Choosing a Propane Fire Pit

tdoor gas fire pitThere are a number of fire pit styles to choose from these days. From the smallest, most simple table-top designs to the very ornate and grand ones that come with a hefty price tag. Propane fire pits, like gas barbeques, are particularly popular. The gas tank is usually hidden below the fire pit. Then, with a push of a button, you can transform your cold, dark backyard and into one with a cheery glow and a welcome warmth.

Selecting a fire pit is straightforward but here are some things to consider to make sure you choose the best propane fire pit for your particular yard or garden.

Check the adjustment level for the flames. You can adjust the flames’ heat, making it higher or lower, either through the turning a knob or pushing a button. Propane flames are very safe and distribute heat evenly in all directions. If you’re on a tight budget but still value style, then you can choose from fairly simple designs but opt for ones that use lava rocks to improve aesthetics. You can even find ones that look like actual log campfires. Do remember though that the bigger the fire pit is, the more gas it will consume.

Make sure you position your fire pit on a non-flammable surface like stone or masonry away from any buildings or other structures. Also remove any low hanging branches that may reach over your fire pit as you don’t want a sudden gust of wind to set light to them.

Another thing you may want to consider is whether you need to buy a cover for your fire pit. If you are planning to leave it out on your patio all year round then you will definitely need one if you want to maintain it properly. You will need to check and clean the burners and valves on a regular basis. Dirt can build up and can block the flow of gas which could then cause a fire. They can be cleaned easily enough simply by using a household detergent.

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