Fire Pit Kits
Ignition Solutions for Every Project
Gas Fire Pit Kits
Fire Pit Kits are supplied complete with Ignition systems and are available in four configurations, ranging from the straight forward Match Lit systems to the highly sophisticated Electronic Ignition versions.
These systems are only suitable for outdoor fire pits and outdoor fireplaces. We would recommend selecting kits with fire pit pan and burner manufactured from stainless steel.
Several of the leading brands now provide Lifetime Warranties on these products.
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.
They are also available in all the standard sizes and shapes of the manufacturers, square, round, rectangular and linear and in flat and drop in pan versions.
Match Lit Ignition Systems
A match lit fire pit 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 outer surface of the fire pit structure, 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 push-button houses the battery in the body of the push button unit, 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 is to detect the presence of flames and to close the gas line if the flame is extinguished.
The system is battery powered. The fire pit is lit via the control panel and the push of a button.
These 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.
The flame monitoring is also carried out by a thermocouple.
Where they differ, however, 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 so that you can light the fire pit without even having to go outside. All systems also have remote control options for ignition, and several can be operated via 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 constantly monitored by humans as the system itself takes care of this.
Code and ordinances often specify electronic ignition for gas fire pits that are accessible to the general public because of their high level of safety.
The complexity of the electronic ignition systems allows the leading manufactures to go to town on the design of their systems.
American Fireglass concentrate on durability and practical. 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.
Ventilation for Electronic Ignition Systems
All gas fire pit structures must be ventilated irrespective of the kind of ignition that is being used. 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 specifications of the unit you wish to use to ensure you provide the recommended amount of ventilation in your fire pit structure.