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 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 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 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.