What You Need to Know Before Installing a Fire Pit Gas Line
Fire pits for the home have come a long way since the early portable models that look more like a contained campfire. Today’s fire pits and fire tables are glowing works of art, not just giving off warmth but emitting a feeling of luxury and ambiance all year.
Why Choose a Gas Fire Pit Instead of Wood-Burning?
First things first: why gas? When it comes to fire pits, the wood-burning variety has typically been the pioneer in bringing the heat to America’s backyards.
The Pros and Cons of Wood-Burning Fire Pits
Budget-friendly and easy to install, wood-burning fire pits come in portable or built-in models. And, truthfully, for some homeowners, the idea of building, smelling, and stoking a log-burning fire brings back the nostalgia of childhood camping trips or scouting days.
But there are some drawbacks of wood-burning fireplaces, including
- Not clean-burning
- Requiring a log-storage area
- Harder to light and needs to be tended to
- Messier and needs to be cleaned
A Deeper Look at Outdoor Gas Fire Pits
Gas fire pits and tables are generally more expensive than wood-burning models; however, they come at a range of price points. Sometimes, they also require installing a fire pit gas line which is an extra step before you’re ready to glow.
However, they offer a lot of advantages, including:
- Environmentally-friendly fuel (Typically 99% fewer emissions)
- Instant on/off with a button or knob
- Run continuously
- Less smoke
- Style that can elevate your outdoor space with a range of shapes, colors, and lava rock options
On the Move: Propane-Powered Gas Fire Pits and Tables
Most portable gas fire pits are fueled by five-gallon propane tanks like the ones you’d use with a gas grill. Propane fire tables will often have space underneath to hide the tank.
If you’d like to convert your fire pit or table from propane to natural gas, you can buy a conversion kit; however, this should always be done by a professional. (AES Hearth & Patio both sells the kits and can convert your fuel source for you.)
What’s Involved in Installing a Fire Pit Gas Line?
Instead of continually replacing propane tanks, you may want to install a fire pit gas line. Let’s take a look at what’s involved and why it’s an investment that pays off.
Hooking up a fire pit gas line to your fire pit or table is certainly easier if you already have a previously installed gas connection on your property. Having a first-time supply line installed and run from a gas meter will increase the work and total cost.
Leaks in your gas line can lead to a serious fire which is why it’s always best to hire a professional, like those at AES Hearth & Patio, to help get a gas line to your new fire pit. They also know how to navigate the code requirements of your local municipality.
A certified contractor or plumber will need to take several steps to install the gas lines for your fire pit, including
- Properly size your gas lines to ensure adequate heat (measured in BTUs) is delivered.
- Carefully dig in your yard to safely lay, and secure the gas lines.
- Cover the gas lines and connect them to your new gas fire pit or grill.
Don’t let the steps deter you from having the outdoor space of your dreams. While natural gas fire pits and tables require a bit more legwork up front, the result will be a beautiful fire that’s clean and easy to operate for years to come.
Bring the Beauty of a Gas Fire Pit or Table to Your Home
AES Hearth & Patio offers an elegant selection of fire pits and tables (including these from Cabana Coast) that will bring warmth and luxury to your home. We make it easy for you, from choosing the best gas fire pit for your outdoor space to installing and maintaining it; we’re ready to help you every step of the way.