How to Run a Gas Line to Your Fire Bowl How to Run a Gas Line to Your Fire Bowl
A fire bowl can add warmth and curb appeal to your outdoor entertaining area. Running a gas line is pretty simple, and can ensure that you don't have to worry about running out of fuel in your fire bowl. You will need to take some precautions, and an inspector will need to come out to give final clearance before you can use the line. Here's what you should know.
Step 1 - Choose a Fire Ring
A fire bowl or pit works by pushing gas through a fire ring to keep the flame going. Fire rings are available in round or rectangular designs, depending on the type of bowl or pit you are creating. You want to purchase this first so you know what types and size connection you will need.
Step 2 - Stake Off the Line Area
The line needs to be run as straight as possible from the gas meter to the fire bowl. It may not be feasible to have a line that is perfectly straight. Before you have the gas company come out, look at walking areas, landscaping, and other things that may be in the way of a straight line. You may have to work around a walking path, but landscaping can be rearranged in most cases. Stake out the line you'd like to use for the gas line.
Step 3 - Get Permits
Once you have everything staked off, you can take your plans to your local council office to apply for any necessary permits. Permits are typically required since you are working with gas. This is also a good time to check local codes to find out what size line and tubing is required for a line. This may vary based on the length of area the tubing needs to extend. This way you know what type of piping you need to purchase.
Step 4 - Cut Off the Gas
Call the gas company and advise them of your plans. Also have the gas shut off until you are done with the installation.
Step 5 - Set Up the Line
Without connecting the pipe to the gas meter, go ahead and lay out the new line. Once it's laid out, you can begin to dig to bury the line. You don't want to bury it until later though. Make the connections to the gas fire ring, but leave it disconnected from the meter.
Step 6 - Schedule an Inspection
Before the gas is turned back on and the line buried, you will need to have the gas company come out to inspect the line. This is typically done free of charge, but you may have to pay a small fee to have it connected at the meter. When the inspector comes out, they will check the construction of the line and the fire bowl. Once they have given their okay, they will then make the connection for you to the meter.
Step 7 - Bury the Line
Once the gas company has cleared it, you can bury the line and start enjoying your fire bowl.