Licensed plumbers or professional gas installers should be resources used for installing your fire pit. There are safety risks involved with installing gas products as well as local codes that have to be taken into account.
Cooking on your gas fire pit is not recommended. The grease or drippings from your food will clog the burner and give your media a dirty appearance. Fire pits also burn a bright yellow flame for appearance and yellow flames produce soot and smoke. They don’t soot up your media too much because the bottom, blue-er portion of the flame is what’s touching them. The tops of the flames, though, the parts that would be cooking your food, would produce a heavy sooty covering on what you’re cooking.
We recommend that you get a fire pit ring that is 6" smaller than the inside diameter of your fire pit. For instance, if your inside diameter is 42", you will need a 30" fire pit ring. This will allow for a safe distance from the edge of the fire pit, as well as help to maintain an aesthetically pleasing look.
For natural gas, having a pan under the burner isn't necessary but it is recommended. A pan keeps excessive debris from potentially clogging the burner nozzles, adds extra support for the burner and it also makes it easy to access the gas line for inspection. Another benefit is that it cuts down the amount of medium you have to buy because the pan supports the gas line which means that you won't have the fill the bottom of the pit with gravel to hold the pipe up.
For propane, a burner pan is necessary because an air mixer is required to ensure a clean and safe burn. A pan will provide adequate space for the air mixer to function.
Usually that annoying whistling sound is caused by the flex line. Make sure that it is routed where there are no major bends or kinks in the line. Whistle Free Flex Lines are also preferred. If you have determined that your flex line isn't the issue, the next thing to look at would be the gas supply pressure. We recommend that you call in a professional to check the pressure and make necessary adjustments.
Reflective fire glass has a reflective coating on one side which creates a mesmerizing effect. Non-reflective fire glass is uniform in color on all sides without the reflective coating. If you want to see side-by-side comparisons, see our page about Reflective vs Non-Reflective Fire Glass.
Absolutely not! Never use stones or rocks that you've collected. These stones have moisture content in the rock which will cause the rock to explode when heated. It is important to use stones that have been designated as heat resistant, such as our fire pit stones.
We suggest that you install it with the holes pointing upward so that you will get a larger flame more effectively. Another benefit is that you will get more heat pointing the holes upward. When it is pointed down, the heat flows into the base of the fire pit, which could damage the fire pit over time.
The maintenance on a gas fire pit is minimal. The burner will need to be cleaned and occasionally cleared of any obstructions. If using fire glass, it will need to be cleaned of any soot which can be done with soap and clean water.
CSA stands for Canadian Standards Association, which is a nationally recognized testing laboratory that certifies a product is safe, reliable and functions as advertised. Certification also requires that any ignition methods be pre-installed at the factory for testing.
The wind can certainly affect the flame. It can blow it to the side and make it harder to see. If the wind is strong enough to blow out the flame, you should not use the fire pit until the winds die down. If the wind is a concern, look into a wind gurad for your fire pit.
Our concrete, Corten steel and powder-coated fire pits can be left outside year-round, but we recommend that they be covered with the supplied all-weather fabric cover during the winter or if unused for extended periods. This helps to prolong the life of the burner components. All our firepits have a drainage hole on the underside – it is important that this drainage hole not become clogged or covered, as allowing the vessel to fill with water can damage the vessel and/or the burner.