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    Even with the highest quality products, you will need to update the parts of your gas fireplace eventually. Getting a new fireplace key or gas valve has never been easier than with eFireplaceStore. Keep your fireplace safe and efficient with our wide variety of fireplace gas shut off valves and gas valve keys, all for the lowest price!
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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.
    Will M.
    on July 17, 2018

    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.
    Owen O.
    on April 19, 2018

    from Houston, TX asked:
    March 30, 2018
    My fireplace manual gas valve is female. I need a male valve key. Previous key was lost in Hurricane Harvey. Are those available to buy?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not offer any male manual valve keys. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    Will M.
    on March 30, 2018

    from Atlanta asked:
    February 10, 2018
    Could I get a 1/4 in key, NOT a universal 1/4 5/16? If my flange is slightly rounded and short term fix?
    1 Answer
    No all the keys we carry are the universal type.
    Owen O.
    on February 12, 2018

    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.
    Brennan W. W.
    on February 7, 2018

    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.
    Kelsey C.
    on January 9, 2018

    from houston tx asked:
    December 26, 2017
    outside firepit built from 4" solid block. Is there a key valve that has a stem long enough?
    1 Answer
    You would use a standard manual valve/floor plate combination along with locally-sourced pipe fittings to connect the floor plate to the valve as the stem of the floor plate would only be around 2" long. You would then need to purchase a key measuring 4" or longer to reach the valve.
    Will M.
    on December 27, 2017

    Mike D
    from Knoxville, TN asked:
    December 18, 2017
    I am replacing a gas log fireplace to a wood burner. I have natural gas and want to install a gas valve inside the hearth. Do you have a straight valve that can withstand the heat of the burning wood and a long key?
    1 Answer
    No, we do not.
    on December 19, 2017

    from Lorton, VA asked:
    December 18, 2017
    My friend has an entertainment center that butts up to the opening to the fireplace valve, so she can't use a 3 inch fireplace valve key. She needs something smaller. Do you have fireplace keys that are less than 3 inches long? If not, can you suggest an alternative way to turn the valve by using some kind of allen wrench (L-shaped) that can fit into the opening of the valve and turn it? Thanks
    1 Answer
    You can try using a standard 1/4" nut driver.
    on December 19, 2017

    sharron b
    from north canton, OH asked:
    December 16, 2017
    do i need to know make and model of fireplace? is there a universal key that fits all? thanks. sharron
    1 Answer
    No you would just need to know the diameter of the valve.
    on December 18, 2017

    Rene R
    from Austin, TX asked:
    November 29, 2017
    We just purchased a home with a Peerless Gold Star Lighter to the fireplace. There is no key. My plumber says it needs a male key. Do you have anything like this. I have attached a couple of pictures. I would really appreciate your assistance. If you don't have this, could you point me in the right direction?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we only carry keys with female ends.
    Brennan W.
    on November 29, 2017

    from Downingtown, PA asked:
    November 22, 2017
    Hello I need a replacement valve for my vermont castings fireplace insert. The old Honeywell valve has been replaced by a very exepnsive conversion kit ($750), is there a universal valce that can be fitted instead? Model #LHECDV30RFP HONEYWELL VALVE # 20003720 Thank you
    1 Answer
    We do not have universal valves, but we can reach out to the manufacturer for their direct replacement.
    Kelsey C.
    on November 22, 2017

    from Bridgeville, PA asked:
    November 15, 2017
    I have an Italy key gas valve starter. When I turn the key on, it does not have a stop point - it keeps turning. When I turn it off, it is fine, all the gas is off. Is this normal? Do I need to replace anything?
    1 Answer
    This sounds like an issue with the piece that should be stopping the ball in the valve being missing. You will want to replace the valve to prevent leaks in the event that the key is turned too far.
    Brennan W.
    on November 15, 2017

    from IL asked:
    November 8, 2017
    The fireplace in our basement is fueled with gas. We've never used it since we moved because we didn't have a special key for starting it. 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.
    Brennan W.
    on November 8, 2017

    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.
    Will M.
    on May 24, 2017

    from Kansas City, MO asked:
    April 4, 2017
    Do you have 3/4 " fireplace shut off valves?
    1 Answer
    Will M.
    on April 4, 2017

    from Wheaton, IL asked:
    April 3, 2017
    We just bought a home with a fireplace and no key. The hole is square. Do some round keys work with a square hole? Thank you.
    1 Answer
    Usually, the key is shaped like the fitting. They do make different types.
    on April 3, 2017

