Rectangular Drop In Pan with Spark Ignition Kit-Stainless Steel

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Rectangular Drop In Pan with Spark Ignition Kit – Stainless Steel

We all have different ideas of how we want our custom gas fire pit to look, and what materials it will be made from. Common to all fire pits though, are the burners and a method to fit them. A drop-In fire pit pan has to be one of the most easily installed systems available.

3 Reasons to use a Drop-In Fire Pit Pan

  • If you are using Propane to fuel your system then it is generally considered best practice to use a tray, and may in fact be a requirement of local codes. Why? Propane is heavier than air, so once it is released through the gas ports of the burner, its natural tendency is to sink lower. The tray contains the propane gas in a limited area and helps ensure that it is all burned off efficiently, reducing the risk of pockets of unburnt gas collecting in the fire pit structure.
  • A fire pit drop-in pan keeps your fire media neatly contained, be it fire glass or lava rock, and keeps the amount needed to a minimum.
  • It is very simple to install. During the construction of your fire pit structure, build a ’shelf’ on which the pan can sit or cut out a hole in the top surface of the fire pit into which the pan can be dropped, and that’s it. All the plumbing is hidden out of sight below the tray, and it is very easy to remove for maintenance.

Rectangular Drop In Pan with Spark Ignition Kit


Components of the Fire Pit Kit 

These kits comprise a Rectangular Stainless Steel Drop-In Fire Pit Pan and a Stainless Steel Burner, Close Up Details Of A Rectangular Tray either a Natural Gas or Propane connection kit, and the Push Button Spark Ignition System.

  • The Tray and Burner are manufactured from 304 Grade Stainless Steel and are designed Rectangular Drop In Pan with Spark Ignition Kit - Stainless Steel diagramspecifically for the rigors of outdoor installation.
  • The Gas Connection Kits are supplied with two 4′ lengths of whistle-free gas hoses attached to either side of a Safety Shut Off Valve. The valve is supplied with a Chrome Cover Plate and Chrome Key.
  • The Natural Gas version is supplied with 1/2″ flair connection ends and a 1/2″ flair to 1/2″ pipe adapter.
  • The Propane versions are supplied with 3/8″ flair connection ends and a 3/8″ flair to 1/2″ pipe adapter, an Air Mixer Valve, and a Propane Gas Bottle Regulator.      

(Please note this Propane system is only for use with Propane Bottled Gas, not large domestic Propane tanks)


Rectangular Fire Pit Drop-In Pan Sizes and Specs:

These kits are available in five standard sizes ranging from 18″ up to 48″ in length. The following chart provides you with all the specifications you need for each size, including the BTU rating of the burner, and the recommended amount of Fire Glass your selected tray will require.


Rectangular Drop In Pan with Spark Ignition Kit – Stainless Steel Specifications:


American Fireglass Rectangular Spark Ignition Kits Specifications

The Manual Spark Ignition System

A battery-powered Push Button Spark Ignition System means that there is no need to be running a mains electricity cable out to your fire pits location. Simply bolt the spark probe vertically onto the base of the tray in the provided location, and connect the supplied cable to the back of the push button unit you have fitted into your custom-made ‘control panel’.

For convenience, we recommend installing the push button next to the Shut Off Key Valve supplied with your kit. Turn on the gas, push on the button, and you have fire! No matches blowing out, or damp tapers not lighting. This is the civilized way to light your fire pit!




A great way to protect your fire pit pan and burner and extend its lifespan is to keep it covered when not in use. Fabric covers work well but are a little bulky and awkward to use on a regular basis. American Fireglass has manufactured a range of Stainless Steel Covers that are tailor-made to sit neatly over your fire pit pan protecting it from the worst ravages of the weather.



American Fireglass Rectangular Fire Pit Lid


If you are using an American Fireglass Wind Guard you will not have to remove it to use the fire pit lid as these lids are designed to fit inside the wind guard.


Fire Pit Lid and Wind Guard



Pro Tips To Help You Get The Best From Your Fire Pit Kit

– Ensure you have sufficient gas pressure to ‘power’ your burner’s BTU rating

– Don’t forget to provide ventilation in your fire pit structure, at least 16 sq. in. on two opposing sides

– If using Propane ensure the venting is at the lowest point in the structure

– With Propane, it is better to use 1/2″ size fire glass

– If possible set your drop-in tray at least 2″ below the top of your fire pit structure ( to avoid the wind extinguishing your flame )

– Re: Above, if not possible use a fire pit wind guard

– Use a qualified Gas Technician

– Check your local codes regarding gas fire pit usage, it may have to be inspected and licensed

– For a more detailed explanation of any of the above, please see our Tech Tips section


All that’s remaining is to select your favorite fire glass to finish your fire pit project.


Prop 65WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including LEAD AND LEAD COMPOUNDS, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/

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