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The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Fire Pit

The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Fire Pit  

 

Not sure if you want a wood fire pit or a gas fire pit? 

Here are the benefits of gas that can help you make up your mind.  

  • No Wood to stock and carry 
  • You don’t have to deal with sparks or smoke 
  • Ignition is easy and immediate; no waiting for heat 
  • No ashes to clean  
  • Constant warmth and no fire to tend 
  • Gas is clean and required little maintenance 
  • Turn gas off instantly  
  • Gas is more affordable 
  • Gas is better for the environment  

We carry top of the line products that bring together the latest technology and safety to bring you an amazing fire feature. 

With over 400 models that are CSA certified for safety and performance, you are sure to find the right insert for you. 

 

Here is what you should consider when planning to build your fire feature.  

Step 1: Enclosure 

 

What type of enclosure meets your needs? 

 

The enclosure is what contains the fire pit insert. Your enclosure can be round, square, rectangular, or linear in shape. You can even make a completely custom shape for added personality.             

     The Ultimate Guide to Building A Fire Pit         The Ultimate Guide to Building A Fire Pit

Round                                                                                                                                Square

 

 

 The Ultimate Guide to Building A Fire Pit The Ultimate Guide to Building A Fire Pit

 Rectangle                                                                                                          Linear

 

 

Enclosure Finish 

 

The enclosure itself can be made from concrete, stone, pavers, or other noncombustible materials. If you want to save time there are Ready To Finish Fire Pit Kits, they come with everything you need to complete your fire pit. All you have to do is complete the exterior finish and connect the gas line. 

 

    The Ultimate Guide to Building A Fire Pit The Ultimate Guide to Building A Fire Pit

                             FPE45-ROUND/ FPE54-ROUND                                                                               FPE45-SQUARE 

       How to Build A Fire Pit 

 

 

 

                        How to Make A Fire Pit 

 

                    FPE45-OCTAGON/ FPE54-OCTAGON                                       FPE60X24-LINEAR/ FPE60X24-H-BURNER 

 

 

For a more rustic look and feel there are oil rubbed copper fire pits and carbon steel fire pits with a patina finish.  

Making A Fire Pit                DIY Fire PIt   

                            PHOEN47X25/HBURN                                                                            Manta Ray-FPA-MLS120-NG 

    Making A DIY Fire Pit              How to make a fire pit

                                   SEDO40-EI-NG                                                                                                              30002-NGML 

 

Enclosure Ventilation 

 Custom Fire Pit Ventilation

All fire pit enclosures need ventilation especially if you are using propane as the fuel source. All inserts require minimum ventilation of 36sqin split between two opposing sides. We recommend 72sqin of ventilation split between two opposing sides.  

Ventilation Provides: 

1) Combustion air for the pilot/ignition. Provides fresh air for the pilot and burner and with LP provides clean air for the air mixer to pull in for a cleaner burn 

2) Whether you are using Natural Gas or Propane there are trace amounts of gas that can accumulate in the enclosure. Proper ventilation will help keep gas from building up and creating an unsafe environment.  

3) Proper ventilation will allow condensation and moisture within the enclosure to evaporate. 

4) Remove excessive heat from the enclosure. In the case of electronic fire pits, there is a thermal shut off switch inside the unit to protect from heat. 

 

 You can take at the different vent covers here.

Step 2: Select the Insert Burner Style and Size 

This is going to depend on the enclosure shape, size, and enclosure opening. The fire pit insert is the fully assembled burner, pan, and gas control system. For added safety, all inserts are CSA certified and tested for safety and performance standards.  

The best part about using an insert is that you will have all the components already assembled and you can simply drop it into the enclosure and connect the gas line.  

The Burner will determine how the fire appears, from the height, width, and shape of the flame.  

Here are some burner options.  

Round and Square Inserts w/ Penta Burner 

 

The Penta Burner is a very unique burner that was specifically designed to give you a more realistic campfire effect. The key feature that helps create this effect is the 12 & 3 o’clock burner ports on each lobe of the burner. This unique port design also prevents a distinct burner pattern when on lower flame setting – unlike many fire rings or burners.  

This burner also requires less fuel to deliver the same flame height when compared to a standard fire ring. 

 

                 

   Making a DIY Fire Pit                   How to Build a Fire Pit

                    PENTA19FPPK-FLEX                                                                                                           FPPK24-SQBL-FLEX 

                    Round Pan Size: 13”, 19”, 25”, 31”, 37”                                                         Square Pan Size: 18”, 24”, 30”, 36” 

                    BTU Output: 65K, 90K, 140K                                                                                BTU Output: 65K, 90K, 140K 

Push Button Ignition 

 

Rectangular Insert w/ H-Burner or S-Burner 

 

This burner produces a wider and dual linear flame. The raised hub helps keep water from entering the gas valve. The burner ports are facing inward in order to produce a more complete and beautiful flame.  

