How To Adjust Gas Fire Pits
One of the features that make gas fire pits so popular is the fact that the fire can be adjusted for more or less light and heat. Where a wood burning fire pit is adjusted by adding or removing wood on the fire, a gas pit is adjusted by simply pushing a button or turning a knob. A typical fire pit is easily adjusted using a knob or button, or even turned on directly at the tubing connection using an inline valve. Here are tips as to what to look for in the operation of a fire pit as well as some ideas about controllers that make your fire pit experience unique and exciting.
Basic Knob Adjustments
Most gas fire pits have a control knob that is clearly marked for increasing of decreasing the intensity of the flame. If the knob is not marked, a general rule of thumb is that turning the knob clockwise will increase the intensity, and counter-clockwise will decrease it. Buttons or electrical controls perform a similar function, but are often tied to electronic circuits, which moderate the flow of fuel to the burners.
Many patio fire pits use electronic fuel delivery systems that control the heat of the flame and how high it reaches. These controls are usually mounted directly into the body of the fire pit, and some deluxe models even offer remote control operation so the user can change the fire from far away. Most of the fire pits in the variable controls section make use of electrical control systems.
Make your backyard fire pit something to remember by adding multiple burners, and installing a variable control unit. This unit usually has several pre-set fire configurations, or may be manually adjusted. AvIn addition to forming patterns of rising and falling flames, the controls are able to shut off burners independently, which creates a whole new array of fire patterns. Additionally, being able to shut down burners independently means that you won't have to fire up the whole pit if only one or two people will be enjoying it.
Maintain an open area around the fire pit of at least 5 feet. This open area acts as a firebreak to prevent accidental spreading of the flames. It should be free of all flammable materials, including living and artificial plants, wicker chairs or tables, and even stores lumber. It is common for this fire retardant area to be a poured concrete slab, or trails of crushed stone. More extravagant design may even use imported ceramic tiles to add more personality and depth to the fire pit area, and the garden or patio as a whole.
Laws and Restrictions
Make sure that you are allowed by law to operate a fire pit in your area. Many places now have "red flag" warnings on certain days which prohibit having any open flames at all, but this does not always apply to gas fire pits. To find out exactly what your local regulations are, the best source of information is the local fire department. Remember, though, that this is absolutely not an emergency call, and should not be placed through the 911 system.