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  • Locate and open your fireplace’s control panel. Most modern gas fireplaces come with a specialized control panel that manages the fixture’s pilot light. For aesthetic purposes, you’ll typically find this panel hidden behind the fireplace’s front screen, which you can open or remove to gain access.

    • On most gas fireplace models, you can remove the screen by simply tugging it off the device.
  • Turn the control knob to the off position for at least 5 minutes. Look for a knob on your control panel with the words On, Off, and Pilot on it. If the knob is not in the off position, turn it so that it is. Then, let your fireplace sit for at least 5 minutes, allowing any excess or lingering gas to clear out.

    • If you smell a faint amount of gas, open your windows and doors to ventilate the area.
    • If you smell a large amount of gas, leave the house immediately and call your natural gas provider. If you can’t get a hold of either, call 911 or your local fire department.
  • Twist the shutoff valve until it is parallel with the gas line if necessary. Most fireplace manufactures attach a shutoff valve to the device’s gas line, giving you greater control over your natural gas output. If your fixture comes with 1 of these valves, make sure to move it until the handle sits parallel to the gas line, allowing fuel to enter the fireplace.

  • Move the control knob to the pilot position. This will give you access to the device’s pilot light, or the small flame that helps the fireplace burn. To avoid any hazardous mistakes, do not twist the knob until you are ready to ignite the pilot light.

  • Press the control knob down and hit the ignition switch. To ignite the pilot light, press your finger into the center of the control knob and hold it in place. Then, hit the fireplace’s ignition switch, which is typically a red button located near the control knob. Tap the switch until the pilot light ignites.

    • If the pilot light fails to ignite after multiple attempts, restart the entire process and try again. If it continues to fail, check for any common ignition problems or call a professional for help.
  • Hold the control knob down for at least 30 seconds. To keep the flame alive, you’ll need to hold the control knob down for a minimum of 30 seconds, possibly even longer. This will give the thermocouple, a safety device that stops the gas flow if the pilot light shuts off, a chance to heat up and register that the pilot is back on.

  • Move the control knob to the “on” position. With the pilot light ignited, turn your fireplace’s control knob from the pilot position to the on position. This will make sure the pilot light stays on indefinitely, allowing you to activate the fireplace whenever you wish using the device’s wall switch or remote control. When you’re finished, remember to replace the fireplace’s front screen if you had to remove it.

    • Be aware that, while a power outage should not affect your fireplace’s pilot light, it may deactivate any switches regulating the gas output.
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    Gas Fireplace Keys and Valves


    from Atlanta, GA asked:

    June 12, 2021

    Do you carry any flange covers with a shaft length of 1/2-5/8 inches?

    1 Answer

    Unfortunately, we do not offer a flange with that length of shaft.

    Submitted by:Aaron D. on June 14, 2021

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    Todd H

    from Henderson, NV asked:

    May 21, 2020

    Do you have a key with an internal dimension of one-eighth of an inch versus the standard one-quarter inch?

    1 Answer

    No, we do not. 

    Submitted by:Owen O. on May 22, 2020

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    Rick S.

    from Seneca, SC asked:

    May 4, 2020

    Are any of your 1/2� gas ball valves made in the USA?

    1 Answer

    No, unfortunately, we do not have any valves made in the USA.

    Submitted by:Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 5, 2020

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    from San Diego CA asked:

    April 5, 2020

    We bought a replacement universal log lighter key and it is too small in diameter of the fireplace gas valve. It appears to be 5/16� square. What are my options?

    1 Answer

    Most all of the universal keys we offer are stepped to work with�both 5/16" and 1/4" gas valve stems.

    Submitted by:Will M. on April 6, 2020

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    from Michigan asked:

    March 4, 2020

    What would replace an electronic ignition LP valve for the Monessen VF133 Solstice log set?

    1 Answer

    That would be an SRV95E0102 propane ipi valve.

    Submitted by:Brian L. on March 4, 2020

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    from 30078 asked:

    February 7, 2020

    Do you make a dome shape escutcheon?

    1 Answer

    We only offer the standard escutcheon style.