These inserts only come in a pan style and have BTU ratings ranging 

DIY Fire PitChoosing A Fire Pit Burner                                                                                                      

                            FPPK30X12-H-FLEX                                                                                                FPPK36X14-S-FLEX 
Pan sizes: 24”x12”, 30”x12”, 36”x14”, 42”x14”, 54”x16”                                               Pan Sizes: 36”x14”, 42”x14”, 54”x16” 
                    BTU Output: 75K, 90K, 140K                                                                                      BTU Output: 75K, 90K, 140K 
             H-Burner Push Button Ignition                                                                                        S-Burner Push Button Ignition  

  

 

Linear Inserts w/ T-Burner 

 

The T –Burner produces a single line of flame for thinner fire pit designs. The Interlink models can even be combined to create a longer fire feature. These burners also feature a raised hub to help water out of the gas lines.  

These inserts only come in a pan style the Trough model has lips and the Interlink models don’t have lips to make it easier to combine. 

 How Do I make a Fire Pit
Pan Size: 24”, 36”, 48”, 60”, 72”, 96” 
BTU Output: 50K, 75K, 90K, 140K 
Trough insert with Push Button Ignition 
 How do I make a Fire Pit?                
Pan Size: 25”x8”, 37”x8”, 49”x8”x 61”x8”x 73”x8”, 97”x8” 
BTU Output: 50K, 75K, 90K, 140K 
 Interlink Insert with Push Button Ignition 

 

Unassembled Kits Are Available 

 

If you are creating a custom fire pit and the burners above just don’t meet your needs then you can create your own burner kit.  

What you will need if you are building your own kit. 

Keep in mind that the unassembled kits are not CSA certified. If your city requires that your fire pit burner be certified this won’t be a good option for you.  

1) Burner 

2) Flex line from burner to gas valve 

3) Gas Valve (Key Valve, Push Button Control Box) 

4) Flex line or hard pipe from gas valve to gas inlet  

   

 

Ring Burner  

 

The Ring Burner features staggered ports for a more natural flame and has a raised hub to help prevent water from entering the gas lines.  

 

How Do I make a Fire Pit?
Round sizes: 6”, 12”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 48” 
BTU Range: 60K, 90K, 150K, 300K 
See Ring Burner Here

  

Square Burner  

 

The Square Burner features staggered ports for a more natural flame and has a raised hub to help prevent water from entering the gas lines. 

How do I build a fire pit?
Square sizes: 12”, 18”, 24”, 36”, 48” 
BTU Range: 90K, 150K, 300K 
See Square Burner Here

 

Rectangle Burner  

 

The Rectangle Burner features staggered ports for a more natural flame and has a raised hub to help prevent water from entering the gas lines. 

DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Burner
Rectangle sizes: 12”x6”, 18”x9”, 24”x12”, 36”x18”, 48”x24” 
BTU Range: 90K, 150K, 200K, 300K 
See Rectangle Burner Here

 

T-Burner 

 

The T-Burner features staggered ports for a more natural flame and has a raised hub to help prevent water from entering the gas lines. 

DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Burner
T-Burner sizes: 24”, 36”, 48”, 60”, 72”, 96”, 120” 
BTU Range: 50K, 75K, 100K, 125K, 150K, 200K, 250K 
See T-Burner Here

 

H-Burner 

 

The H-Burner features ports that are pointed inward that produce a beautiful flame and pattern.   

DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Burner
H-Burner sizes: 18”x6”, 24”x6”, 30”x8”, 36”x8”, 48”x10”, 60”x10”, 72”x10”, 84”x10” 
BTU Range: 60K, 90K, 150K, 250K, 300K 
See H-Burner Here

 

Penta Burner 

 

The Penta Burner is a very unique burner that was specifically designed to give you a more realistic campfire effect. The key feature that helps create this effect is the 12 & 3 o’clock burner ports on each lobe of the burner. This unique port design also prevents a distinct burner pattern when on lower flame setting – unlike many fire rings or burners.  

This burner also requires less fuel to deliver the same flame height when compared to a standard fire ring.   

DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Burner
Penta Burner Sizes: 12”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 48” 
BTU Range: 65K, 125K, 200K, 250K, 300K 
See Penta Burner Here

 

If you decide to go with an unassembled kit keep in mind that it won’t be CSA certified.  

 

*All Burners come with a lifetime warranty*  

Do I need a burner pan or plate? 

 

You will also want to consider getting a Burner Pan or Burner Plate. These will keep your burner stable and help keep any gas from settling under the burner.  

Pans and plates are available separately in a round and square design.  

If you need a pan or plate for your enclosure and there isn’t a standard one available. You can make a burner plate from 304 Stainless Steel to fit your fire pit enclosure.  

 DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Pan  DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Plate

Square Pan                                                                                                                                     Square Plate 

Sizes: 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 42”                                                                                               Sizes: 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 42” 

 

 DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Burner     DIY Stainless Steel Fire Pit Burner

Round Pan                                                                                                                                          Round Plate 

Sizes: 13”, 19”, 25”, 31”, 37”, 43”                                              Sizes: 7.75”, 13.75”, 17.75”, 23.75”, 29.75”, 35.75”, 41.75”, 53.75” 

 

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Burner Interlink     
 Interlink
Interlink Pan: 25"x8", 37"x8", 49"x8", 61"x8", 73"x8", 97"x8", 121"x8"                      BTU Output: 50K, 75K, 100K, 125K, 150K, 200K, 250K     
See Interlink Pan & T-Burner Here

 

DIY Linear Trough Fire Pit Burner
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Trough Pan: 24", 36", 48", 60", 72", 96" 
 BTU Output: 50K, 75K, 100K, 125K, 150K, 200K
See Trough Burner Here

 

*Rectangle, Trough, Interlink pans can only be bought with the burner already installed*  

 

So far you have decided what type of enclosure you want and the type of burner and burner plate/pan you want 

 

Now let’s explore the ignition options.  

