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    guitarjam Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 18, 2007, 08:18 AM
    Fireplace logs pilot won't stay lit
    The pilot on my fireplace logs lights with no problem, but won't stay lit.
    I have held the dial in for as long as 10 minutes but, as soon as I release it, the pilot goes out.
    Help would be appreciated
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    Mar 8, 2007, 12:03 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by guitarjam
    The pilot on my fireplace logs lights with no problem, but won't stay lit.
    I have held the dial in for as long as 10 minutes but, as soon as I release it, the pilot goes out.
    Help would be appreciated
    Convert over to an electric start non-pilot gas igniter. This saves gas cost. Check out this at specialty fireplace stores.. . nm
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    Nov 23, 2008, 01:32 PM

    On some related posts, somebody mentioned checking whether the flame is yellow instead of blue. I endorse that answer!! I have two identical log sets, one of which lit fine. I was going to start exchanging parts between the units to isolate the problem part, but first checked this site. Sure enough, the one that lit fine burned blue and stayed on, and the faulty one burned yellow. I blew compressed air into and around the flame orifice and air intake, and, voilą, it now burns blue and stays lit. The yellow indicates a flame that is not hot enough to activate the thermocouple. Terrific tip!
    Jim
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    Nov 24, 2008, 11:32 AM

    Replace the thermocouple, cheap and easy fix.

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