How To: Build a DIY Match Light Gas Fire Pit
In the video above, our Master of Everything Fire (Adam) will walk you through exactly how to build your own Gas Fire Pit. If during this process you have any questions, or if you are unsure about one of the steps outlined above, please give us a call at the number below and an expert will be happy to assist. After watching the video, checkout the list of things to consider when building your own gas fire pit that we have outlined below. Once you are done building your gas fire pit, the first thing you want to do is enjoy / share it with friends and family. Share it with us! Send us some pictures and we will put them in our Inspiration Gallery. You can email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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7 Things to Consider When Building a Gas Fire Pit:
Before you begin designing your fire pit, first determine your gas supply. Both Natural Gas and Propane may be used but your supply pressure and BTU ratings need to be regulated for both. For Natural Gas, the supply pressure should be set between 3.5" - 7" of water column. For Propane, the supply pressure should be set between 8" - 11" of water column.
** If you are using a 20lb propane tank, consider the maximum output of the tank to be 90,000 - 125,000 BTU and a regulator must be used. The reason why this is important is that the BTU rating of the 20lb tank will limit your burner options to sizes that are rated for 125,000 or less BTU.
Fire Pit Burner
The shape and size of your fire pit burner can be selected after determining your gas supply. Choose a burner that is at least 6" smaller than the inside dimension of your enclosure; which will put 3" between the edge of the burner and the inside edge of the pit all the way around your pit. We have highlighted some of our most popular burners below, or you can View All Fire Pit Burner Kits.
Fire Pit Pan
Recommended for use with all fire pit burners, but required for fire pits that use a propane gas supply. A fire pit pan can be flat or a bowl style to accommodate your specific construction style. Your pan should be installed at least 3" - 4" below the top surface of your fire pit enclosure. The purpose of a burner pan is that in propane applications it separates the air mixer from the burner, and in ALL applications it helps with water drainage and ventilation. We have highlighted some of our most popular pans below, or you can View All Fire Pit Pans.
In many cases, the shut-off valve to be located inside the fire pit and if your enclosure walls are thicker than 3", there is a good chance that it will be necessary to use a flange extension and a longer on/off key. We have highlighted some of our most popular extension components below, or you can View All Fire Pit Valves and Keys.
For all fire pit burners, adequate ventilation is required. The recommended amount of ventilation is 36 sq. inches, or (2) 18 sq. inch vents on two opposing sides to create proper airflow. We have highlighted some of our most popular ventilation options below, or you can View All Fire Pit Ventilation Accessories.
Installation collars are designed to simplify the installation process of a fire pit pan. The flexible installation collars can bend for round enclosures and can be anchored in with concrete screws. We have highlighted some of our most popular installation collar options below, or you can View All Fire Pit Installation Collars.
Fire Media is the final step to finishing your gas fire pit. Lava rock, fire glass, and log sets can be used to complete your fire pit. A maximum of 2" - 4" of media should cover your burner and pan. Your choice for fire media is purely aesthetic depending on what you want for a final look and feel. We have highlighted some of our most popular fire media options below, or you can View All Fire Pit Media Options.