Log Lighters

Log Lighters

Log Lighters

Log Lighters

When it comes to creating a warm and cozy ambiance in your living space, a fireplace often takes center stage. If you're a proud fireplace owner, you might have come across the term "log lighters." These ingenious devices are designed to simplify the process of starting a fire, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. In this guide, we will delve into the world of log lighters, discussing their benefits, types, installation, and key factors to consider when purchasing the ideal fireplace log lighter kit.

A log lighter, also known as a log starter or gas fireplace log lighter, is a device that facilitates the ignition of firewood in a fireplace. It eliminates the need for kindling and paper, making the process of starting a fire quick and effortless. These devices are designed to be durable, reliable, and safe to use, making them a valuable addition to any fireplace setup.

Benefits of Using Log Lighters

  1. Ease of Use: Log lighters simplify the fire-starting process. With just a turn of a valve and the strike of a match, you can have a roaring fire in no time.
  2. Efficiency: Traditional fire-starting methods can be time-consuming and require constant attention. Log lighters provide a consistent flame that helps ignite the wood evenly.
  3. Cleaner Start-Up: Using a log starter eliminates the need for paper and kindling, reducing the mess associated with starting a fire.
  4. Compatibility: Log lighters are compatible with various types of wood-burning fireplaces.

Types of Log Lighters

Cast Iron Log Lighters: These log lighters are robust and designed with durability and heat resistance in mind.

Steel Log Lighters: These are the most common type of log lighter, typically available with our without mixing chambers. They are available in linear and T-style variations.

Stainless Steel Log Lighters: These log lighters are specifically made for outdoor fireplaces. Stainless steel can withstand the elements and won't rust or clog after being exposed to the weather.

Choosing the Right Fireplace Log Lighter Kit

  • Compatibility: Ensure that the log lighter you choose is compatible with your fireplace. Make sure the thread sizes are correct and that your existing gas line can accommodate the log lighter.
  • Size and Length: Measure the dimensions of your fireplace before purchasing a log starter to ensure that it fits comfortably.
  • Material and Durability: Opt for log lighters made from high-quality, durable materials that can withstand the heat and demands of frequent use.
  • Installation: Depending on your expertise, you might want to choose a log lighter that aligns with your installation capabilities. Some log lighters require professional installation.

Installation Process

  1. Shut off the gas supply to the fireplace.
  2. Remove existing logs and debris from the fireplace.
  3. Position the log lighter evenly at the bottom of the fireplace.
  4. Connect the log starter to the gas supply line according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Test for gas leaks using a mixture of soapy water. If bubbles form, there is a leak. Tighten connections and retest.
  6. Once confirmed leak-free, turn on the gas supply and light to start the flame.


Log lighters are a game-changer in the world of fireplaces, offering convenience, efficiency, and a cleaner fire-starting process. They provide increased usability by making one of the harder processes (starting a fire) much easier. By considering compatibility, size, material, safety features, and installation, you can confidently select the perfect fireplace log lighter kit to suit your needs. Say goodbye to the struggles of starting a fire and embrace the warmth and comfort that a log lighter brings to your home.


Q: Where to place a log lighter in a fireplace?
A: To properly install the log lighter, place it on the front of the grate in a way that reduces the impact of the flames and minimizes heat exposure. Ensure that the logs on the grate do not directly rest on the tube. Additionally, the clearance between the floor and the log lighter should be enough to prevent ash accumulation from obstructing the burner ports.

Q: Can I install the gas valve inside the firebox?
A: When installing a gas line, it is important to ensure that the gas controls are not placed inside the fireplace. Additionally, the gas controls must be suitably positioned and protected to avoid overheating as a result of exposure to the wood fire.

Q: What are the reasons for purchasing log lighters?
A: The importance of log fire starters lies in their ability to facilitate an easy and efficient lighting of log fires. Unlike matches, log lighters do not pose any difficulty and can be used in various weather conditions. Additionally, they emit no harmful smoke or gas, making them an environmentally friendly option.

Q: What gas line do I need to install a gas log lighter?
A: Heat will be conducted through the piping that exits the fireplace. To prevent the risk of fire, it is crucial to maintain adequate clearances between the piping and combustible materials. Specifically, a minimum clearance of 1/2" must be maintained within 6" of where the gas line passes through any side of the fireplace. Joint sealant must be applied to all piping joints. The gas pipe should be run to the log lighter, which must be secured rigidly. For instance, a rigid pipe with a 1/2" NPT inlet should be used to connect the gas inlet and the log lighter. Pipe fittings should be employed to support the opposite plugged end of the log lighter (1/2" male NPT) in contact with the floor or side of the fireplace. Inside the firebox, copper or flexible connectors should not be used. Follow the above guidelines to position the log lighter and maintain appropriate clearances.

Q: Where do the burner ports of the gas log lighter point?
A: Position the log lighter so that the burner ports face inward at a 30-45 degree angle, while the air shutter is directed outward towards the front. Make adjustments to the air shutter (if available) until sharp blue flames with yellow tips are achieved.

Q: What maintenance does a gas log lighter need?
A: To prevent the accumulation of dust, lint, debris and spider webs during the off season, it is important to keep the burner and air flow passageways clean. It is recommended to have these areas inspected by a qualified service person at the start of the heating season. Prior to cleaning, make sure the gas valve is turned off and the fireplace has cooled down. For burner cleaning, inspect the log lighter inlet and burner ports with a flashlight to ensure there are no obstructions. If there are any blockages, use a straightened metal wire coat hanger to clear them. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the combustion and circulating air passageways and screens, and a damp cloth to clean the glass doors. Lastly, remove any ash build-up to prevent blockage of burner ports.

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