Installing, buying, and maintaining a gas fire pit at your Greenville, SC home | SERVPRO of East Greenville County
A gas fire pit on your back patio is a great way to enjoy the ambience of having an outdoor fire without the dangers of having a wood fire. Just because you’re using gas doesn’t mean you’re in the clear with safety issues. Here are a few outdoor fire pit safety guides to keep your fire free from hazards.
• Set up your gas fire pit in an area that is far away from adjacent walls or building overhangs
• Keep an eye out for low-hanging branches or drooping power lines, and place the fire pit clear of them
• Move all cleaning fluids, brooms, wicker patio furniture, leaves and other outdoor debris from the patio
• Don’t leave a gas fire pit unattended while it’s lit
• Don’t line a pit with tin foil
• When not in use, the pit should be covered. Spiders and bugs can find a way to clog your burner. Rainwaters can destroy porous objects like the simulated logs on top of the pit.
Before you buy your pit, check it’s BTU rating. A normal range is anywhere between 40,000-60,000 BTU’s. The higher the BTU, the larger the flame. If possible, test out the pit before your buy to see the size of the flame it will produce. Remember to factor in how winds in your back yard can increase the flame size.