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    Gas Fireplace Keys and Valves

    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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    34 Questions & 34 Answers
    Fred
    from Berthoud CO asked:
    August 14, 2018
    Is the flange the same length as the key?
    1 Answer
    I apologize for the confusion, but your question was not submitted in response to any particular item. If you are referring to a kit that would include the flange, valve and key, these normally include a 3" key and flange that measures just over 2". The flange (aka escutcheon or floor plate) is screwed onto the manual valve with the valve stem projecting into the base of the flange. Subsequently, the key would be more than long enough. If the flange cannot be screwed onto the manual valve because the valve is to far away, longer keys are available.
    Will M.
    on August 16, 2018

    Ron
    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

    Joel
    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

    David
    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

    Mark
    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

    Wade
    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
    DANTE FIREPLACE KEY: TURN CLOCKWISE OR COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TO TURN ON PROPANE GAS?
    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

    zee
    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.
    Owen
    on December 19, 2017

    Kim
    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.
    Owen
    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.
    Owen
    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

    Gavin
    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

    Ken
    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

    Joanne
    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

    Jane
    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

    Julie
    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

    Andy
    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.
    Owen
    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

    Mike
    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

    Daniel
    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

    Jack
    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

    Patrick
    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

    John
    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

    Ed
    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

    Mallory
    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

    Kathy
    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

    Martha
    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

    Josh
    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

    Sara
    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

    Shawn
    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.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on February 26, 2013

    Steffen
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 13, 2012


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