How to Install Blue Flame Log Lighters

By Dawn Gibbs

Blue flame log lighters help you safely and easily start a fire in your fireplace. The log lighter lies across the front of your fireplace grate and attaches to the existing gas line in your fireplace. When you turn it on, the burner ports eject flames into the stacked logs in the grate, lighting them for you. This eliminates the need for kindling, and makes lighting your fire trouble-free.

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A fireplace must contain a gas line to install a log lighter.

Step 1

Remove all ashes from the fireplace with a fireplace shovel and discard them. Brush the grate surface with a fireplace brush to remove any residual ashes.

Step 2

Screw one end of the log lighter into the existing gas pipe, laying the log lighter along the front of the log grate. Position the log lighter so that the burner ports are facing up at a 30- to 45-degree angle. Face the air shutter towards the front of the fireplace.

Step 3

Cap the other end of the log lighter with a 1/2-inch male pipe fitting by screwing the threaded end of the pipe fitting over the floating end of the log lighter. Rest the other end of the pipe fitting on the floor of the fireplace, or against the side of the fireplace.

Step 4

Open the chimney flue before you light the blue flame log lighter.