    BJ Hickman
    from Long Beach, CA asked:
    January 11, 2017
    I live in a home built in the '50s with a gas fireplace. The valve is missing a flange, requiring us to use a pair of pliers to turn the gas on and off. I am trying to locate a flange and key for it, but all the flanges fit a 1/2" or 3/4" valve. This valve is 1/4-3/8" at most. Do they make flanges with a smaller diameter anymore? Thanks for your help.
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, I do not carry one that would have that small of a fitting. This is likely something you are going to need to have custom fabricated by a local metalworker.
    Brennan W.
    on January 11, 2017

    from Kennewick, WA asked:
    January 7, 2017
    The brass fireplace face plate we have has a 1 7/8" stem After putting on granite facing I cannot reach the treads on the gas valve. I'm looking for a face plate/flange/escutcheon (whatever you call it) that has a 2 1/2" stem.
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, I do not have a plate that has a stem longer than 2.25". I apologize for any inconvenience.
    Brennan W.
    on January 9, 2017

    from Durango, CO asked:
    January 5, 2017
    I need a fireplace key that is 5" long, but can only find 3" or 8".
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not carry any 5" keys.
    Brennan W.
    on January 5, 2017

    from Richmond, VA asked:
    December 29, 2016
    I need to replace a gas key that appears to be a metric 7mm socket, rather than 1/4" or 5/16". It is labeled "Italy". The gas fireplace is original in a 20-year old house. I tried a universal fitting key for 1/4" or 5/16". The 5/16" socket was too big and the 1/4" socket was too small. Can you suggest where I might find a replacement key that would fit my on/off valve stem?
    1 Answer
    We will not offer any manual valve keys matching this description. In lieu of any products we could offer, I recommend having this custom fabricated locally.
    Will M.
    on December 29, 2016

    Pam McManus
    from Colorado Springs, CO asked:
    December 23, 2016
    I am in need of a gas fireplace valve extension. Ideally, at least 13", however, our valve has a half moon shape instead of the universal square shared valve. Is there any chance you have something like that?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not offer any replacement valve keys matching this description.
    Will M.
    on December 26, 2016

    Jan Terry
    from Palo Alto, California asked:
    December 22, 2016
    I need a custom grip on a 12" fireplace key to give me more purchase to turn on the valve. Can you do this? My valve hole in the house is very low, just 5/8" off the floor....with the long key, I can't get enough grip to open without a wrench.
    1 Answer
    This will not be an item we can have custom-fabricated. I recommend contacting a local blacksmith or metal fabricator for assistance with this.
    Will M.
    on December 22, 2016

    Brandon Moskal
    from Columbus, OH asked:
    December 15, 2016
    My fireplace valve isn't a square; it's a semi-circle. Is there a key that can be purchased for this?
    1 Answer
    We do not offer any keys that will work with this valve stem.
    Will M.
    on December 15, 2016

    from Durango, Colorado asked:
    December 12, 2016
    I am building a propane burner fire pit out of cinder blocks with a stone veneer finish. I need an angled (90 degree) valve that will span from the outside of the fire pit to the inside (which will be approximately 10 inches). Do you have a valve that meets these requirements?
    1 Answer
    This is normally achieved via any number of manual key valves and locally sourced pipe fittings.
    Will M.
    on December 13, 2016

    from Lincoln, NE asked:
    December 8, 2016
    I am looking for a key that is crescent or half circle in shape.
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not carry a key that has this shape.
    Brennan W.
    on December 8, 2016

    Mary Clement
    from Cincinnati, OH asked:
    December 3, 2016
    We are in need of a key for our fireplace gas starter. It's a very small bore opening.
    1 Answer
    May I please have you clarify if the gas stub is square or round? I was unable to tell from the photo.
    on December 5, 2016

    from glen ellyn asked:
    November 21, 2016
    Do you have extended length shut off housing? I am adding stone (approx. 1" thick) to the face of an existing wall, and I need to bring out the housing that the gas shut off keys goes into.
    1 Answer
    We will not offer an extension for any of the manual valves or floor plates we offer, however, you should be able to extend the escutcheon using pipe fittings sourced from a local hardware store.
    Will M.
    on November 22, 2016

    Walt Stoddard
    from Loveland, CO asked:
    November 21, 2016
    My fireplace gas shutoff valve would be mounted in the gas line that would run under the joists below the floor next to my fireplace. The floor mounted plate where one inserts the square key to open/close the valve would be located about 18 inches close by the fireplace, but installed in the floor. I see keys that are long enough to reach a valve under the floor. Are there also some sort of guides available that would mount, perhaps, to the top of the valve, and that would guide the key when inserted through the floor - to the valve 12 inches below?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not carry an item that would work for your application. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    Brennan W.
    on November 22, 2016

