Gas Fire Pit SafetyGas Fire Pit Safety http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/residence/safety-1/gas-fire-pit-safety/ bb3 Feb 14, 2011
By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee
A gas fire pit on the back patio is a great way to enjoy the ambience of an outdoor fire without the dangers of burning wood. But just because youíre using gas doesnít mean youíre in the clear concerning safety. First check the local jurisdictionís laws regarding backyard fire pits. Then read these tips to keep your gas fire pit burning free of hazards.
Youíll want to set up your gas fire pit in an area well away from adjacent walls or building overhangs. Also make sure the area is free of combustible materials and on a noncombustible surface. Move all wicker patio furniture, cleaning fluids, brooms, leaves, and other outdoor debris off the patio. If youíre interested in setting the pit on your wooden deck, make sure to purchase a pedestal-style pit, raised up on feet to allow for appropriate heat ventilation. Even if the fire pit is a pedestal-style, consider positioning a noncombustible surface below it, especially if itís set on a wooden deck. Keep an eye out for low-hanging branches or drooping power lines overhead, and place the pit clear of them.
An outdoor fire pit should only be used outdoors. Lighting one inside can be a fire hazard and also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Before you buy your pit, check its BTU (British Thermal Units) rating: A normal range is anywhere between 40,000Ė60,000 BTUs. The higher the BTUs, the bigger the fire. If possible, test out the pit beforehand to see the size of the flame it will produce. Remember to factor in how winds in your backyard can increase the flameís size.
Covered And Maintained
Even though gas burns cleaner than wood, youíll still need to check the burner periodically and keep it free from obstructions. Clean the burner with a soft brush if it is dirty.
When not in use, the pit should stay covered. Spiders and bugs can find a way in and end up clogging your burner. Rainwater can destroy porous ceramic objects like the simulated logs atop the pit.
Gas Fire Pit Doníts
- Donít leave a gas fire pit unattended while itís lit.
- Donít let children play close to the pit.
- Donít line a pit with tin foil.
- Donít cook in the pit, unless youíve bought one specifically designed for cooking.
- Donít put anything in the pit that isnít approved by the manufacturer. Rocks, glass, and simulated ceramic logs should be fire-pit approved.
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