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What is a millivolt control? Does the pilot light stay on all the time with a natural gas fireplace? Can you manually turn your fireplace off and on? Do you have to have a remote control or a thermostat?
Posted by Elite Deals - Chris M. on 24 October 2013 02:45 PM

Our Answer:

A millivolt system has a small flame that generates power for the unit's gas valve to operate. As a result, they do not require outside power to operate and can be used in the event of a power outage. The only thing that would be rendered inoperable would be the blower, if applicable. Because of the amount of power the fan needs to operate, it cannot be used during a power outage. With a millivolt system, yes, the pilot will stay lit all the time with natural gas (or propane). You can indeed manually turn it off and on with the control knob. You can even turn it all the way off (extinguishing the pilot) if you wish, but you will have to re-light the pilot every time you want to operate the fireplace. Otherwise, it will go from fully operational back down to just the pilot light. The knob will have three options - "OFF", "PILOT", and "ON", indicating these three options. On almost all of our millivolt units, you can indeed purchase an optional hand-held remote control or a wall-mount thermostat. We also have hand-held remotes that feature thermostatic control. If you want, please advise on any specific unit or units that you are interested in, and we will be happy to help you explore all of your options regarding remote controls. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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