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Gas Fire Pit Burner Guide

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A Guide to Fire Pit Burners

Fire pits have become a beloved addition to outdoor spaces, providing warmth, ambiance, and a cozy gathering spot for family and friends. When it comes to creating the ideal fire pit, selecting the right burner is a crucial decision. We have what you need and the expert guidance to fan the flame. Check out our selection today! In our comprehensive guide to fire pit burners, we will explore various burner types, materials, and installation tips, helping you transform your outdoor area into a captivating, inviting haven.

Fire pit burners come in different sizes and shapes to accommodate different design ideas. They are usually constructed from stainless steel or brass and have metal tubes with holes in it that allow the gas to be released to produce a flame similar to that of a wood-burning fire. The holes are separated at different intervals to create uniformity. These burners can be fueled by propane or natural gas depending on what is available to the homeowner. They usually sit on a base plate to prevent the gas from leaking into the fire pit. They are available in a number of different sizes and shapes. This is a basic guide of things to consider before purchasing your burner.

Fire Pit Burner Material: Brass or Stainless Steel

Burners are available in two basic types of material: brass or stainless steel. Please see below the pros and cons of using either.

Burner Material Pros Cons
Brass
    • Lifetime warranties
    • Designs by outdoor plus and warming trends use less gas
    • Built-in air mixers from outdoor plus and warming trends create a fuller flame

 

  • More expensive than stainless steel burners
Stainless Steel
    • Cheaper pricing
    • Multiple shapes available

 

    • Tends to need replacing through time
    • Smaller flame compared to brass

 

Stainless Steel Burners

When looking for a burner one of the first things to consider is the shape of the firepit or table you are building.  If you want a rectangle pit for example, do you want a full fire? A simple fire? A fire to go around the perimeter of the pit? Differently shaped burners display different fire effects when built into a unit. These burners can become available in different materials. See below for burners available in stainless steel:

Penta (Star Shaped) Burners

Penta burners are star-shaped burners constructed of stainless steel and are capable of providing tall, natural flames.

Since they are available in a number of different sizes (12 inches to 48 inches), these are great if you’re looking for a realistic campfire look.

If you have a round fire pit and wish to have a roaring flame and keep value in mind, this is the way to go.

a penta or star shaped fire pit burner that in unlit

Round Burners

Round burners offer a traditional gas burner shape. These components are built from durable, long-lasting materials so you can get years of enjoyment out of your fire feature.

Square Burners

Square burners provide a less common alternative to either a round or penta burner. These burners are great for square fire pits or tables and are available in a number of different sizes.

Rectangular Burners

Rectangular burners are made for small rectangle pits or fire tables These burners are a smaller alternative to H-shaped. These, like the square burners, will give you an even, clean looking flame when burning. These also come in a double rectangle burner as pictures below or a regular rectangle burner.

Warming Trends Crossfire Burners

These are heavy-duty brass burners from Warming Trends. With their unique Crossfire design, these units have been manufactured to produce a Venturi effect, which is the reduction of fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section of a pipe.  Essentially each of the nozzle on the burner provides a chokehold on the amount of gas being pushed out and by combining with oxygen to create a higher flame that is brighter and full to really resemble a natural wood-burning fire.  The design patterns on these burners differ from each other burner so depending on your shape and size of the pit will determine your best crossfire burner to be used.

Outdoor Plus Bullet Burners

Patented Bullet burners by  Outdoor Plus provide the user with a taller fuller flame. The patented bullet orifice compresses gas flow and gives oxygen to create a cleaner flame.

These burners come in both Stainless steel and brass. Burners also vary in shape and size.

Configurations Available

Some burners are available in both types of materials, stainless steel or brass.

1- H-shaped Burners

For larger rectangular enclosures, an H-burner makes for an excellent choice. With their unique construction, these burners can fill a large fire pit while only using reasonable amounts of gas.

an h-shaped pit pir burner that is unlit

2- Linear Burners

To fill a long and narrow enclosure, you’re going to need a long and narrow burner. Linear burner pans are only 8 inches wide, but burners are available in lengths ranging from 24 to 96 inches to give you plenty of versatility when trying to fill your enclosure space.

an unlit linear burner

The Bottom Line

Deciding on a quality fire pit burner and understanding what makes it best for your project can help save money over time and ensure that you are satisfied with your fire pit for years to come.  We recommend the following gas fire pits and the brands that produce them.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company, Cove Propane Fire Pit Table

American Fyre Designs 48-inch Fire Bowl

Napoleon Uptown Patioflame Table

 

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