Lighting Controls

There are many methods for controlling the gas flow to a vented gas log burner. (All photos are shown with Flaming Ember XTRA Burner, but can be used with any vented pan burner. All Valve Vanishers are factory assembled. All others can be ordered as factory assembled or as kits.

Match Lighted
Standing Pilot Safety Systems
Pilot on Demand-Electronic Ignition Systems (Electronic Ignition)

Match Lighted

Match Lighted.  Only for Natural Gas (see reasoning below). Light a match, place on ember bed, turn on gas with log lighter valve (usually in the wall or floor outside of the fireplace, but can use valve installed at the burner, like the V17B).

Match Lighted. Shown with V17B manual valve.

Match Lighted. Shown with V17B manual valve.

Safety Lighting Controls [SLC].  SLC stop the gas flow to the burner(s) in the event of an interruption in the gas supply or a flameout, so that raw gas will not continue to flow. Propane is heavier than air, so it accumulates rather than vents up a chimney, like Natural Gas does. Accumulated Propane is an explosion hazard, so the use of a SLC prevents this. Therefore, all Propane sets must have a Safety Lighting Control that automatically shuts down the flow of gas. SLC also provide a convenient means of lighting the main burner(s) and, in some units, controlling the flame height.  They are required for all propane installations, advisable for natural gas, and are required for installations in certain jurisdictions.

There are three main categories of Safety Lighting Controls:
1) Standing Pilots [SP] (Basic, "EASY" and Millivolt); and
2) Pilot on Demand-Electronic Ignition Systems (no standing pilot) [EIS]

Standing Pilot Safety Systems

Standing Pilot Safety Systems (all are installed inside the firebox):

Basic Manual Safety Pilot Control [SPK1] – turn the valve knob to light the main burner and adjust the flame height. Is not upgradable to remote control. Has 150,000 BTU/hour capacity (up to 42" set size). Available as On-The-Side or Underneath (in Valve Vanisher).

SPK1 Manual Safety Pilot Control.

SPK1 Manual Safety Pilot Control.

Manual Safety Pilot Control in Valve Vanisher assembly.

Manual Safety Pilot Control in Valve Vanisher assembly.

 

"EASY" System SPs are available in three types (all 90,000 BTU/hour maximum capacity – up to 30” size, 36” with ½” fittings and connector tubes):

***Please note:  All of the below "EASY" options use the same valve body.  This means that a "Manual" kit may be upgraded at any time to either "Remote Ready" or "Variable Flame Height Remote Control" functionality with the addition of either the SE-UP1 or RE-UP1 upgrade kits.  The all use a thermocouple pilot system.

A) Manual Safety Pilot Control [SPK3E] – turn the valve knob to light the main burner. ON/OFF control (minimal flame height adjustment). 

SPK3E Manual “EASY” Safety Pilot Control.

SPK3E Manual “EASY” Safety Pilot Control.

B) Remote Ready Safety Pilot [RPK3E] – Latching solenoid system that controls the ON/OFF of the burner(s) with the receiver switch or one of five Wireless Remote Transmitter Devices (sold separately – see below). "SE" is not a "millivolt" system.  Minimal flame height adjustment with the knob at the valve. 

  • Wireless Hand-Held Remote Control with Simple ON/OFF [SR-2R]
  • Wireless Hand-Held Remote Control with Thermostat feature [THR-2R]
  • Wireless Wall Timer [WT-2R]
  • Wireless Wall Switch [WS-2R]
  • Wireless Wall Thermostat [TS-2R]
RPK3E Remote Ready Safety Pilot. Operate with switch at receiver or with choice of five accessory transmitters.

RPK3E Remote Ready Safety Pilot. Operate with switch at receiver or with choice of five accessory transmitters.

C) Variable Flame Height Remote Safety Control [RMC1E] – Light the burner and control the flame height with the hand-held wireless remote control (included).

RMC1E Variable Flame Height Remote Safety Pilot Control.

