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Old 11-04-2008, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Mile High City
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So we haven't had the fireplace on till last week when it was real cold. But now its not too bad. The bf is leaving the pilot light on which scares me in a way. Also, won't it get expensive running the gas like that 24/7?? Thanks
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Grew up with gas that everything had pilot lights.

The cooker, the heating system, the hot water & the fireplace all had pilot lights, it's not expensive at all.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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My pilot lite is on all the time. Costs $5/month when not in use. I m too lazy to call em to have them turn it off and on. $5 is worth it.

I think its perfectly safe if your fireplace is in good repair.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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We have had no problems, hubby says it's only pennies. It sure is nice to just pick up the remote control and warm up the room. I'd hate to have to light the pilot each time. Go for it!!!
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:59 AM
 
Location: The Queen City
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I turned my off during the summer. It does make a difference when off. Every little bit counts.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:59 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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You should just leave it on. Pain in the tookus to keep re-lighting it. Just leave it on and use it regularly!!! You will be charged a minimum fee whether you use the gas or not - so might as well keep things lit.

Edited: I have gone rounds w/ Piedmont Natural Gas, b/c they charge a minimum fee, even when one is not using the gas. So I was assuming you use PNG. However, perhaps other gas companies do not charge a minimum monthly.

Last edited by brokensky; 11-04-2008 at 08:01 AM.. Reason: add info
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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I run the pilot all winter without issue, have for at least a decade on the current log set.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Mile High City
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Ok thanks so much for the info. It's new construction so I just flip the switch on wall and WALLA-fire!!!
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Ok thanks so much for the info. It's new construction so I just flip the switch on wall and WALLA-fire!!!

Love that feature.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Mile High City
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I felt kinda caveman just saying that LOL
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