Fire Pit Kits
What are Fire Pit Kits?
Fire Pit Kits are a set of individual compatible fire pit components offered as a kit from a Brands range of products.
The price point of this combination of components is less than purchasing the parts individually.
The Fire Pit Kits offer the user the confidence that all the essential parts are compatible and quick and easy to install, and resulting in a good flame for their fire pit.
What do Fire Pit Kits Include?
In general, a fire pit kit will include a pan or tray with a burner, a gas line from the burner to either shut-off, or a key valve. Some kits will provide a second gas line from the key valve to the gas feed, or in the case of a propane kit, a propane regulator.
Fire Pit Kits Propane versions should include an air mixer valve and a propane regulator, and the supplied gas lines will be 3/8th inch in diameter.
Fire Pit Kits Natural Gas versions generally have 1/2 inch gas lines supplied.
There are four different kinds of fire pit kits, defined by the Ignition System included with the kit:
- Match Lit ( also referred to as Match Light or Match Throw )
- Spark Ignition
- Flame Sensing
- Electronic Ignition
The same fire pit pan and burner are used throughout the Ignition System options, but that’s where the similarities end.
The Match Lit systems are very straightforward compared to a highly sophisticated Electronic Ignition system, but they will have the same pan and burner.
Fire Pit Kits are ideal for contractors and DIY projects. They provide quick and easy installation and the confidence that all the components will work together.
These systems are only suitable for outdoor fire pits and outdoor fireplaces. We would recommend selecting fire pit kits with a fire pit pan and burner manufactured from stainless steel.
Several of the leading brands now provide Lifetime Warranties on the pan and burners, which are at the core of these fire pit kits.
All the following Fire Pit Kits and ignition systems are fully compatible with fire glass and lava rocks and are available in Natural Gas or Propane versions.
Fire Pit Kits are available in all the manufacturers’ standard sizes and shapes, square, round, rectangular and linear, and in flat and drop-in pan versions.
Several leading manufacturers have at least some of their ranges tested and certified by either UL or CSA, two of the leading Certification laboratories.
Match Lit Ignition Systems
A match lit fire pit kit system is the simplest of the Ignition Systems. You open the gas valve manually using the gas valve key and light the burner with a long match or taper. Adjusting the flame height and turning off the fire pit is also performed via the shut off valve.
Match Lit systems are straightforward to install and maintain, and no electrical feed is required.
Spark Ignition Systems
A step up from the match lit system. An ignitor probe installed next to the burner is connected by an electrical cable to a push-button unit.
The best place to install the Push Button unit is on the fire pit structure’s outer surface, in an easily accessible position adjacent to the shut-off valve.
The user turns on the gas via the shut-off valve and then presses the button causing the probe to spark, igniting the burner. No electrical supply is necessary. The battery is located inside the push-button, so it is easily accessible.
Flame Sensing Ignition Systems
These safety systems have various names depending on the manufacturer. In essence, it is a failsafe system that cuts off the gas supply if the fire pit flame goes out.
The Automatic flame sensor or “thermocouple” located in the ignition system detects the presence of flames and closes the gas line if the flame is extinguished.
The system is battery powered, the fire pit lights via the control panel and a button’s push.
These fire pit kits are fully assembled and ready for installation. All the connections from the control panel to the fire pit tray are completed at the factory.
Electronic Ignition Systems
Electronic Ignition systems function in much the same way as flame sensing systems. The fire pit flame is continuously monitored, and the gas supply is automatically shut off in the unlikely event that the flame goes out.
Similar to the Flame Sensing Kits, the monitoring is also carried out by a thermocouple.
However, where they differ is that before the system cuts off the gas, it will make several attempts to re-lit the fire pit before it finally shuts off the gas supply if the flame fails to re-light.
Electronic systems also have many different options for operation. The fire pit lights with just the flick of a switch located anywhere you can get an electrical feed.
Often the switch is installed in the house to light the fire pit without even having to go outside. All systems also have remote control options for ignition and downloaded Apps on your Mobile Phone or Tablet.
Electronic ignition systems are ideal for commercial installations such as Hotels, Casinos, and Restaurants. They provide a high degree of safety and don’t require to be continuously monitored by humans as the system itself takes care of this.
Code and ordinances often specify electronic ignition for gas fire pits accessible to the general public because of their high level of safety.
The complexity of the electronic ignition systems allows the leading manufacturers to go to town on their systems’ design.
American Fireglass concentrate on durability and practicality. Their SIT system is one of the most compact units on the market, making them ideal for fitting into fire bowls and other fire features where space beneath the pan is limited. They are also extremely durable.
Firegear Outdoors Electronic Ignition systems can run on batteries and are ideal for locations where it is impossible to install an electrical supply but provide all the Electronic Ignition system features.
However, if there is power available, the addition of an electrical adaptor removes the need for the batteries.
Ventilation for Electronic Ignition Systems
All gas fire pit structures must be ventilated irrespective of the kind of ignition that is utilized. Unfortunately, this is an often overlooked aspect of fire pit projects.
It is vital for fire pits with Electronic Ignition to have adequate ventilation. It gets very hot inside a fire pit structure, and without sufficient ventilation, the system could overheat and fail.
The industry standard is to provide 36 sq. inches of ventilation in total, 18 sq. inches on two opposing sides of the fire pit structure.
However, some manufacturers recommend even more ventilation for their Electronic Ignition systems. Therefore, it is essential to check the unit’s specifications to ensure you provide the recommended amount of ventilation in your fire pit structure.
Pro Tip – many of the Fire Pit Kits available on our website are supplied with Safety Certificates from industrial testing laboratories such as CSA and UL.
Such certification may be required to comply with local codes and regulations.
If that is the case, be sure to select fire pit kits with the correct certification.
They are certified to the same specification, ANSI Z21.97-2014/CSA 2.41-2014, but if local codes and regulations stipulate CSA Certification is required, they will not accept Certification from UL testing laboratories, and vice versa.