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Gas Fire Pit Ignition Systems

Owning a gas fire pit can offer several benefits and may be a great addition to your outdoor space. Gas fire pits are easy to use and provide instant heat at the flip of a switch or the turn of a knob. There’s no need to gather wood, start a fire, and deal with the associated mess and maintenance. Read in for our gas fire pit ignition systems overview!


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Gas Fire Pit Ignition Systems are going to affect the way that you use your gas fire pit. Do you prefer the reliability of match-lit ignition systems or do you prefer the ease of just pressing a button to light your fire pit?  These are just a couple of questions you will be asking yourself when choosing a fire pit. 

There are ignition systems for every preference, those that are value-conscious should probably look into match-lit systems. If ease of use is what you’re going after then an electronic ignition system may be your best option, keep in mind it’s not without a significant price increase.

When it comes to choosing the right ignition system just keep in mind how often and who will be using it, If you have any questions concerning the gas fire pit ignition systems give us a call at 1-844-234-7714.


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Gas fire pits can have various ignition systems to start and control the flame. Here are some common types of gas fire pit ignition systems:

  1. Manual Ignition:
    • Match-Lit: The simplest form of ignition involves manually lighting the gas with a match or a lighter. This is a basic and reliable method but lacks some of the safety features of more advanced systems.
  2. Electronic Ignition:
    • Push-Button Ignition: This fire pit ignitor system is more convenient than match-lit ignition. Users push a button, and an electric spark ignites the gas. It’s easy to use but may require a power source, such as batteries or a connection to an electrical outlet.
    • Battery-Powered Ignition: Similar to push-button ignition, this system uses batteries to generate the electric spark needed to ignite the gas.
  3. Piezo Ignition:
    • This piezo match-free ignitor system uses a piezoelectric igniter to create a spark when a button is pressed. It doesn’t require an external power source, making it a self-contained and reliable option. No electrical supply is necessary.  Spark is created by a battery-powered spark igniter or a piezo ignitor.  The piezo match-free ignition uses the principle of piezoelectricity, which, in short, is the electric charge that accumulates in some materials in response to high pressure.*
  4. Hot Surface Ignition:
    • This system uses a hot surface or igniter rod to light the gas. It is more reliable than some other ignition systems and is often used in outdoor fire pits.
  5. Electronic Ignition with Safety Shut-Off:
    • This is an advanced electronic ignition system that not only lights the fire pit but also includes safety features. If the flame goes out, a sensor detects it and automatically shuts off the gas supply to prevent leaks.  The easiest system by far. The user simply uses a switch or remote to turn on the burner. For this system, you need an external battery supply such as a battery or main supply line of electricity.*
  6. Remote-Controlled Ignition:
    • Some gas fire pits come with remote controls, allowing users to ignite and control the flame from a distance. This is a convenient option for those who want to adjust the flame without getting up.
  7. Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Enabled Ignition:
    • In some high-tech fire pits, the fire pit ignitor can control the ignition and flame settings using a smartphone app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity.
  8. Thermocouple Flame Sense:
    • This safety feature ensures that the gas supply is shut off if the flame is extinguished. It uses a thermocouple to detect the presence of the flame.

Other things to consider when looking at fire pit ignition systems can include budget.  If cost is a significant factor, a simple match-lit system for wood-burning fire pits is budget-friendly.  A piezo or battery-powered ignition system can be cost-effective also for gas fire pits.

  • A timer or programmable ignition might be a good option also if you want to set specific times for your fire pit to turn on and off.  This might add additional costs.
  • You should also keep in mind how easy installation and maintenance will be.  Some systems may require professional installation, while others are more DIY-friendly.

Ultimately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, and the “best” system depends on your individual needs and preferences. Evaluate your priorities regarding ease of use, safety, budget, and automation features to determine which fire pit ignitor system aligns best with your requirements. When choosing a gas fire pit ignition system, consider factors such as convenience, safety features, and your preferences for manual or automated control. Additionally, ensure that the chosen system complies with local safety regulations and guidelines. Let’s make your outdoor space the envy of the neighborhood! Connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and Instagram

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