Outdoor fire pits are a great addition to any backyard or outdoor space. They have great aesthetic appeal and add a lot of comfort and creativity without using a single piece of wood. Of course, in order to achieve this, you would have to run a gas line to your fire pit. This article will show you the ins and outs of gas lines for outdoor fire pits.
Running the Gas Lines
Depending on your location, there may be requirements to obtain a permit in order to run or extend a gas line. This is to ensure safety standards are being met and, if the house is ever sold, the new owner will be aware of the modifications that have been made.
There are several options for running gas lines. You could run them along the perimeter of the basement or dig a trench outdoors. What option you choose will depend on the restrictions of your current location and the setup of your home.
Size of the Gas Lines
Another area that often needs attention is when figuring out what size of gas lines to use for your fire pit. While making this decision there are many There are a lot of variables involved in this decision, such as the size of the pit, length of the lines, gas pressure and the type of gas that will be used. You need to also consider other appliances around your home that are operating off of the same gas supply.
Most fire pits have recommendations for incoming gas pressure and flow. Other decisions such as length and size of the lines will depend on where your pit is located.
Material used for the Gas Lines
Gas lines come in different types of material, ranging from copper to black and galvanized pipe. Different materials require different specifications for operation. For example, to minimize the risk of corrosion properly coat and tape the black pipe. Copper is also increasingly becoming a less popular choice due to this same risk of corrosion and the higher likelihood of leaking.
Regulators should also be properly installed on the gas lines to control the rate of flow and pressure of the gas.
The Type of Gas used
Many fire pits can run on either propane or natural gas. Gas lines for propane are often more portable because they only need to run from the propane tank to the location of your fire pit. This also adds flexibility to your setup because you can shift your fire pit to different locations around your home.
If using natural gas, you would need to hook up the gas lines to the natural gas supply of your home in a more permanent structure. Natural gas is, however, cheaper, and the setup lasts for longer than propane.
Location of the Fire pit
For safety concerns, we recommend you locate your fire pit away from flammable surfaces and items. While gas fires do not emit sparks or other flying materials, they do contain a lot of heat that can melt nearby delicate surfaces. Always refer to the guidelines of your location regarding open fires on private property.
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