Gas Fire Pit FAQ’s

Find answers to all your burning questions about gas fire pits in our helpful guide. Then enjoy the warmth of your outdoor space with confidence.

Our Patio Gas Fire Pit FAQ are all in one place. You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! The practicality and efficiency of gas fire pits cannot be overstated. With a simple turn of a knob, you can ignite and extinguish the fire, granting immediate heat without the wait or hassle associated with traditional fire pits.

a perfectly situated rectangular gas fire pit

How does a gas fire pit work?

Gas fire pits use propane or natural gas as fuel. The gas is ignited to produce flames over a bed of fire media (such as lava rocks or fire glass), creating a controlled and aesthetically pleasing fire.

What if I smell gas coming from my gas fire pit?

First thing first, turn off gas for the appliance and make sure appliance is off! Don’t light anything near the fire pit. Call your local gas tech or supplier, if you still smell a strong gas smell and you’re unable to get a hold of your tech. Be safe and call your local fire department.

Can you burn wood in a gas fire pit?

No, one of the reasons being that some bowls or pans are not designed to have the heat of the wood directly on it, causing damages. Not to mention the that wood burning brings with the ash and wood that will be clogging up pores on the burners.

Can I convert my wood-burning fire pit to a gas fire pit?

In many cases, yes. There are conversion kits available that allow you to convert a wood-burning fire pit to a gas-powered one. However, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and ensure safety compliance.

How long will a 20lb tank of propane last?

It all depends on how much you use your tank and how big your fire pit is, For an average fire pit you can last anywhere from 8-10 hours on a moderate output of heat. If you have your fire pit going at full blast average will be 4 hours of use.

Is natural gas or propane better for a fire pit?

Both are viable options. Natural gas is often preferred for permanent installations where a gas line is available. Propane, on the other hand, provides more flexibility as it comes in portable tanks, making it suitable for a wider range of locations.

Can I convert liquid propane to Natural Gas?

It depends on the brand of your fire, some allow the conversion and some don’t. Best thing to do is check your owners manual for verification and reach out to a locally licensed gas technician.

Do gas fire pits produce heat?

Yes, gas fire pits produce heat. The amount of heat generated depends on the BTU (British Thermal Units) rating of the fire pit. Higher BTU ratings generally mean more heat output.

Can I have a gas fire pit under a lanai?

Every county has a local building code that must be followed. To best figure out where you can place your fire pit, contact a local licensed contractor.

Can I use my gas fire pit for cooking?

While some gas fire pits are designed for cooking, it’s essential to check the manufacturer’s guidelines. If not explicitly designed for cooking, it’s recommended to avoid using the fire pit for that purpose.

Do I need a professional to install a gas fire pit?

While some gas fire pits are designed for DIY installation, it’s often recommended to hire a professional, especially if connecting to a gas line. Professional installation ensures proper safety measures and compliance with local regulations.

How do I clean a gas fire pit?

Clean the fire pit regularly by removing debris and dust. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning fire media (lava rocks, fire glass, etc.). Check the burner and ignition system for any blockages or malfunctions.

fire pit glass that looks like crystals with flames emerging upwards

How much fire glass is needed for my Fire pit?

Curious on how to know how much media to put in a fire pit, follow this formula to calculate how much you need to buy.


For a circle,  you will need to know your diameter(A) and the depth of the pan(D)

A x A = B; Divide (B) by 25 = C ; Multiply (C)  by (D) = pounds needed.

For example 36 inch pit with a depth of 3 inches:

36*36= 1296 ; 1296/ 25 = 51 ; 51*3 = 155 lbs of media


For a square, you need the Length x Width = B

Then divide B by 22.5 = C

Multiply C by Depth = total pounds needed

For example a  5×5 fire pit with a depth of 3 inches

5 x 5 = 25

25/22.5 =1.1


So a little over 3.3 pounds of fire glass will be needed.

What kind of burner do I need?

It all depends on your project, there are plenty of burners that are available for all shapes and sizes of fire pits. To get a more in-depth information check out our Gas Fire Pit Burners overview to help you choose the right burner for your project.

What should I know before shopping for a fire pit?

Fire pit key features to keep in mind:

  • Fire Burner Pit
  • Burner Type
  • Ignition System

Always refer to the specific guidelines and instructions provided by the manufacturer of your gas fire pit for accurate information and safe operation.

a close up image of a gas fire pit burner that is aglow.

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Ultimately, the incorporation of a gas fire pit into your outdoor haven is an investment that not only augments the visual appeal but also amplifies the overall functionality, safety, and eco-friendliness of your outdoor space. Its versatility, convenience, and ability to foster an inviting atmosphere make it a compelling choice for those seeking to create a cozy and welcoming outdoor environment for themselves and their guests. Connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and Instagram for more tips on enhancing your outdoor living space!


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