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Need Instructions to use Fireplace Gas Logs

Hi - The house we recently bought has a vent free gas log fireplace insert. The manufacturer is SFC and the model is UVFR-43 and 003903.
We have a floor mounted gas control valve. The fireplace has an ignite button and a control knob with "off, ignite, low, high" markings.
We were able to light the logs and they're burning.

Question: When we turn the logs off, do we just turn the control knob to off? OR, do we also use the manual gas control and turn that all off as well?

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  • Mary Sutton Nov 23, 2008

    Ours does not have a wall switch. That's an optional item and ours doesn't have one.
    Thanks anyway.


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There should be a set of metal cards attached inside the fireplace.
First you should read everything there.

I know you have to first light the pilot light.
And then there should be a wall switch.

The problem I have currently is that it won't stay lit when the artificial logs are there.

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