How to start your fireplace during a power outage

December 22, 2013

So I woke up this morning with no power in my Caledon home, which I must say is incredibly annoying, and I knew I had to find a way to stay warm. Canadians know how unpredictable and harsh some of our winter days can be so I thought I’d warm your hearts with a quick post on how to stay warm (see what I did there?). If you’re like me and have a gas fireplace, you may be just as surprised to find that you can ignite it while your power is out.

Here’s how to start your fireplace during a power outage:

covering_removed1. At the base of your fireplace you can remove the steel cage covering to reveal the wiring by lifting the cover up and out towards you.


remote box2. Then locate your ignition remote (made that term up), which looks like a little black box and pull it out.






3. I found two tabs that gave me access to slots where I put four AA batteries in. Put the batteries in (correctly of course), use the fireplace remote to switch it on and WE HAVE FIRE!





Side note: If your electricity is out it’s probably smart to take anything in your fridge that could spoil and place it outside since the weather will keep it cool. I suggest putting it in a box first and then placing it outside.

Share this with your friends and family and stay warm. Best of luck!

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