    from Belmont, CA asked:
    October 28, 2016
    I am running a gas line on the outside of my home to a fireplace. The shut off valve will need to be on the outside of the home and the key will need to pass through the entire wall. Do you have a product that will work?
    1 Answer
    While we may very well have a key long enough for this application, both local and national codes may not allow a manual shut off valve to be installed in this fashion, as this is should be installed inside the home. The installation of any gas piping should be performed by a locally licensed plumber or gas fitter.
    Will M.
    on October 31, 2016

    from Coal City, IL asked:
    May 30, 2016
    I bought a Dante valve from a local fireplace distributor and had a builder contractor install it. It's now buried in a brick wall and the key that came with it does not fit. I can see a square shaft that it should fit on but it is smaller than the square key end. Went back to the dealer and they said all of Dante valves and keys are the same standard size. Bought another valve hoping to be able to just change out the innards but these valves are definitely different. Do they make a key for a smaller size shaft? Can't really say what the size is because there is no way to get in there to measure it.
    1 Answer
    We offer Dante Universal Gas Valve Keys that will work with both 5/16" and 1/4" valve stems, however, there are valves out there (blue flame, etc.) that have a different stem size and the Dante universal keys will not work. I recommend determining the brand of valve you have installed to locate the correct key if you are unsure.
    Will M.
    on May 31, 2016

    from Dallas, TX asked:
    May 21, 2016
    We remodeled our fireplace and the old valve floor cover (in the wall) is now too long because it was the length of the old brick. We've removed the brick and made it flush with the tile, so if we attach the current floor cover it sticks out. How do I get a shorter one?
    1 Answer
    I would recommend simply cutting the stem of the escutcheon to the correct size as there would be no way to determine if the floor plates offered on our site will be correct without knowing if your valve threading is 1/2 N.P.T. You already know the current escutcheon is correct.
    Will M.
    on May 23, 2016

    from Chino Hills, CA asked:
    February 17, 2016
    How many different sizes of fireplace gas valves are there? I do not know which size to buy.
    1 Answer
    This will depend on the line running to your unit, the gas type you are using, and what you are going to attach to the line. We would suggest contacting your local gas company or your installer to see what size valve you will need.
    Brennan W.
    on February 17, 2016

    from NJ asked:
    November 30, 2015
    I have a fireplace valve with F1131NL written on the outside and I need a replacement key but I don't know which one will fit. Can you help me?
    1 Answer
    This is a Dante valve and they use either a 1/4 or 5/16 control stem, but their keys are stepped to operate both sizes. As such, the Dante 3" Universal Gas Valve Key - Plain should work.
    Will M.
    on December 1, 2015

    from Las Vegas, NV asked:
    November 23, 2015
    I have a wall key and do not know which way to turn the key for the gas to get to the fireplace. Which way should my key turn?
    1 Answer
    Directional arrows on the floor plate will normally indicate this, but you will normally have to turn the key to the left to allow gas flow and to the right to shut off gas flow.
    Will M.
    on November 24, 2015

    from VA asked:
    July 15, 2015
    I recently ordered a wood-burning fireplace and engineered a chimney as well as a log lighter. Is there any additional safety that I can get for the gas line other than the key/valve in the wall? My contractor seems very concerned about this set up as the key/valve as the only safety mechanism.
    1 Answer
    With a log lighter, there is no secondary valve that can be installed inside of the fireplace cavity and installing a secondary valve with a log lighter for the purpose of burning wood would actually be quite unsafe. The safety valve is sufficient so long as it is installed by a qualified agency in accordance with the installation instructions for installing a gas log lighter on page 13 of the installation manual for the WCT2036.
    Will M.
    on July 15, 2015

    from Roswell, NM asked:
    July 8, 2015
    The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (NFPA #58) states that gas valves shall have a minimum service pressures rating of 125 psi. What is the service rating of your fireplace valves?
    1 Answer
    The gas valves that we carry are primarily for residential applications and would have an operating range of .4-.5 psi or 11-14" of w.c. as pressures in excess of 1/2 PSIG will damage a fireplace gas regulator. As 125 PSIG equates to over 3000 w.c., I believe the code that is being interpreted relates to a commercial setting or refinery.
    Will M.
    on July 8, 2015

    from Washington, DC asked:
    March 26, 2015
    I have a gas fireplace which produces an attractive gas flame but is not intended to be a source of heat. Unfortunately, the flame is a bit too high and there is no flame adjustment knob. However there is a brass key protruding from the wall nearby, presumably to shut off the supply of gas to the fireplace. Can I use that key to partially shut off the supply of gas to the fireplace and thereby reduce the flame? If yes, are there any safety issues or other considerations?
    1 Answer
    The main shutoff can indeed be turned down, but it is very tricky to get the adjustment just right. The gas valve inside the fireplace itself is designed to keep outgoing pressure at a set range, despite any difference in pressure flowing into the valve. In order to make the flame decrease, you would have to close down the main shutoff enough to lower the gas pressure going into the fireplace. There is no issue in doing this from a safety standpoint, but the unit may not cooperate. Also, low gas pressure can cause the valve to whistle, which can be an annoying side effect.
    on March 26, 2015

