Revolutionizing Gas Fireplaces: An Overview of the Flame-tec Firebug

Are you tired of fumbling with switches and knobs to operate your gas fireplace? Say goodbye to outdated controls and welcome the future of fireplace management with the Firebug unit.

Despite its compact size, this remarkable Firebug device is packed with features that allow you to effortlessly control your gas fireplace from any smart device with Bluetooth connectivity. Not only does the Firebug’s small size enable easy concealment in your fireplace’s decor, but its installation is also a breeze.

Let’s unbox the Firebug and explore its components, guiding you through the simple setup process. Get ready to revolutionize your fireplace experience and enjoy the convenience of remote operation with the Firebug unit.

Key Takeaways

  • The Firebug is the world’s smallest and simplest smart gas fireplace controller
  • Setup is quick and easy, with just a few simple components to install
  • Control your fireplace from your smart device with Bluetooth connectivity

Unboxing and Components

Inside the box, you’ll find the Firebug unit, a CR2450 battery (the same type used in key fobs), a connection cable, and easy-to-follow instructions. From the battery to the connection cable and straightforward instructions, we’ll guide you through the unboxing and setup process, ensuring you can enjoy the convenience of a smart gas fireplace with minimal effort.

Firebug Unit

This tiny device, only half the size of a Tic Tac box, is packed with features that allow you to operate your fireplace from your smartphone or any smart device with Bluetooth connectivity. Its small size also allows for easy concealment in the lava rock or behind a pine cone, maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your fireplace.


The battery provided with the Firebug is a CR2450, the same type used in key fobs for cars. To install the battery, simply pop the Firebug unit out of its case, insert the battery and snap it into place.

Connection Cable

The connection cable included with the Firebug features piggyback clips on both ends, with male and female clips available. This allows for easy installation, connecting to the male terminals of the fireplace valve or the female connections if you’re dealing with a switch.


The Firebug comes with simple and easy-to-use instructions.

Setting Up the Firebug

Setting up the Firebug is a breeze – just insert the battery, connect it to your millivolt fireplace’s valve terminals, and conceal it out of sight. Now you’re ready to control your fireplace from your smart device with effortless convenience.

Inserting the Battery

To insert the battery, first, pop the Firebug out of its case. You can use a coin or a screwdriver to open the case using the small slot on the side. Take the included CR2450 battery and snap it into place. After the battery is secured, close the case.

Connecting to the Millivolt Fireplace

The Firebug is compatible with millivolt fireplaces, which are the most common type of fireplace control in the country. 

To connect the device to your fireplace, locate the three-pronged valve on your fireplace, marked with the following labels: TH, TP, and TPTH.

  • TH stands for thermostat
  • TP stands for thermopile
  • TP/TH is a combined terminal

The two terminals you need to connect the Firebug to are the TH and TP/TH terminals, which are usually found on the outside of the valve. The Firebug comes with a connection cable that features “piggyback” clips at both ends.  Note that the Firebug is not polarity sensitive, so it does not matter which wire is connected to which terminal.

To connect the cable, simply slide the female clips onto the TH and TP/TH terminals on the valve, ensuring they are snug. Then, plug the other end of the cable into the Firebug’s DC barrel jack. 

The installation of the Firebug is now complete, and you can use your smartphone or other smart devices to control your fireplace via Bluetooth connectivity.

Using the Firebug

Controlling via Smartphone or Smart Device

Once you’ve got it installed, using the Firebug is an absolute game-changer when it comes to controlling your gas fireplace with ease and efficiency.

Acting as a seamless bridge between your fireplace and your smart device, this remarkable device opens up a world of convenience and accessibility. With the Firebug, you can fully leverage the power of your smartphone or any smart device with Bluetooth connectivity to take control of your fireplace from anywhere within range.

Picture yourself comfortably lounging on your couch, engrossed in a book or enjoying a movie night with loved ones. Instead of getting up to turn the fireplace on or off, you can now do it all with a few simple taps on your smart device. The Firebug empowers you to effortlessly customize your fireplace experience according to your preferences and create the perfect ambiance without interrupting your relaxation.

But the convenience doesn’t stop there. 

The Firebug goes beyond basic control functions. With the addition of the Flame-tec Smart Hub it allows you to set timers, so you can have your fireplace turn on and off at predetermined times, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere before you even step into the room. 

By embracing the Firebug, your gas fireplace transforms into a modern, smart centerpiece that enhances your overall fireplace experience. It gives you an unparalleled level of control and convenience, all at your fingertips. Whether you want to wake up to the cozy crackle of a fire or have it automatically shut off after a certain period, the Firebug puts you in complete command.

Get Started With Firebug Today

Say goodbye to outdated switches and knobs and welcome the future of fireplace management with the Firebug. Elevate your comfort, create the perfect ambiance, and make your gas fireplace a true reflection of your modern lifestyle.