Flame Sensing Kits

Flame Sensing Kits sit between Spark ignition Kits and Electronic Ignition systems in the hierarchy of fire pit ignition systems.

However, this can cause some confusion because most, if not all, Flame Sensing Kits light the fire pit with a spark ignition system, and all Electronic Ignition systems are ‘Flame Sensing.’

So What Is a Flame Sensing Kit?

As the name suggests, a Flame Sensing Kit constantly monitors or ‘senses’ the flame. You light your fire pit with a battery-powered push-button system, just like a Spark Ignition Kit, but the big difference is that the Flame Sensing system then continually monitors the flame.

If the flame should accidentally extinguish due to high winds or some other reason, the Flame Sensing Kit automatically shuts off the gas.

By shutting off the gas, the system prevents the potentially dangerous build-up of a gas cloud, providing an added level of safety when compared to a more basic Spark Ignition system.

Round Drop In Tray with Ignition and Flame Sensing
HPC Round Pan with Flame Sensing Kit

An Electronic Ignition system, which is the most sophisticated of the Fire Pit Ignition systems, performs the same monitoring of the flame and shutting off the gas if required.

However, before cutting off the gas, the Electronic Ignition system automatically makes several attempts to relight the flame. If this fails, only then will it shut off the gas supply.

Electronic Systems are very sophisticated pieces of equipment that can be operated from a distance with remote controls and even Apps downloaded to your mobile phone.

Flame Sensing systems utilize an automatic flame sensor called a thermocouple. This device ‘senses’ the presence of a flame and shuts the gas line if a flame is not detected.

Flame Sensor
A Typical Flame Sensor

The fire pit lights with the push of a button. The battery-powered push button ignites the flame using a rapid ignition and thermocouple.

Despite all the innovative technology that makes these systems work, they are remarkably easy to install. That is because the kits are supplied from the manufacturers in a ‘plug and play’ format.

All the connections from the control panel to the fire pit tray are made at the factory. So to install, the fire pit tray is dropped in place, and the control panel securely fixed to your fire pit structure. It is very straightforward.

Flame Sensing Kits are available in both Natural Gas and Propane versions.

Flame Sensing Control Panel
Control Panel

All the major brands have a Flame Sensing range, which will include every configuration of fire pit tray. They are available in square round, linear and rectangular, and either drop-in or flat pan versions.

Flame Sensing Kits can also be retro-fitted as some manufacturers provide the control unit connected to the flame sensor/ignitor as an individual product.

If you can’t find exactly which unit you need for your project, don’t hesitate to call us Toll-Free on 844 631 7638; we are here to help