    from IL asked:
    March 2, 2015
    I need a screw-in fireplace flange and the key for it. I have seen the kits but I'm not sure what length to get. From the wall to the tip of the pipe that is inside the wall is 3" but there is going to be more to screw in.
    1 Answer
    Being that your valve is beyond 2 1/16", I would suggest having a nipple cut to length, with threads on the interior to connect to the valve body, and threads also on the exterior wall of the nipple to thread to the cover plate. Instead of the standard 3" key, I would suggest an 8" key instead.
    Chris C.
    on March 3, 2015

    from GA asked:
    March 2, 2015
    I purchased a replacement gas valve key from a local hardware store that has both a 1/4" and 5/16" socket. Neither of these worked though and the tool seemed to slip without being able to get the valve to turn off. How can I know what socket my floor valve takes? It there a socket smaller than 1/4"?
    1 Answer
    The most common sizes available are 1/4" or 5/16" sockets. To better determine which size you have, try using a deep well socket to match the size. You may need to further investigate the valve stem to see if it has been rounded off by mistake.
    Chris C.
    on March 3, 2015

    from Indianapolis, IN asked:
    February 22, 2015
    I recently added hardwood flooring and now my 2" long valve cover doesn't reach the threads. Do you have a longer gas valve cover available that is maybe 2 1/2" long?
    1 Answer
    Your best option would be to obtain a longer key. Dante makes several universal keys like the Dante 12" Universal Gas Valve Key that would seem to correct your issue.
    Will M.
    on February 23, 2015

    from Ventura, CA asked:
    February 1, 2015
    I have a Kiva gas fireplace with a small burner in the firebox that has a control knob for the flame height. Below the hearth is an opening in the stone that holds that main shut off valve. This Kiva never came with a key to access the shut off valve. My main concern is that the shape of the stem coming off of the valve seems more rounded off rather than squared. Would any gas valve key work for me or would I have to have one custom made?
    1 Answer
    Thank you for the picture. In zooming in on this image, the gas valve stem does appear to be a flat, square cut stem. I definitely see what you are referring to with the circular end, but I do believe a a square key should work for you. I do recommend a key that features both a 1/4" and 5/16" opening, though.
    Kevin E.
    on February 2, 2015

    from Northfield, IL asked:
    January 21, 2015
    I have a 90 degree, keyed gas valve on my gas log set and I think that it is leaking when it's closed. I can smell gas but nothing ignites when I move a match around it. I am looking to replace the valve but can not seem to find one. It is somewhat similar to your BVA valve but I see that it is only rated for up to 125 degrees. What valve would you suggest as a good replacement?
    1 Answer
    The valve you have looks very similar to the Real Fyre AV-17 On/Off Manual Valve with Knob Handle for Gas Logs and would perform the same function. Unlike the Dante valve, this product is designed for installation within the firebox.
    on January 21, 2015

    from Blytheville, AR asked:
    January 9, 2015
    I'm looking for a fireplace key for my gas fireplace. What would you suggest?
    1 Answer
    One of our universal keys, such as the Dante Universal Gas Key - 3 Inches would be appropriate if the valve is relatively close to the surface. This key uses a socket which fits both 1/4" and 5/16" gas valve stems.
    Chris C.
    on January 9, 2015

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

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

    from CA asked:
    August 8, 2013
    Can the lock valve be moved?
    1 Answer
    I am assuming you are referring to the shut off valve? If so, yes it can be relocated. However, it will require cutting into the wall and cutting/threading the pipe, which can indeed be an undertaking.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on August 8, 2013

    from Kentwood, LA asked:
    May 13, 2013
    Do you have an escutcheon that fits a 1/2" male thread?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, no. Our decorative valve covers are designed to thread onto any standard, 1-inch gas valve body.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on May 14, 2013

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

    from GA asked:
    March 31, 2013
    How can we determine what type and size key we need?
    1 Answer
    The type of key will depend on the gas valve that you have. Does the gas valve have a round, decorative cover with a small hole in the center? If so, this type of valve likely requires a 1/4 inch key. The decorative cover can be unscrewed and removed to allow access to the valve stem for measurement.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on April 1, 2013

    Having a fireplace means taking a little time to keep it in working order. After sitting unused during the warmer months, fireplace experts recommend performing necessary preventative measures. Look at the overall structure of your fireplace as well as the fireplaces accessories. For example, check on the condition of fireplace valves and fireplace keys; make sure they have not been lost. Consider reading our article on Fireplace Maintenance for additional information, or contact one of our NFI certified technicians.
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