July 30, 2014. Updated July 2021.
At The Fire Pit Gallery, not only do we have custom fire pits, but all of our designs can be converted into a gas fire pit. This gives you multiple options to enhance your home best and outdoor space and fit your needs. There are many reasons to choose wood-burning or gas-burning, and the decision comes down to personal preference. Gas fire pits tend to be quicker and easier to light because they do not require waiting for the wood to catch fire, which is a huge help for those who aren't fire-starting gurus.
There are three types of kits available for gas fire pits: match light, push-button spark, and electronic ignition. If you decide to have a gas fire pit, here’s an easy guide to learning about the different gas kits available.
The match light ignition of a fire pit is manual. With this kit set up in your fire pit, you will have to open a gas valve to allow the gas to flow. Remember not to turn the gas up all the way – this will cause a large flame to burn immediately and is also very dangerous. To ignite the fire, you would use a long-stem lighter or a long match near the burner. Adjusting the gas valve will allow you also to adjust the size of the flames. To extinguish the flames, simply turn off the gas valve.
If you can turn on a barbeque grill, you can use push-button spark ignition. While opening a gas valve, instead of using a lighter, you press and hold the ignition switch. This action causes a battery-powered spark to light, which ignites the burner and creates your flame. At this point, you can release the push button and adjust the size of the flames with the gas valve. Turning off the gas valve will easily extinguish the flames.
A fire pit with an electronic ignition kit requires power to operate and can be used with a switch or a remote. Flipping the switch or pressing the remote button into the on position lights the pilot light on the unit lighting the fire pit. Flipping the switch off or pressing the remote button will extinguish the flames by stopping the gas flow.
If you're still not sure which gas kit is right for you, there's a dropdown list of options for each fire pit design, and you can see which kit is recommended for your desired fire pit. Once you’ve chosen the unique fire pit, you desire and the gas kit you want to include, don’t forget about filling the fire pit. Ceramic wood, fireglass, and lava rocks are great ideas for making your fire pit look classy.
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