To build a fire pit, build a base from brick, concrete or cinder blocks, and insert a pre-made fire bowl with a propane gas kit. For a more permanent and cost-effective option, have a professional run a natural gas line from your house to the location of the fire pit.Continue Reading
A suitable location for a fire pit is away from any flammable materials or ones than can melt, such as vinyl siding. Check local regulations for having an open flame on residential property.
Construct the base by stacking bricks, cinder blocks or concrete. Make the base just large enough to hold and support a pre-made fire bowl. If you use a propane tank to fuel the fire pit, you can also make the base portable, and move it around your property as desired.
If you are using a natural gas line, install the gas burners, and connect them with the gas line coming from the house. Protect the base of the burners, and cover them with stiff wire mesh. If you are using propane to fuel the fire pit, place the tank inside of the base, followed by the bowl.
Add lava rocks or fire glass on top the burners or inside the bowl, and turn on the gas.
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Some issues that may occur with propane gas connections include gas leaks and a slowed down or completely stopped flow of gas due to problems with the flow valve, mentions CharBroil.com. Because there is a safety risk with propane gas due to the fact that it is flammable and toxic to inhale, it is important to contact a professional when there are problems with the propane connection or the equipment, warns PGANE.org.Full Answer >