Outdoor Gas Burning Fireplaces

Can I install my own gas fireplace?

To ensure your fireplace is up to code and safe to use in your outdoor living space, we highly recommend you have a certified gas professional take care of the installation process.

What is the difference between propane and natural gas?

Although either choice is an excellent fuel source for your fireplace, there are some differences in both cost and efficiency:

  • LP (Liquid Propane) - This is a very energy efficient fuel source. It is easily compressed and most gas stations and hardware stores sell portable tanks of LP. If you will be using a large amount, we recommend a having a large tank installed outside your home (one or two 100-lb. tanks would even be sufficient). Because propane is heavier than air, it tends to sink to the bottom of fire features. Before lighting anything that uses LP, make sure to smell the area for signs of a leak.
  • NG (Natural Gas) - Because it is difficult to compress, your gas company pumps it in through dedicated fuel lines. Many homes have NG lines that can be routed outside to your fireplace by a certified gas professional. NG is lighter than air, so there is less of a chance of explosion. However, if you smell gas, do not light your fireplace! NG is cheaper than propane, but provides less BTUs.
What are BTUs?

A BTU (British Thermal Unit) is the term used to measure the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of water by one degree Fahrenheit; it also tells you the amount of gas pressure needed to run your appliance. The higher the BTU, the more fuel you use. It is always a good idea to check with a certified gas professional to find out if you have enough pressure to supply the BTUs recommended for your appliance.

Can I burn wood in my gas fireplace?

NO. Never put wood in your gas fireplace. Wood burns at a higher temperature than gas, and can cause irreparable damage to your fireplace.

Is it safe to use fire glass in a propane burning feature?

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.)


Is the fire glass sharp?

Our tempered fire glass is tumbled to help round off any rough edges, but there is always a possibility that some pieces may be a little sharp. We recommend wearing work gloves when touching fire glass. Pleasure make sure not to touch the fire glass when it is still hot from a fire!

Does fire glass need to be cleaned?

No. Fire glass does not melt, let off any smells, leave behind or collect soot. It will leave no residue in your fire pit. 

How do I turn off my gas fireplace?

Always check your installation manual. Some of our fireplaces use a simple On/Off switch. All fireplaces should have a gas valve that will allow you to shut off the gas flow. NEVER pour water your gas fireplace to extinguish the flames. This could cause your fireplace to crack.

Can my fireplace stay outside year round?

Yes. Your gas burning fireplace is made to be a permanent addition to your outdoor decor. It is made to withstand the weather, no matter the season.

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