Enjoying a custom-built fire pit on a cool evening is one of delights of cooler weather. Gas fire pit burners give you flexibility and safety. The fire is started and extinguished virtually instantly-no worrying about whether hot coals are going to linger and cause a problem-and there are no annoying ashes to clean up. Round, square, and rectangular burners are available in just about any size so you can customize your installation to fit your outdoor living space.
By Mike from Grand Rapids, MI on September 27, 2014
I have a 24 inch square fire pit and I will be using a 20 lb propane tank. What size burner should I use? I want to control how big the fire gets. Do i need an adjustable regulator or just a ball gas valve? Do i need an air mixer? I want the tank to be at least 10 feet away but I'm not sure what I should use to achieve that. What would you suggest?
By eFireplaceStore on September 29, 2014
For a 24 inch pan, the correct burner to use is a Hearth Products Controls Square Stainless Steel Propane Outdoor Fire Ring - 18 Inch. The unit will include an air mixer as standard, although a globe or ball type shutoff valve will need to be used. Although a 20 pound LP cylinder can be used, I highly recommend sizing up to a 30 or 40 pound version. The 150k capacity of this burner will limit operation to approximately 1 hour at a time on a 20 pound tank. A standard LP bottle regulator can be used, with the flow adjusted to between 10 and 14 inches of water column. Either copper or iron pipe can be used to supply fuel to the burner.
By Talbot from St. Louis, MO on April 26, 2013
I'm building a firepit with a 38" inner diameter, should I get a 30" or 24" gas fire ring? Do I need a pan if I'm using natural gas? Do I need high capacity?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 29, 2013
Based on the diameter of your pit, a 30 inch fire ring would be the most suitable size. I do recommend using a pan to support the surrounding media that you may use, such as glass, logs, or lava rock. We do offer pans that measure 36 to 37 inches and can be supported from below or by the surrounding fire pit wall.
A high capacity burner will offer taller flames, but nearly doubles the fuel usage of the burner. It is simply personal preference as to what capacity burner will be used.
By Mike from Napa, CA on October 17, 2013
When would I need a plate underneath my burner?
By Chris on October 17, 2013
A pan is strongly recommended in any gas firepit installation to provide water drainage of any rainwater. The pan also provides support for the burner and any media that is placed over the burner assembly.
By Jess from Sayre, PA on May 25, 2013
Can I use a 24" burner kit in my custom fire pit? It has a 30" steel ring that goes around it. How much flame would a double ring, 24" burner produce?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 28, 2013
We are working with a landscaper to build a natural gas outdoor fire pit. We have a 30" diameter pit circle in the middle of a larger circle where there is approx 5' between the fire circle to the seat wall. Can you recommend how many BTUs you would potentially target to be able to heat the area in colder weather (we live in the Midwest), and also to roast a hot dog or marshmallow?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 17, 2013
By David from Jacksonville, FL on December 9, 2013
I am having a natural gas firepit built, and am told that there is a requirement (in Florida) that it has to have a gas shut off if the flame blows out. Do your burners come with this?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 10, 2013
The flame sensing feature that you mention will be dependent on the gas valve, as opposed to the burner. Every match lit burner without an automatic gas valve will not have this feature. However, any of our manual or electronic gas valves will have a flame sensing feature that will shut down gas flow to the burner, should the flame blow out. If you would like to provide the dimensions and shape of the burner that you are looking for, I can provide options that will work for you.
By Mark from Robbinsville, NJ on October 11, 2013
I am looking to install a natural gas firepit burner. The inside diameter of the pit wall is about 37". What size burner do you recommend?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 13, 2013
I have a 32 inch round opening fora natural gas fire pit. the gas hook up is already installed. I would like a kit that will drop into the masonry structure and be lit by an ignition button or match lit. What size of pan and kit should I get? Are there any models that you would recommend?
I'm building a fire pit using retaining wall blocks and plan on having a 32" inner diameter opening. If I purchase either the 13" or 24" Campfyre burner will I still need a subplate to hold the burner in place? Question 2: I'm looking to have the wood log look, which burner size would best fit my opening? It looks like a fire in the middle of the logs gives the best appearance. Any suggestions?
By eFireplaceStore on September 9, 2014
You will indeed have to supply some sort of support system for the burner pan, be it stacked cinder blocks beneath the pan or rebar cross supports. For the size of your opening, the 24 inch burner would be the best size. This has an inner and outer ring, with larger perforations on the inner ring for a higher center flame.
By Quent from St. Paul, MN on August 19, 2014
I am building a 42 inch diameter fire pit which will use LP. How big of a burner kit do I need? What is the ideal BTU output? Do you have any suggestions?
We primarily only carry components for the firepits that we offer on our site. However, you may find a cover that would work for you in our Fire Pit accessories.
By Trent from Calgary, Alberta, CAN on March 10, 2015
I am in the process of buying 2 natural gas firepits however, I want to increase the BTU's to 150,000 on both as well as change the design of the flame and add glass. Is all I need a proper size burner, the burner pan, and fire glass?
Our fire pit has a dual ring burner (rusted) with lava rock and the flame is blue. Should there be an air flow adjustment? Is the stainless steel burner better? We are considering the glass but still might use the logs. What do you think?
on November 9, 2012
Most likely, the blue flame is being caused by a fuel mixture that is too "rich" or fuel heavy. There should be an air shutter or air valve that can be opened to balance the incoming air to the burner assembly. This is usually located on or near the gas valve for the unit.
Stainless steel is definitely the preferred material for outdoor use, as it not only stands up to precipitation, but can more readily deal with the large volumes of moist air that is drawn into the pit for combustion. Fire glass is becoming increasingly popular, both for the contemporary look and for the low maintenance aspect of the glass. The glass can last for years and requires virtually no maintenance.