How to add automatic "turn on" button to old gas/wood fireplace & stop using a match?
Our OLD house was built in the 40's with a gas and wood fireplace that has a key in the floor and a hollow gas tube in the fireplace and nothing else. I have to turn the gas on with the key, then use a long match to light the gas tube where the holes are. It always creates a mini boom and scares me that I'm going to burn my face off.
How to add a device that I press a button and the fire goes on automatically? I still want it to be both a gas and wood burning fireplace.
Do I hire a chimney company? A plumber? An electrician? Or all three? I'm in Los Angeles and have no idea who to even hire. Most chimney companies here only do cleaning, inspection (which we did, it's in good condition), and repair. I even talked to a licensed contractor that we're hiring for a bathroom addition and he said he preferred not to touch the fireplace.
What do I do? Any recommendations of companies?
Yes, it's an ordinary log lighter
Thanks everyone. It is a log lighter according to the gas company tech.
I put a grate over the log lighter, then fake (ceramic I think) gas logs on top. The gas logs are turning black and pieces of the black stuff are falling off, which I don't really care. It burns lots of natural gas that I see my gas bill goes up, and not a lot of heat, but we have central heat so it's mostly for ambiance. The flue is always open and no issues with smell or danger. I have 2 carbon monoxide detectors near by.
If there's no safe way to add automatic pilot "on" button/remote and still keep it as a wood burning fireplace, what's the best way to make it a gas fireplace only that actually gives heat? Buy a new insert? Who do I hire? A chimney company? How much should it cost?
Thank you guys. Cathy... next to the fireplace burning the fake logs right now, lol.