A fire pit can be one of the most intimate settings in a backyard. Fire pit burners are great because the user doesn’t have to worry about lighting the fire with fluid or with matches. Fire pit burners typically run on natural gas or on propane. Portable fire pits will run on a propane gas tank much like a gas grill. If you would like to install a fire pit burner in your back yard, there are a few things that you must know before you get started. Here is a simple guide on how to install a fire pit burner.
Determine where you want the fire pit to go in your backyard. Fire pits should never be installed indoors. Move the fire pit to where you want it in the back yard and make sure that it is within reach of your propane or gas tank. Some homes with have a gas line installed specifically for their gas grills or fire pits. If you have a gas or propane line installed, make sure that your fire pit is within the distance of your line.
Clean the fire pit before you install the burner. Usually, you will be able to clean the fire pit with a regular garden hose and some all-purpose cleaner. The water from the garden hose will clean any ash out of the fire pit and the all-purpose cleaner will remove any tarnish or burned particles that have stuck to the surface. Wash the fire pit out with the hose and then dry it completely with a towel.
Play the fire pit burner on the bottom of your fire pit. This should be resting in the middle of the fire pit so the flame is distributed evenly to your wood or coals. Make sure that the fuel port on the side of the burner is facing the fuel-port hole inside your fire pit. Push the fuel port of the burner out the fuel-port hole and then connect your fuel source to the burner.
Tighten the fuel source regulator with your hands until it’s snug. If you do not connect the fuel source with the regulator properly, you could have a leak and this could cause an explosion. Go to your fuel source and turn it on. For a propane tank, you will need to turn the regulator until it is in the open position. For a natural gas line you will need to turn on the valve connected to the line.
Listen for a hissing sound coming from the propane tank or the natural gas line. If you smell any gas or you hear a hissing sound, turn everything off immediately. You probably have a leak. Call your gas company or return your propane tank to a dealer to have it serviced. If you do not hear a hissing sound, you can light the burner.
Strike a match or use a barbeque lighter to light the flame. Hold the flame close to the burner but don’t put your entire hand in the flame’s way. Wait for the flame to ignite and then put your logs or coals onto the fire pit.