Originally Posted by rbm328
a dial is the adjustment for the temp setting. i want to remove this switch and replace it with an on/off switch so it doesn't come on automatically.
is this dial on the gas valve? If so you are talking about a snap action hydraulic gas valve. If this is the case. You would need to replace not only the gas valve, but potentially the pilot assembly, add a thermopile and then wire in a wall switch.
I may be off and not understanding, but from the sounds of it, this would be necessary if your gas valve has the dial on it.