    Submitted by:Will M. on February 7, 2020

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    Richard F.

    from Houston, TX asked:

    December 12, 2019

    The end of the valve control rod that the key fits on to has fallen off. Can I get a piece to replace it?

    1 Answer

    Unfortunately, you will have to replace the entire valve.

    Submitted by:Will M. on December 12, 2019

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    Deb K.

    from Nebraska asked:

    November 8, 2019

    Where can I find a ProCom Heating T-Stat Control 161130-01 for a Ventless Fireplace Model FBNSD400T-ZC?

    1 Answer

    We do not offer any ProCom replacement parts.�

    Submitted by:Will M. on November 8, 2019

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    from Texas asked:

    October 25, 2019

    Do you have a gas valve wall plate that has a 3/4" NPT male thread? The valve in the wall has a 3/4' female thread for the wall plate.�

    1 Answer

    While we do not have any male threaded escutcheons, please make sure that the female threads you mention aren't simply a removable pipe fitting used to extend a more common female threaded escutcheon to a male threaded valve. This is common practice when the valve sits too far below a floor or behind a wall for the escutcheon to reach.

    Submitted by:Will M. on October 28, 2019

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    from Martinez ,CA asked:

    September 28, 2019

    Where can I get an antique brass fireplace key 12 inches long?

    1 Answer

    Unfortunately, we do not carry a 12" antique brass fireplace key. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

    Submitted by:Brennan W. on September 30, 2019

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    Paul J

    from Dripping Springs, TX asked:

    May 26, 2019

    Do you have an extra long floor / wall plate, either in nickel or chrome finish?

    1 Answer

    We only sell standard plates/covers.  We recommend contacting local plumbing supply houses for possible availability.

    Submitted by:Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 28, 2019

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    from Woodland Hills, CA asked:

    February 28, 2019

    I need a 6" fireplace key. Do you have this size?

    1 Answer

    Unfortunately, we do not carry a 6" key.

    Submitted by:Brennan W. on February 28, 2019

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    Teri G

    from Los Angeles asked:

    February 21, 2019

    If the key is on the wall can I use a plate that is called a "floor plate"?

    1 Answer

    A floor plate will indeed work if the valve is in the wall.

    Submitted by:Brennan W. on February 22, 2019

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    from san diego asked:

    February 14, 2019

    Do you have any universal fireplace keys in a 5- or 6-inch length?

    1 Answer

    Unfortunately, we do not have any universal keys in that length.

    Submitted by:Brennan W. on February 14, 2019

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    from WA asked:

    July 16, 2018

    Is there more than one size for gas fireplace keys?

    1 Answer

    We offer valve keys in 3", 8", 12", 18" and 24" lengths.

    Submitted by:Will M. on July 17, 2018

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    from Atlanta, GA asked:

    April 18, 2018

    What is the shortest key you sell?

    1 Answer

    3" would be the shortest valve key we carry.

    Submitted by:Owen O. on April 19, 2018

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    from Bend, OR asked:

    February 6, 2018

    Can a valve be installed outside facing up? It seems that water or debris could cause some sort of an issue?

    1 Answer

    You can indeed install one upward, as the key normally pushes out any water that can build up. You will want to make sure, in an outdoor application, that you're using a stainless steel valve assembly.

    Submitted by:Brennan W. W. on February 7, 2018

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    Lester L

    from NY asked:

    January 9, 2018


    1 Answer

    To turn the key valve ON--simply turn the key to the left (counter-clockwise) until it stops.

    Submitted by:Kelsey C. on January 9, 2018

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    from IL asked:

    November 8, 2017

    How can I tell what type of key is appropriate?

    1 Answer

    You will want to measure the hole in the plate that the key will enter and match the key up accordingly.

    Submitted by:Brennan W. on November 8, 2017

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    from NV asked:

    May 24, 2017

    I have a fireplace valve in my floor, 6 inches from fireplace. I have had a new carpet installed and they covered it over. Is it an issue to leave it covered?

