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Intermittent Pilot Ignition - retrofit? Possible?

Post in 'It's a Gas!' started by The Dali Lima, Oct 31, 2008.

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  1. The Dali Lima

    The Dali Lima New Member

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    Hello, my mother-in-law has an LP gas insert in her fireplace that she uses maybe 20 times a year. The other 236 days she has it off and just the pilot light is running. This seems like a huge waste of energy and resources. Would it make sense to look into an Intermittent Pilot Ignition system? I don't know (off hand) the brand of the LP insert. Can these inserts (generally) be retrofitted with an IPI system? Would installing one even make sense?

    Just curious, thanks!

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  2. tubbster

    tubbster Member

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    I seriously doubt that would be possible on a consumer level.
  3. R&D Guy

    R&D Guy New Member

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    Agreed, IPI pilots are also less forgiving to wind than standing pilots, and depending on how well the appliance drafts at start up, the burner make choke on its own exhaust before it establishes a draft. Unless the mfg has tested and listed both systems - which is doubtful, you won't find a kit.

    You may just want to teach her how to turn the pilot on and off. Just make sure she knows not to try and light the pilot for more than a few minutes before giving up for the night or taking the glass off.
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