How to Convert a Non-Remote-Control Gas Fireplace to Remote-Ready


There's nothing like snuggling up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter's night. However, if having to get up to adjust the gas valve and manually light the fireplace is becoming more of a chore than a pleasure, there are a variety of different fireplace electric remote-control systems that can be installed. The most common are electric remote systems that connect directly to the gas valve. These systems are comprised of a handheld remote and then a receiver that connects directly to the gas line.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-volt remote battery
  • Receiver unit
  • Remote control
  • Connect the left wire terminal at the bottom of the receiver unit into the gas valve terminal block marked "TH." The receiver has a cable running from the bottom of it with two wire terminals. The terminal on the left connects to the "TH" gas valve terminal; this is located on the far right hand side of the gas valve terminal for the fireplace.

  • Connect the unit's right terminal wire to the gas valve terminal block labelled "TH/TP," which is located on the far left hand side of the terminal block.

  • Plug one end of the 120-volt base adapter into the jack on the unit. The jack plug-in is located at the top of the receiver unit. Plug the other end of the adapter into a standard 120-volt wall socket.

  • Turn the power on on the remote control and press the ignite button to test the setup.

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