 

Step 3: Ignition 

Before you choose the time of ignition you want, take into account your needs and where your fire pit will be. If you don't have power at your fire pit the match lit or push button options are going to be better.  

 

Match Lit 

 

This is the simplest technology; you can use a long match or long-stem lighter and control the flame height with a key.  

Flame height may be adjusted by turning the key counterclockwise for more flame and clockwise for a lower flame.  

To turn it off simply turn it clockwise to the OFF position 

This ignition option also requires the least amount of maintenance.  

 DIY Gas Match Lit Fire Pit Insert

MLFPK-FLEX 

 

Push Button Ignition 

 

If you need a fire pit that has safe flame sensing technology in an area that doesn’t have electricity this is the option for you. The flame sensing technology will turn off the gas should the flame blow out. This option uses a battery behind the button just like a grill. Control the flame with a knob to make it easier to enjoy your fire feature. 

 

 DIY Gas Push Button Ignition Fire Pit Insert

FPPK-FLEX 

Electronic Ignition 

 

This is the top-of-the-line system featuring an easy to use ignition with use of a wall switch, handheld remote, pool system, whole home system, or HPC Fire App to control the flame. This option also features an auto reignite system that will relight the burner should the flame go out.  

There are two electronic ignition insert models  

1) High/ Low model  

2) On/Off Model.  

There are two key differences between these two models.  

High/Low Model: A remote control is included so you can control the flame height with the push of a button. When on the low flame height setting the insert will put out 40% less BTU’s. This model is Bluetooth compatible with the HPC Fire app so you can turn it on with your phone.  

On/Off Model: Just like it sounds this insert can be turned On and Off. A remote control is not included but is available separately here. 

These models are available for 120VAC or 24VAC. If you go with the 24VAC you will need a power supply in order to operate that unit.  

 

 DIY Gas Electronic Ignition Fire Pit Insert
*This ignition option is only available with fully assembled inserts* 
*Round, Square, Rectangle, Linear, Trough – Shapes available* 

Step 4: Media 

Complete your fire pit with decorative media. The most common is lava rock, it can either be used as a base for fire logs/fire glass or by itself.  

Lava Rock 

 

Sold by the half cubic foot this option is the least expensive media option. Most inserts will only need half a cubic foot of lava rock but larger fire features will need more. You can use a cubic feet calculator to find out how much lava rock you need. Websites like The Calculator Site provide easy to use calculators to determine your need.    

 

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Lava Rock

Lava Rock

Fire Glass 

 

Fire glass is the most popular media option. It allows you to customize your fire feature with a very unique touch. There are many sizes, colors, and shapes that will give you the exact look you are going for. 

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Fire Glass   DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Fire Glass

Fire Glass

 

Stones 

 

There are different stones that can add personality to your fire feature. Most are made of lightweight ceramic fiber and can come in multi-colored options.  

 

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Fire Stones

Fire Stones

Outdoor Log Sets 

 

Finish your fire feature with a log set and get the complete campfire feeling. There are different styles and sizes and these logs will even glow red where the fire is the hottest.  

 

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Fire Logs

Fire Logs

 

Use these different fire media options to get your desired look and truly have a unique fire pit.  

 

Step 5: Covers 

Now that you have created the perfect fire pit, you don’t want it to be left out in the elements without a cover.  

Protect your fire feature from rain, sticks, leaves, debris, and other elements that can harm your fire feature. 

 

Vinyl Covers 

 

These are designed to cover the insert as well as the entire enclosure or most of the enclosure.   

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Vinyl Cover

 Vinyl Fire Pit Cover

Stainless Steel Cover 

 

These covers feature a low-profile design and are constructed of 304 stainless steel. They include a handle to make it easier to use and are designed to cover fire features without outdoor logs.  

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Stainless Steel Cover

 

Aluminum Covers 

 

These are lightweight covers that come in a low-profile option or in a deep option. The deep option is deep enough to cover most fire log sets. This is a popular option for fire features with log sets, it allows you to provide protection without removing the log set.  

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Aluminum Cover

Copper Covers

 

These covers are handmade and come in a hammered copper finish or smooth. If you have a copper fire bowl this would the best cover because it could match your fire bowl.  

 DIY Gas Fire Pit Insert Copper Cover

 

 

No matter which cover you choose, make sure that you are protecting your fire feature so it will be ready for its next use.  

 

No matter where you are in our fire pit project we can help. If you have a question about your fire pit project or need help finding the right insert give us a call. 833-585-3473 we are happy to help you at every step of the way.  


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