RMC1E Variable Flame Height Remote Safety Pilot Control.

Millivolt Switch/Remote Ready Safety Pilot Control:
RPK3 for 30” and smaller; 24” for see-through. Available as On-The-Side or Underneath (in Valve Vanisher).
RPK1 for 33” to 48”; 30” to 36” for see-through.
RPK1HC for 54” to 60”; 42” to 48” for see-through.
RPK1XHC for 72” and larger; 60” and larger for see-through.

Light the burner with the included wired wall switch, or with the below accessories. Adjust the flame height manually by adjusting the knob at the valve.

  • Wireless Hand-Held Remote Control with Simple ON/OFF [SR-MV1]
  • Wireless Hand-Held Remote Control with Thermostat feature [THR-MV1]
  • Wireless Wall Switch [WS-MV1]
  • Wired Wall Timer [WT-1]
  • Wired Wall Thermostat [TS-1]

 

VMV Millivolt Safety Pilot Control in Valve Vanisher assembly.

VMV Millivolt Safety Pilot Control in Valve Vanisher assembly.

RPK3 Millivolt Safety Pilot Control.

RPK3 Millivolt Safety Pilot Control.

RPK1 Millivolt Safety Pilot Control.

RPK1 Millivolt Safety Pilot Control.

Pilot on Demand-Electronic Ignition Systems

There are three types of EIS, based on location of the components:
1) Underneath the set;  
2) On the Side of the set Inside the firebox; and
3) Outside, but adjacent to, the firebox.
    

  1. Underneath [VEI]. Components are factory assembled in Valve Vanisher Assembly. For 30” and smaller set sizes. Raises the log set 2-58” above the floor. ON, OFF and Flame Height controlled by hand-held remote transmitter (included). Battery powered. Cannot be interfaced with home automation system, power vent or wall switch.
  2. VEI Valve Vanisher with Electronic Ignition System.

    VEI Valve Vanisher with Electronic Ignition System.

  3. On the Side of the set Inside the firebox [EIS-RS150].  The “Big Ugly Box” – 4.25”w x 8” d x 5” h. For 30” and smaller set sizes. ON, OFF and Flame Height controlled by hand-held remote transmitter (included). Battery powered or 120v with accessory [STEV-AC]. Can be interfaced with home automation system or wall switch (loses flame height adjustment), but not with power vent.
  4. EIS-RS150 Electronic Ignition System with Variable Flame Height Remote Control.

    EIS-RS150 Electronic Ignition System with Variable Flame Height Remote Control.

  5. Outside, but adjacent to, the firebox, with the components installed outside of the firebox in a "vault" (minimum 12” x 12” x 12” ) with gas and electricity. 
    • RL150 – 120v and/or battery powered. For 30” and smaller set sizes. ON, OFF and Flame Height controlled by hand-held remote transmitter (included). Battery powered or 120v with accessory [STEV-AC]. Can be interfaced with home automation system or wall switch (loses flame height adjustment), but not with power vent.

      Note: Same components as EIS-RS150 except with 72-inch igniter leads and pilot tube.

    • 120V AC Powered. Versions for all sizes. ON/OFF control only. Can be interfaced with remote control, home automation system, power vent and/or wall switch. No gas modulation control – requires manual valve at burner to control flame height (such as V17, V1, or V2, or one of sufficient gas capacity). ). 120v stepped down to 24v with included transformer.
    1. EIS-N135 – Natural Gas Only. 165,000 max. BTU/hour
    2. EIS-N200 – Natural Gas Only. 200,000 max. BTU/hour
    3. EIS-N350 – Natural Gas Only. 350,000 max. BTU/hour
    4. EIS-N720 – Natural Gas Only. 720,000 max. BTU/hour
    5. EIS-P200 – Propane Only. 320,000 max. BTU/hour
    6. EIS-P350 – Propane Only. 560,000 max. BTU/hour
    Basic components of 120v Powered EIS.

    Basic components of 120v Powered EIS.