There is something special about gathering around a wood burning fire pit with family and friends and enjoying the snap and crackle of the logs as you watch the flames dance across them. It doesn't matter if you all just sit there staring at the flames, or if you laugh and tell stories of your adventures together - a fire pit brings people together and gets us all a little closer to nature.
Unfortunately, getting that fire lit can sometimes be quite the chore. If you don't want to have to mess around with twisting papers, stacking kindling into perfect little tee-pees, or blowing on tiny sparks in hopes that it will turn into a big flame, then you might want to consider getting a stainless steel log lighter for your fire pit.
A gas log lighter is a pipe that has holes drilled into it. It's placed at the bottom of the fire pit, under a log grate. When hooked up to your home's gas line, you can turn the log lighter on and light it with a match. It will produce flames, allowing the logs above it to catch on fire.
We always recommend that a certified gas technician install any gas fueled item, and there are definitely parts to this installation that may be above the normal homeowner DIY ability.
Give your local gas tech a call and ask him or her to come out and give you a hand.
- You'll need a gas line out to your fire pit. It needs to be buried 1 foot underground. We recommend going with an underground black flex gas line. It may be a little more expensive at first, but it is better than some of the alternatives in the long run (others kink easier and may cause gas leaks).
- When you dig the trench for it, you'll want to lay the gas line in a bed of sand. You can pick this up at your local hardware store.
- Bring the gas line up into the fire pit and attach your angled ball valve.
- On one side of the angled ball valve, you'll want to attach your stainless steel log lighter pipe, and on the other, you'll want to start attaching the fittings needed to take your line through the side of your fire pit, allowing you to easily turn you log lighter on and off. Turn the log light so the holes are pointed to the side, preventing any rain water from getting into the gas holes.
- Attach a nipple with female threads on both ends to the other side of the ball valve.
- Next, you'll need to screw a small pipe with male threads at both ends. The length of this pipe will depend on the thickness of your fire pit wall.
- Last you'll need to attach your valve cover, which can also be called an escutcheon. This is the piece that you'll be able to stick your key in and turn to easily turn your gas on and off right at your pit.
Fireside Expressions makes it easy to get most of these supplies at all once by purchasing one of our log lighter kits. And once everything is set up and checked over by a certified gas technician, you're ready to start using your new gas log lighter! Just think, you'll be able to get that bon fire started up in no time when the friends come over now!
Log lighters are not meant to be used as a gas burner. They are only meant to be on long enough to light the wood that sits above them. You may see others using them as a gas burner, but this is a bad install, and we would highly advise against doing anything like this. It is dangerous, and the system will not last very long at all. Please use the log lighters as they are intended to be used, and have a certified gas tech look them over before using it.
If you have any questions about creating your own DIY fire pit, please give us a call. Our fire pit experts are only a phone call away at 1-888-986-1535!