I purchased a Hearth and Home BE36-C from an ad on craigslist. Maybe not a good idea, but I did. I have a general handyman's level of skill by trade. I installed the fireplace in a room I added to my house. It is connected to a wall switch. The pilot light is not intermittent. I can get the pilot light lit easily, but when I turn on the power to the fireplace, nothing happens. It is getting power to the gas control valve, but not from the gas control valve to the thermostat. Does this fireplace require a remote control to operate? My gut tells me the valve is bad. Is it dangerous to test the valve by momentarily bypassing the valve by jumping the power straight to the thermostat? I have plenty of experience with 120 and 240, but none with micro-voltage systems. Any troubleshooting tips anyone can suggest before I pony up the money for a heating and cooling professional that I can't afford right now?