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    Default Do you leave your gas fireplace pilot light on all the time ?

    Guys, do you guys leave the pilot light for your gas fireplace on all the time or do you shut it off when spring comes around and turn it on again when it gets cold ?

    Our house is 3 years old so we have a fairly new gas fireplace. The pilot light has been on all this time because the home inspector told me it only costs about $20/year to leave it on and there are some advantages doing so. But I am having second thoughts about this...do you see a significant saving on your gas bill after you turn off the pilot light ?

    We barely use our gas fireplace even in the winter so I am thinking of shutting it off until we need to use then I can light it up again.

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    I leave it running year round.

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    Mine has been off for 2 years we never use the thing. My old place I shut it off in the spring and back on in the fall / winter.
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    I turn it on about the time I set the thermostat from COOL to HEAT. Vice-versa in the spring. My wife likes to use the fireplace about once or twice a week so it's gotta be on... I never use it and if I had my way I'd have the pilot off all the time.

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    Off here...not that hard to turn it back on for the 1-2 times a year it's used.

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    it cost less than 5 bucks a month to have two fireplace pilots lights on all the time.

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    Turn it off

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    I turned it off this year.. less heat coming from the FP that way anyways.. Even a lil flame produces alot of heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 240sxer View Post
    I turned it off this year.. less heat coming from the FP that way anyways.. Even a lil flame produces alot of heat.
    You can't be serious?

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    always on.

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    hahah. i will leave mine on. its very rare but i have seen it in the past spider webs or even whole spiders crawling in and blocking the orifice a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    You can't be serious?
    I actually am. My flame was set to "high" from previous owners, lol. But even when I lower it enough to be barely on I still get heat coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figo View Post
    I leave it running year round.
    Same here.

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    yes if its the basement.

    but as soon as the A/C comes, turn it off

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93GTCANADA View Post
    hahah. i will leave mine on. its very rare but i have seen it in the past spider webs or even whole spiders crawling in and blocking the orifice a bit.
    that's what i was told as well.

    Mine is on year round.

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    When I moved into my place I noticed the heat by my feet when I was standing a couple of feet away. Why not shut it off? It takes all of 30 seconds to shut it off and maybe 2 minutes to get it started in the fall.

    Don't forget about the added load on the air conditioner.

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    Well I have a wood Fireplace so I don't need no gas fireplace but you should turn it off, since it's not being used what if you have a gas leak booooommmmmmmm the house is gone !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neeko-97RS View Post
    that's what i was told as well.

    Mine is on year round.

    keep in mind it is very very very rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    You can't be serious?
    he's right; touch the window to your fireplace... it's hot.

    I turn it off once winter is over. If I'm not gonna turn on the FP, what's the point of having the pilot light on?

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    I leave mine on
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