By Lawrence from Warren County, Kentucky on February 29, 2012
We are building a new house. The installer of our wood burning fireplace said that it was against code for him to install a propane log starter. He said Natural gas was fine, but not propane. My question is two-fold. Is there a special safety issue with propane? and second have you ever heard of this kind of building code issue?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 29, 2012
Answer:Because of the volatility of propane, in comparison to natural gas, some jurisdictions do not allow the use of propane log lighters.
Propane log lighters come with a mixing chamber that is designed to dilute the gas properly and allow for safe operation, but should the mixing chamber fail, an explosion can result.
As time goes on, there are fewer hand lit propane hearth appliances in existence, due to the safety issues mentioned above.
By gus from Escalon, CA on November 18, 2012
What is the difference between a LP log lighter and a propane log lighter? I don't see any.
By Magan B. on November 19, 2012
Answer:An LP log lighter is a propane log lighter.
By scott Rewick from Los Gatos, CA on November 27, 2012
I'm trying to revive my gas fireplace. While we use the fireplace regularly, we haven't used the gas portion for quite some time. Assuming I have the gas run to the fireplace, what do I need to install in order to have the gas run underneath the logs? Do I need some type of perforated steel rod?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 27, 2012
Answer:Typically, a gas log burner would be needed in order to utilize a log set, however I have had some customers use a log lighter, such as this item, as an improvised burner. Use of the log lighter would allow you to remove the logs more easily and switch back and forth between gas and wood.