Outdoor Propane Fire Pits: 4 Considerations

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Propane fire pits allow you to enjoy your outdoor space even on chilly Connecticut days and nights – and that might be pretty important this year as we continue to social distance.

Compared to wood-burning fire pits, they also offer some important advantages: they are easier to set up and break down, they burn cleaner, they are easily adjustable, and they produce no smoke.

But how do you choose the right fire pit for you, and how do set it up and use it safely once it arrives? Here are some pointers.

Choosing the right propane fire pit

There are many different types of sizes and styles of propane gas fire pits out there, ranging from fire pits that mimic a campfire to funky fire tables that feature colored glass. Most fire tables have an area under the table that will conceal the tank and make the table more attractive.

Selecting a fire pit is straightforward: aesthetics and size will often drive your decision. Look for a fire pit that allows you to adjust the flames’ heat, making it higher or lower by simply turning a nob or pushing a button (some will even allow you to do this with a smart phone app). Just remember that the bigger the fire pit is, the more gas it will use.

Finding the right spot

Choose a spot that is at least 15 feet away from your home and other outdoor structures; look for guidance from the manufacturer or your propane professional (see below) for more specific details. Your ideal spot will be blocked from the wind and free of overhead foliage. Make sure there are no pipes underneath your fire pit and no electric wires overhead. Only install a fire pit on a patio if the patio is made from non-flammable materials, such as stone.

Always hire a pro

A fire pit is a combustion appliance, much like a space heater or indoor fireplace. Improper installation or maintenance of a propane fire pit can be dangerous. Always leave propane fire pit installation to professionals.

Using your fire pit safely

Follow these simple suggestions to stay safe when operating your propane fire pit.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy – Make sure all adults in your house know where you fire extinguisher is and how to use it.
  • Clear away clutter – Keeping objects near the fire pit increases chances of an accident; keep the area clear.
  • Clean burners and pipes regularly – A blocked or dirty burner or pipe can cause a buildup of gas, which can be dangerous.
  • Check for leaks – Check all connections and valves for signs of a leak. If you find one, turn off the gas supply immediately and tighten the connections.
  • Know how to shut off gas at the source – Know how to turn off your propane supply from the tank in the event of a leak or some other emergency.
  • Use propane only! – Never pour gasoline into the fire pit or add paper, trash or combustible materials. Use a screen to prevent the spread of sparks.

Considering a propane fire pit for your outdoor space? We can help. Contact the pros at Hocon today for expert propane fire pit installations in CT!

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