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Gas Connection Kits

Connecting your burner to your gas supply

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Gas Connection Kits

Essentially, gas connection kits link your fire pit burner to your gas supply regardless of whether you have a Natural Gas supply, a large Liquid Propane tank providing gas to the whole house, or use a small portable LP tank (20 lb).

How to determine which Gas Connection Kit you need?

This will depend on the BTU rating of the Burner and the type of gas used to power the Burner.

 What is a BTU?
A BTU is simply a measurement of heat/energy consumed.

Larger, higher BTU-rated fire pit burners require more heat energy which translates into a need for a higher volume of gas than smaller BTU-rated burners. The higher the volume of gas required, the larger the diameter of gas lines and valves need to be.

A Standard Capacity Gas Connection Kit
A Typical Standard Capacity Propane Fire Pit Gas Connection Kit

Gas Connection Kit Classifications

There are three levels of classification for Fire Pit Gas Connection Kits;

  1. Low Capacity ( LC ) – LC for burners rated below 90,000 BTU
  2. Standard Capacity ( SC ) – SC covers about ninety percent of fire pits and is for units rated 90,000 up to around 290,000 BTUs
  3. High Capacity ( HC ) – For gas units requiring 300,000 BTUs or more. These will mainly be found in commercial settings. The term ‘capacity’ refers to the volume of gas flowing through the system. 
 
A High Capacity Gas Connection Kit
A Typical High Capacity Fire Pit Gas Connection Kit

Fire Pit Gas Supply Options

When it comes to fueling your fire pit, you have two gas options: Natural Gas (NG) and Liquid Propane (LP). A Whole-House system involves piping NG to your property via a utility company or supplying LP from a large gas storage tank on your property. Alternatively, you can use small portable 20 lb LP tanks to fuel your fire pit.

Whole House System Depending on your burner’s BTU rating, you’ll need one of the following:

  1. Standard Capacity (SC) gas connection kits: These kits range from a simple flex hose with a gas shut-off valve to a kit with a key valve, cover plate, and key for mounting on your fire pit’s exterior structure. It includes two gas lines, all necessary fittings, and an air mixer for LP versions.
  2. High Capacity (HC) gas connection kits: Similar to SC kits but with larger diameter gas lines that connect to a higher capacity key valve, accommodating the larger volume of gas required.

Small Tank Liquid Propane For burners compatible with small LP tanks, individual manufacturers will provide suitable gas connections.

  1. Standard Capacity kits: These are like the ones mentioned above, but with the addition of a regulator and, since it’s propane, an air mixer.
  2. High Capacity Burners: Not suitable for connecting to a 20 lb Propane Gas Tank.

Keep in mind that higher BTU burners should be matched with appropriate ignition systems that include flame-sensing safety features. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Tech Tip

There are many considerations to be taken into account when building your fire pit. For a deeper understanding, please read our  How To Successfully Build A Gas Fire Pit article.

Installation Tip

During installation, ensure that the gas lines only have a very gentle curvature. Avoid kinks, sharp twists, or changes of direction in the gas lines.

Check out our range of Fire Pit Gas Connection Kits, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out, we’d love to talk with you.

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