light — a small flame that continues to burn even while your unit isn’t actively in use. While this feature allows homeowners to quickly and conveniently start their fireplace or stove on a frigid day, many people opt to turn off their pilot light during warmer weather in an effort to conserve gas. 

To help get your home warmed up once again, here is a step-by-step guide on how to light your pilot light.

Step #1: Start by locating the gas valve on your fireplace or stove (or water heater). If you take a look at the bottom, usually behind a louver or screen, the pilot lighting instructions are typically located in this area.

Fireplace or Stove Gas Valve Pilot Light

Step #2: Set the main burner switch, thermostat, or remote control to “OFF.” Turn thermostats down below room temperature to ensure the unit doesn’t call for heat. 

Step #3: Locate the gas shut off valve located on the gas line of the unit and confirm that it is in the “ON” position. When on, the valve’s handle will be in line with the gas pipe; when off, the handle is perpendicular to the gas line.

Step #4: Next, locate the gas control knob, which you can find on the gas valve. The knob will contain 3 markers: Off, Pilot and On. You will also see a hatch mark or arrow on the valve body – you will line up the markers on the knob with that arrow. In the picture above, the mark is to the left of the OFF mark. This means the gas valve is set to off.

Step #5: Locate the pilot ignition/sparker button – it’s typically cylindrical in shape, and often red in color. You should be able to push it in and hear/feel a click.

Step #6: Turn the Gas Control Knob to the Pilot position by pushing it in and rotating it until the word, “PILOT” lines up with the appropriate mark.

Step #7: Push the Gas Control Knob in – you should hear the hiss of gas – and hold it in while pressing the igniter button. The hiss is simply the sound of gas flowing through the pilot assembly. You may be able to see a small spark at the pilot assembly. If you don’t hear gas or don’t see a spark at the assembly, the main gas supply may be off or the system may need servicing.

Step #8: If you hear a hiss and smell gas, but don’t see a spark at the pilot assembly, it may be a sign that the ignitor is faulty or malfunctioning. You can light the pilot with flame (lighter or match). The trick is to get the flame to where the gas is coming out. 

Step #9: Once the pilot lights, continue to hold the pilot knob in for one minute, then release the knob slowly. At this point, the pilot should continue to burn on its own. If the pilot goes off, you may need to repeat the process and hold the gas control knob in a bit longer – count to 60 seconds. If it still goes out, call for service.

Step #10: Now that the pilot is burning, turn the knob to the ON position and leave it there.

Step #11: Now you can operate the fireplace or stove by thermostat, switch or remote. Note – this is counter-intuitive: If you operate a millivolt (standing pilot) appliance with a battery-powered wireless remote or wired thermostat, the main switch on the appliance (lower right in photo above) must be in the OFF position.

If you have a pilot light, the Gas Control Knob is set to ON, the switch is OFF and the thermostat or remote is calling for heat and you still don’t have fire, you may need  to change out an old set of batteriesIf your gas stove or fireplace has a standing pilot and it has a remote control or wireless thermostat, there are two places in which the batteries may need to be swapped out for new ones. (If it has a wired thermostat, there are no batteries – just wires that a mouse or vacuum might have chewed on.)

Once that’s done, you’re all set and ready to enjoy your gas stove or fireplace for the upcoming cold season!


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“Whether you are looking for a contemporary gas fireplace or rustic wood stove, we have plenty of options for you to choose from. With over 18 years of experience under my belt, I can confidently guide you in selecting the right fireplace for your home or business.” –Wolf Bennett, Owner

About Us

A family-owned and operated local business, Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace has been keeping the Yampa Valley warm and happy since 2002. Our mission is to be the Steamboat Springs area’s go-to resource for safe, quality products and services, with a personal touch.

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Address: 2620 S. Copper Frontage Rd Unit 6b, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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