    1 Answer

    It will absolutely be an issue if the manual valve has been covered, as this has to be accessible in the event of an emergency.

    Submitted by:Will M. on May 24, 2017

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    from Hammond, IN asked:

    November 27, 2013

    Should the keyed valve on a brand new gas fireplace installation be a ball or globe valve?

    1 Answer

    Either can be used and they have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. A ball valve is easy to turn on and off, as it only has a 1/4 turn effort, but it is not ideal for trying to control gas flow to a fireplace, as there is little adjustment and they tend to whistle. A globe valve is able to be adjusted for flow, as it takes 5 to 6 turns from fully open to fully closed. However, this can be tiresome if you are only using the valve as an on/off shutoff. Globe valves also tend to wear out more quickly than ball valves.

    Submitted by:Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 27, 2013

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    from Los Angelos, CA asked:

    September 4, 2013

    Is there an extender available for our recessed gas valve?

    1 Answer

    This is a common issue that we run into with recessed gas valves, an unfortunately, there is not an extension sleeve that is made for this purpose. However, most gas valves use a standard 3/4 N.P.T. pattern and a male to female adapter in this size can be used to extend and connect the valve and cover.

    Submitted by:Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 5, 2013

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    from TN asked:

    April 10, 2013

    Can I safely remove my valve floor plate myself?

    1 Answer

    The floor plate/escutcheon is a purely decorative piece that can be unthreaded and then rethreaded without an issue. It has no direct contact with the seal in the gas valve, so a gas leak will not be an issue.

    Submitted by:Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 10, 2013

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    from Kansas City, MO asked:

    February 26, 2013

    Can these be mounted in the wall next to the fireplace?

    1 Answer

    Yes, our valves and covers can be installed in a wall next to the fireplace.

    Submitted by:Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 26, 2013

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    from California asked:

    December 13, 2012

    Are the keyed gas valves are certified / compliant?

    1 Answer

    The maker of the Dante gas valves does have a certification for their products. As such, the Dante valves on our site will carry the CSA certification, which is usually the required certification for use in California, Massachusetts, and Canada.

    Submitted by:Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 13, 2012

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    How to Test Your Main Control Valve


    Time to Complete:  5  minutes

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    Test #1 – Resistance Test

    One way to test if your main control valve is bad is by testing resistance.  We can do this with our Digital Multimeter.

    First lets make sure it is in the correct setting.  We what it in the Ohm’s setting (Ohms is basically a term that refers to resistance).  This is sometimes shown in symbol form:  Ω

    First, find you need to find “Zero” but touching your multimeter leads together.  If it reads anything other than zero, you’ll want to subtract this number from the number you will read on the valve.  To test the valve, disconnect all wires from the TP and TH terminals, then place your meter leads on these terminals:

    You should get a reading that should fall within the following parameters:

      • Honeywell VS8420 ‐3.1 to 3.6 R
    • Robert Shaw/Dexen – 1.5 to 1.7 R

    A SIT 820 valve looks like this:


    A Honeywell VS8420 valve looks like this:

    Honeywell Valve

    A Robert Shaw/Dexen Valve looks like this:

    Robert Shaw

    Test #2: Thermocouple Magnet Test

    Typically, for this next test you may be experiencing random occurrences of your pilot going out.  This test is for the SIT valve only.  It is a way to check and see if there is something wrong with the valve and not the thermocouple itself.

    First, disconnect the all the wires from the front terminals:

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    Then, unscrew the thermocouple from the valve (the copper colored tube):

    Next, you will have to test the magnet on the back side of the valve.  Depending on how much space you have, you may have to remove the valve entirely.  Here is a picture of the back of a SIT valve

    Put your Gardner Bender Digital Multimeter in the Ohms setting. Remember to touch both of your leads together and make sure the read zero.  If the do not, you will need to subtract this number from your reading. Now put one lead on the soldered point on the back of the valve and one to the ground:

    A good reading here is anywhere between 0 and 0.2.  If it is more than 0.2 then replace the valve.

    SIT 820 Valves

    Robert Shaw/Dexen Valves

    Safety Pilot/ Manual Valves


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