Valves and Remotes

Once you have decided on a Gas Log set that is perfect for your fireplace, you must then decide how it will be controlled. There are a number of different control method combinations that can be arranged to use your Gas Log set in exactly the way you want to. This guide looks at the different types of valves that will be installed in the burner portion of your Gas Log set. Also discussed are controllers. These controllers will allow you to turn your Gas Logs on and off in several different ways.

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Valve Types

Match LitMatch Lit

A match lit fireplace valve is the simplest and cheapest way to light your Gas Logs. A valve is opened with a gas “key” and a match is held where the gas escapes the burner pan. The valve will be located either in the firebox or nearby, often in the floor with a floor plate as pictured. Often, a secondary shutoff valve is required. Great care must be taken in this process, however. If too much gas is released before ignition, there could be harm caused to yourself or your property. For this reason, match lit gas systems do not meet code in most municipalities. Be sure to check local building codes before choosing this type of ignition.

Manual Safety PilotManual Safety Pilot

A manual safety pilot is the standard in Gas Log ignition methods. This style has a standing pilot that stays lit all the time, similar in nature to the pilot found in a hot water heater. A match or lighter is used to start the pilot initially, then a small flame stays lit at all times. When you want to have a fire, simply turn the knob.

Safety pilots come in two categories. The first is the simple on/off configuration. The amount of gas released is predetermined, so the flames will always be the same size. The other option is a variable safety pilot. With this configuration, the knob adjusts the amount of gas released, allowing the user to control the size of the flame produced.

Remote Safety PilotRemote Safety Pilot

This type of system works in the same manner as a manual safety pilot, but can be controlled remotely. The remotes come in a variety of different control configurations, discussed in greater detail later in this document. Some systems are tied to a particular type of remote, while other systems allow more flexibility in remote type. In some cases, a pilot system can be purchased that is remote ready. A remote can then be added or changed at a later time

Electronic Ignition Remote SystemElectronic Ignition Remote System

These systems represent the latest in ignition technology for Gas Logs. A remote initiates ignition and there is no standing pilot necessary. This means that no excess gas is wasted as is the case with a standing pilot. Electronic ignition systems are an on/off configuration. When the remote is triggered, the control module sparks the igniter and allows the gas control valve to send gas to the burner. The sparking continues until a temporary pilot is established. Once the pilot is stable, the control module allows the proper amount of gas to flow though to the main burner, where the full flame is realized. Electronic Ignition systems require electricity to be run to the firebox to operate properly.

Control Types

Remote On/OffRemote On/Off

This is the most basic remote control available. It is generally used with a standing pilot, and will simply turn the flame on or off with a touch of the corresponding button. Once on, the flame height remains at the same level

Variable RemoteVariable Remote

A variable Remote system allows the user to change the flame height of their Gas Log set, and in turn change the heat output. A solenoid controls the flow of gas to the burner. This will raise or lower the output temperature of the Log set

Remote with ThermostatRemote with Thermostat

These remotes are can adjust flame height to achieve a certain room temperature. Most remotes of this nature require the burner to be  equipped with a variable solenoid valve that allows the correct amount of gas to be released to achieve the desired flame. The temperature can be set in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Often these remotes can also be Variable remotes. In this case, flame height can be set low or high in addition to being used with the thermostat function.

Wall Mounted ControlWall Mounted Control

The wall mounted control actually represents an entire category of control options. Generally, if an option is found on a hand held remote control, it can be found in a wall mounted version. Wall mounted controllers generally look like a light switch cover, and may feature several buttons and even an LCD display. Most will fit in any single-gang electrical junction box. Some of these controllers are hardwired back to the firebox through the walls. Another option is a wall mounted unit that is wireless, negating the need to run wires. Some models may be used in conjunction with handheld remotes as well.