A long-time contributor to SeriouslySmoked. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.
A long-time contributor to SeriouslySmoked. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling,
passed on from his father and grandfather to him.
The propane fire pit is a great way to incorporate some added ambiance to your backyard, camping spot or picnic area. With a contained flame, they are a safer option than wood burning fire pits, and in most cases, they are also easier for most people to light and control than a wood burning fire pit.
While propane fire pits are in general fairly easy to use, if you’ve not used one before, you may have questions about how to properly operate a propane fire pit.
In this article, we’ll take some time to give you some helpful hints about using a propane fire pit. We’ll also give you step by step instructions on how to start your fire pit, using an automatic starter and manually with a match or stick lighter.
1. How Your Propane Fire Pit Operates?
Before you run out and start firing up that new propane fire pit, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of how they work. Understanding the basics of your fire pit will allow you to operate it safely and with the most efficiency possible.
Most propane fire pits are fairly simple in their construction. They have a gas tank, gas supply line, control valve, and burner. Some fire pits have a piezoelectric starter while some basic and portable fire pits are lit manually.
In general most propane fire pits operate the same way. Gas from the tank is moved from the tank to the burner via the supply line. The control valve is basically your “on/off” switch. It allows you to start the gas for lighting, to adjust the flame height, and then to turn off the gas when you’re done using the fire pit. To start the fame you expose the gas to a spark or flame from a match or stick lighter.
Propane fire pits are very simple and use technology that has been around for many, many years. While some fire pits have other fancy features, to get a good flame, nice ambiance and plenty of heat, you don’t have to spend a ton of money for a fancy fire pit. A simple, easy to use propane fire pit is a great addition to your outdoor space, even if you’re on a budget.
2. How to Start Your Fire Pit?
Understanding that there are likely some variations on how to start your propane fire pit, given the model and specific features, we have put together this “how to” based on the simplest operation options. We’ll walk you through models with electric starters and models that have manual staring. Do keep in mind that there may be some variation to this process depending on your specific fire pit, so do make sure that you read the owner’s manual and operating instructions before you operate your propane fire pit.
Propane Fire Pits with Electric Starter
Propane Fire Pits with Manual Lighting
3. Helpful Hints
Here are a few helpful hints to make starting and enjoying your new fire pit a pleasant experience.
Propane fire pits are a convenient, safe, and affordable way to enjoy a fire in your backyard or while camping or going out to a good picnic spot to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities. Knowing how to start your new fire pit safely is an important part of getting the most from this accessory.
While we’ve given you some basic instructions on how to start your propane fire pit, do remember that you should always consult your owner’s manual before you use your new fire pit. Finding enjoyable experiences with your family and friends is great. Just make sure that when you want to bond before a camping fire pit, it’s always good that you observe fire pit safety procedures to keep your family safe and lengthen the life of your fire pit.
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