Gas Burning Fire Pits

There are 5 steps to building your own gas fire pit:

  1. Figure out what you want for your outside material. You can purchase a premade fire pit, individual pavers and design blueprints to build your own, or a firepit kit with all of the DIY components necessary.
  2. Decide which type of burner you want. There are many options, including circle, square, spur, linear, and "H" styles.
  3. Decide whether or not you will be using a burner pan.
  4. Select the type of ignition system you'll be using: match-lit, manual spark, or AWEIS (All Weather Electronic Ignition Systems). There are even remote option that can be controlled with your smartphone!
  5. Choose your media. The amount you will need depends greatly on the size of your fire pit and if you are using a burner.
  • fire glass
  • lava rock
  • faux log set

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Can I install a fire pit on my covered patio so my family can enjoy a fire even when it is raining?
  • NO. Not only do we strongly recommend against this idea, there are also local codes in your area that require all structures and combustibles to be at least 10 feet from you fire pit in all directions. Flowers, shrubs, and gardens should be at least 5 feet away. Be sure to evaluate the area overhead - branches and structural coverings can ignite quickly! Always place fire features on a non-flammable surfaces, such as dirt, concrete, pavers, or bricks - never on a wood deck or on the grass! Additionally, you may want to check with your local code enforcement agency regarding fire pit regulations.

Do I need to have a gas contractor install my gas burning fire pit?
  • In accordance with local, state, and federal government codes, gas appliances need to be installed safely and properly. Having an experienced professional to conduct this task is highly advised.
What are BTUs?
  • A BTU (British Thermal Unit) tells you how much gas pressure is need to fuel an appliance. The higher the BTU, the more fuel is consumed. Some gas lines are incapable of maintaining adequate pressure for certain features. Therefore, we recommend contacting a local gas contractor or professional and have your lines evaluated to confirm it is safe to supply fuel to your fire element.
Is it ok to put a log or two in my gas burning fire pit?
  • NO! Wood burns at a higher temperature than gas, and it can cause major damage to your fire pit, burner, and any media you've added.
I love the look of fire glass! How much will I need for my fire pit?
  • Fireside Expressions offers a great tool for this! Our fire glass calculator will determine exactly how much media you will need. We recommend filling the bottom of your fire feature with lava rocks, and then topping it off with 1 to 2 inches of your choice of colored, reflective fire glass.
Do I need to clean my fire glass?
  • This is not necessary. Since fire glass does not melt, give off fumes, or leave behind ash and soot in your fire pit, it will not accumulate any residue.
I want my fire pit to look like a real campfire. Is this possible with a gas burning feature?
  • Yes it is! We offer a beautiful selection of faux log sets that can be placed in your fire pit! Gas is routed through the holes in the logs to allow for a theatrical performance of flickering flames. It simulates the appearance of a wood burning fire pit without the hauling and stacking of wood!
Is it ok to cook hotdogs or roast marshmallows over my gas fire pit?
  • We do not recommend it, for the simple reason that if food falls into the fire pit, it can be very difficult to cean and remove from the burner or media.
What is the difference between propane and natural gas?
  • Propane (or liquid propane) is very energy efficient and does not require a lot of BTUs to power your feature. Propane is sold in smaller tanks at gas stations and hardware stores, or larger tanks through fuel companies. If you plan on enjoying your fire pit frequently, we recommend having a larger tank installed by your home. A smaller version, such as the 20lb tank, will fuel your fire pit for about 10 hours.
  • Natural gas is cheaper than propane, however it requires more BTUs to supply enough pressure to gas burning appliances. If this is the fuel source for your home, you can easily route an extra line to your fire pit.
Is it true that propane is a dangerous choice for use in a fire pit?
  • If you are careful and follow the manufacturer's directions for your fire pit and fuel components, propane is a very safe option. Propane is heavier than natural gas and does sink to the bottom of your fire pit between turning on your fuel source and lighting your fire. This is precisely why fire pits have vents built into them.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Fire glass can be used with natural gas burning features ONLY. Fireside Expressions is adamant about this for the safety of our valued customers.
    • Because propane is heavier than natural gas, it will sink to the bottom of your feature. Small pieces of fire glass will not allow propane to circulate, and this could can lead to explosion of this particular media. Even with larger fire glass pieces, there is still not enough room for the gas to dissipate from wind and other factors. Lava rock allows propane to dissipate and is the safest choice for propane features. (In addition, it is always a good idea to incorporate lava rock into the bottom portion of natural gas burning features.)
  • Once your fire it lit, you can enjoy the warmth and glow of the flame. If you should hear a whistling noise, this may be a good indication that there is a leak in your gas line. Shut off your feature and have a gas professional check it as soon as possible!
How do I extinguish the fire in my gas fire pit?
  • Upon installation, your gas professional should have mounted a valve within a few feet of your fire pit. Just insert your valve key and shut off the gas supply. The fire will cease immediately. Never put water on the gas fire pit to extinguish the flames! While the fire may disappear, gas will still be flowing into your fire pit!
Should I get a screen for my fire pit?
  • Fire pit screens are not neccessary for gas burning fire pits. These are typically used with wood burning features, as it helps protect you and the environment from embers and sparks. With a natural gas or propane fire pit, this is not a concern.
Once winter arrives, what should I do with my fire pit?
  • Fire pits are made to hold up to weather conditions like rain, sleet, and snow. However, we recommend choosing a cover for your fire pit to extend its longevity. 

 

 

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