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How to Create a Gas Fire Pit in Your Backyard

As we enter into the cooler months, it’s time for cozy nights by the fire. So if you’re thinking about buying a gas fire pit or updating your existing one, now is the perfect time to do it.
However, with all of the various places that you can buy them and all of the different styles and types of pits that are available, there are many things to consider before making a purchase.
Gas fire pits can be great additions to your backyard space or patio area. However, they do come with some safety concerns because of the flame and heat produced. To prevent potential accidents, here are some helpful tips on how to safely use a gas fire pit.

Have a Fire Pit Expert Install Your Gas Hookup

Before you even get a fire pit installed, you should have a professional come out to check your gas hookup. You may have noticed that some fire pits have a gas on/off switch right on the surface of the pit. If you have a hookup like this, make sure you have a professional come out and check it to make sure it is safe to use. If you have a hookup inside your home, you will need to make sure that the gas line is properly vented. If it is not, you could find yourself with a gas leak in your house. This is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal. If you have an outdoor hookup, make sure the area around it is free from debris and that it is properly boxed in. If the area is not properly boxed in, there is a chance that the gas could leak out and cause a fire.


Check for Combustion Gasses

Before you start your fire, make sure you have a combustion analyzer nearby. This device is similar to a carbon monoxide detector and will let you know if there is any combustion gas in the air surrounding your fire pit. If there is, shut down the fire pit immediately. Depending on where your fire pit is located, you may need to take additional steps to ensure that you are not polluting the surrounding air. If you are near a park, for example, make sure you are not emitting any toxic fumes into the atmosphere. If you live in an urban area, you will probably have to use a special device to filter the air around your fire pit before it enters the atmosphere. This will ensure that you are not causing pollution for those around you.


Keep Children and Pets Away

Although it can be tempting to let little ones get up close and personal with the fire pit, it is important to keep them away from it. Not only is there a risk of burning yourself when you are close to a fire, but there is also a risk of being burned by falling coals. When purchasing your fire pit, make sure it has a sufficient way of keeping children and pets away from the fire. A large enough fire pit should have a spark screen that keeps people away from the fire itself. These screens prevent embers from flying into the air, landing on the ground, and possibly starting a fire. Gas fire pit

Watch Out for Hot Coals

Not only should you keep an eye on the flames themselves, but you should also make sure you are watching out for any hot coals that fall out of the fire pit while it is burning. Hot coals are a serious fire hazard, even after the fire itself has been put out. You should make sure that you put each coal that falls out of the fire pit back into the fire pit before it is completely out. You can also put them in a bucket of sand that has been wet. If you do not put hot coals back in the fire pit or put them in a bucket of sand, they could start a fire on your lawn or patio.


Don’t Burn Anything Other Than Gas

This may seem obvious, but it is important to remember that you should never burn anything other than gas in your fire pit. While it may seem like a good idea to burn a few logs to get a larger and longer-lasting fire, it is actually illegal in most areas. Burning logs and firewood can emit carbon monoxide, which can be deadly over time. This is especially true if you have the fire pit indoors. If you do decide to burn logs in your fire pit, you will need to be careful to monitor the levels of CO in your home.



Fire pits are a great way to add some warmth to your outdoor space during the colder months. Although they are a very enjoyable experience, you will need to be wary about safety and how you use them. Before installing one in your backyard, you should make sure that you have a properly installed gas line. You should also make sure you have an adequate spark screen to keep flying embers from starting a fire elsewhere. Finally, you must remember that you should never burn anything other than gas in your fire pit. These precautions will help keep you and your loved ones safe as you enjoy the warmth of a fire.

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