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Fire Pit Burners

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Gas Fire Pit Burners

Discover Fire Pit Burners: Everything You Need to Know

Fire Pit Burners are the engine of every gas fire pit, and they are available in a vast range of shapes and sizes, allowing you to design a unique fire pit.

All fire pit burners have a BTU rating, a unit of measurement that tells you how much gas a particular burner will use. The BTU rating also indicates how much heat a burner will produce.

The burner you select must have a BTU rating that matches the amount of gas your supply can deliver to the fire pit.

For example, if you Gas Technician informs you that you can get 100,000 BTU’s to your fire pit and you connect that to a 200,00 BTU rated burner, you would be lucky if you get any flame at all.

Selecting a burner with a BTU rating that matches your available gas supply BTU rating is the best way to ensure you get a good flame on your fire pit.

How A Fire Pit Burner Works

Most fire pit burners (but not Bullet Burners or Torpedo Burners) are buried beneath your fire glass or lava rock. As the gas escapes from the burner, it does not immediately ignite. Instead, it percolates up through the fire glass, igniting close to or just above the fire glass level.

During this short journey, the gas spreads out and creates a larger footprint than the gas burner’s size.

Cross section of a fire pit showing the gas flow through the burner and up through the lava rock filler and lire glass
Gas leaves the burner and filters up through the fire glass before igniting

What makes A Good Fire Pit Burner

Easy installation and maintenance

Outdoor gas fire pits operate in a very harsh environment, ranging from extremely hot to very cold and wet so high-quality Stainless Steel or Brass are the best materials for the burner pans and fire rings.

Outdoor gas fire pits operate in a very harsh environment, ranging from extremely hot to very cold and wet so high-quality Stainless Steel or Brass are the best materials for the burner pans and fire rings.

A good fire pit burner should have at least a 5-year warranty, but top-quality burners as are the ones available here on The Magic Of Fire, have a Lifetime Warranty.

Drilled gas ports (the holes through which the gas escapes) produce a smoother gas flow and less chance of whistling noise. Punched gas port holes are the cheaper alternative and creates a metal burr on the inside of the burner ring, which spoils the gas’s smooth flow, causing a fluttering flame and possibly even some noise.

Fire Pit Burner Capacity

A Standard Capacity fire pit burner is rated up to 290,000 BTU’s and has a 1/2 inch gas input. High Capacity fire pit burners are rated at 300,00 + Btu’s with a 3/4 inch gas input.

With the high standard of burners available today, all good quality fire pit burners will provide a decent flame as long as you can supply the correct amount of gas and have a big enough gas line.

HPC Fire Fire Pit Penta Burner

A Standard Penta Burner From HPC Fire

Types of Fire Pit Burner

Standard Burners or Jet Like Flames?

There are basically two kinds of burners. Standard burners on which the gas leaves the burner and filters up through the fire glass, or burners that have nozzles that force the gas out creating a tall jet like flame.

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Standard Burner
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Close up of the Fire Pit Bullet Burner Nozzles

Standard Fire Pit Burners – All Brands

Standard or ‘traditional’ burners may look very simple but they are designed and tested to ensure a reliable, consistent flame pattern, distributed evenly across your fire pit and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

A typical round fire pit burner ring

A Standard or Traditional Fire Pit Burner

Bullet Burners – Exclusive to The Outdoor Plus

If you want to have bigger flames, then a Bullet Burner is one of the best options. Hand-built from either brass or stainless steel and in a variety of shapes and sizes, these burners come with a Lifetime Warranty. 

Bullet Burners can create twice the flame height as a standard burner for that wow factor. More interestingly, also consume less gas to achieve a similar flame height produced by a standard burner.

Triple S Brass Fire Pit Bullet Burner by the Outdoor Plus

A Triple 'S' Bullet Burner with Patented Gas Nozzles

Torpedo Burners – Exclusive to HPC Fire

Much like the Bullet Burner the Torpedo Burners come in a variety of shapes and sizes but also feature a patented nozzle that is precision-engineered to produce the biggest CSA Certified flame on the market!

Torpedo Burners qualify for HPCs hassle-free Lifetime Warranty.

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Standard Burner vs Patented Torpedo burner

Fire Pit Burner Shapes

Shapes and Sizes

Burners are available in a large variety of shapes, so that you are sure to find what you need. If you do need something more unique both HPC Fire and The Outdoor Plus are happy to create custom burners to fit your requirements.

Round Burners

A round fire pit burner fits equally well in a square fire pit as it does in a circular one.

A round fire pit burner can also be used in hexagonal and triangular shaped fire features.

We stock a range of sizes from 6 inches up to 48 inches in diameter from several manufacturers.

Penta Burners

Penta Burners have gained almost legendary status among fire pit fans and are very popular. The unique star-shaped design creates a very realistic ‘campfire’ type flame and is especially good at low gas settings.

H-Burners

An H shaped fire pit burner is the perfect shape for a rectangular fire feature. With their unique ‘H’ shape, they can fill a large area without using too much gas.

Linear Burners

A Linear fire pit burner is designed to fill long narrow fire pits.

Square Burners

An alternative to using a round burner in a square fire pit!

Rectangular Burners

Rectangular Burners have a more complete rectangular footprint than an H-Burner but not limited to an actual rectangle configuration. Check out the uniquely shaped Switchback Burner and the rounded corners of the Racetrack Burner!

Custom Burners

If you can’t find what you need within the standard ranges of fire pit burners, contact us on our Toll-Free Advice Line +1 866 244 9982 to discuss a custom-built burner.

A Guide To Fire Pit Burners - A selection of available burner design

A variety of Burner Designs available