outta gas

The projects are backing up on me… all pretty much centered around my new studio space / radio room. Piling on, the nifty little gas-burning fireplace that heats not only the studio, but the whole dang house when it runs, decides to stop running.

Bloop. No pilot light. No gas. No flame.
stove-burns-again

Hold the pilot light restart button and it stays lit … but only as long as you hold the button down.

Odds are heavy on the thermopile. The owners manual lists a Honeywell part number for the entire gas valve setup available online for $250 to $400. No smaller parts, and a warning: Don’t try this at home, kids. Call a professional.

Heck, we are getting into the territory of “Might as well put in a wood burner for that money”.

Found a thermopile online looking exactly like the one in this magical Honeywell valve for $45. But it is not here… not now… not real soon.

We are talking about a little bulb that generates 750 millivolts. Heck, that’s pretty small; pretty sensitive.

So I bang and squeeze and pry a bit to expose a tiny bit more of the thermopile to the pilot flame.

My studio is heated again.

🙂