Tips and Advice

  1. HPC’s New App Makes Fire Pit Installation Easier

    HPC’s New App Makes Fire Pit Installation Easier

    Think installing a fire feature must be difficult? Think again. Hearth Products Controls has just partnered with the BILT app to help take the guesswork out of fire pit installation. With the new app, using BILT Intelligent Instructions software, HPC is bringing detailed, easy-to-understand instructions to all iOS and Android devices.

  2. Fireplace Remote Control How-To Videos

    Fireplace Remote Control How-to Videos

    Fireplace remote controls can offer plenty of different features to control your gas fireplace - from simple on/off control to thermostatic, there's no question these remote controls can simplify your favorite appliance. But, because fireplaces go long periods of time without use, getting the remote synced back up with the fireplace can take some effort - hopefully, these videos will...

  3. Which Rasmussen Gas Fireplace Burner Should I Get?

    Burner Basics

    Among Rasmussen’s most impressive design features is the Valve Vanisher. This ingenious design addresses some of the most common problems associated with gas fireplace ignition systems. This feature hides the black box that contains the electrical components necessary to operate the fireplace, allowing for a more pleasing appearance. The Valve Vanisher also removes the need to off-center or downsize a gas log set to accommodate the control box, which also enhances the appearance of your fireplace. Finally, the Valve Vanisher places the control box in a cooler, safer location within the firebox. This extends the life of the components and decreases the likelihood of the system needing professionally serviced.

  4. What Wind Guard Works with Your Fire Pit?

    How to Determine What Wind Guard Works for You

    Wind guards are designed to complement your fire pit as well as prevent the flame from blowing around excessively or blowing out all together. Wind guards are also used to prevent loose items from getting too close to the flame. All of our wind guards are made with tempered glass which ensures they are durable and built to last. We recommend having 2.5" of clearance on each side (5" total) between your fire pit opening and the wind guard for optimal performance. The wind guards are meant to sit on the outside of your fire pit opening.

  5. How to Convert a Wood Fire Pit to Gas

    Reasons to Convert to a Gas Fire Pit

    Wood fire pits may be simple to install, but they’re not always the best option for those looking to install a fire pit at their home. Many urban developments restrict the use of wood fire pits due to safety concerns (an uncontrolled fire can spread dangerously). Beyond that, wood fire pits require the extra hassle of always having wood on hand to burn. This requires extra storage space, and because the wood is often stored outdoors, you’ll often find it's wet and difficult to start a fire.

  6. How to Clean Fire Glass in Your Fireplace or Fire Pit

    An Impressive Man-Made Option for Your Fire Pit

    If you’re looking for an impressive contemporary appearance for your fire pit, fire glass makes a perfect media option. This manufactured glass has been treated to withstand the high temperatures found in your fire place or fire pit. This special tempering process means your glass won’t burn, ash, crack, or pop when used, resulting in a product capable of lasting indefinitely—even with frequent use.

  7. How to Build A Fire Pit Kit with a Propane Tank

    Designing a Propane Fire Pit?

    Propane gas fire pits are becoming more common in residential settings given their convenient design. However, running new gas lines can be prohibitively expensive and require professional installers to ensure a satisfactory outcome. For this reason, many consumers choose to fuel their fire pits using a standard propane tank.

  8. How to Winterize Your Grill

    How to Winterize Your Grill

    When fall rolls around and the cold weather of winter is looming, it’s important for grill owners to be prepared by winterizing your grill. Many of you, I’m sure, are like me and grill year-round, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also prepare your grill for lower temperatures and nasty weather. Most of us are familiar with how corrosion (rust) can degrade the performance and lifetime of your grill - while high quality materials like 304 stainless steel are very corrosion resistant, that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to the elements. Not only does moisture stress metals, but grease build-up can create pressure points where corrosion can build and spread.

  9. How to Protect Your Fire Pit from Rain

    Has rain put a damper on your fire pit use?

    Fall can bring heavy rainstorms depending on where you’re located in the country. Unfortunately, without the summer heat to evaporate the moisture, you may find your fire pit area to be a damp mess the next time you go to use it. While there’s not much you can do to prevent a muddy sitting area, here are some tips to ensure your fire pit components last longer in wet conditions.

  10. Fire Glass Calculator

    How Much Fire Glass Do You Need?

    Use our handy fire glass calculator to figure out just how much fire glass you'll need to fill your fire pit - for reference, our standard 10 pound bags of glass are approximately the size of a gallon of milk.

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