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Old 10-08-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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For those with gas fireplaces

I know this is probably a stupid question, but I've never had a gas fireplace (that we used) before.
Do you leave the pilot light lit during the winter? Or do you turn off the gas and light it each time you want a fire? We have wall switches to light the fire, and for a blower, so I know we can leave it lit, but I wasn't sure if that ends up costing a lot of money in wasted gas?
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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I don't think ours is 100% gas but it does have a gas starter.

We keep it turned off until we want to use it and then turn it on. Once the fire is going merrily, I turn the switch to off.

The pilot light is a part of our normal gas system so that is always on. There is just a line to the fireplace with an on/off switch at our house.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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We turn our pilot light off. Left it on one winter and the gas bill about bankrupted us!
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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We use propane. We leave the pilot light lit during very cold weather when we expect to use the fireplace daily.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:34 PM   #5
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From Oct to Mar we leave the pilot lit because we're turning the fire on every day. In the spring/summer we tend to turn it off at the shut-off in the line so that it isn't wasting any gas. The pilot alone doesn't burn much, just a drop in the bucket compared to actually running the fire, but there's no point in having it on if we're not lighting the fire regularly.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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We haven't used our fireplace in forever, since we have young kids, but we keep the pilot lit all the time. Our gas bills aren't bad at all.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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Our pilot is lit year round. We had our first gas fp in our last house and did the same thing. It doesn't really affect our gas bill.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:20 PM   #8
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Same here, it's on all the time. I've never thought about it affecting our gas bill because it used to be OFF all the time. I didn't notice a difference in the gas bill when we fixed the fireplace and started leaving the pilot on.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:58 PM   #9
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Ours is on all the time............keeps the spiders out of the gas line.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:10 PM   #10
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Only experience I have is with my parents house, there isn't a pilot light, so you have to light it everytime you use it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #11
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I leave my pilot light on the whole season. Once I stop using any heat, I turn it off.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:42 PM   #12
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Thank you everyone for all the replies! It will be nice to just keep it lit all winter. Very convenient to light a fire by just flicking two switches!
Thanks again!
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:03 PM   #13
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I know this is probably a stupid question, but I've never had a gas fireplace (that we used) before.
Do you leave the pilot light lit during the winter? Or do you turn off the gas and light it each time you want a fire? We have wall switches to light the fire, and for a blower, so I know we can leave it lit, but I wasn't sure if that ends up costing a lot of money in wasted gas?
We never turn ours off. My neighbor turns his off for the summer.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #14
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I turned it off for the summer, but left it lit all winter. I just hope I can get it relit for he winter, we've had our first mild weekend. Only in the high 70's.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:19 PM   #15
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We turn it off after winter and will light the pilot in a month or so.

It costs about $5 a month to keep the pilot lit, plus it puts out heat. No brainer for us.
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