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. Utilizing an American Fireglass Stainless Steel Drop In Tray has to be one of the most easily installed systems available.
There are three good reasons to use a tray with an integral burner in your fire pit:
1. 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.
2. It is very simple to install a tray. During the construction of your fire pit structure, build in a ’shelf’ on which the tray can sit and that’s it. All the plumbing is hidden out of sight below the tray, and it is very easy to remove for maintenance.
3. The tray is a great container for your fire pit media, be it fire glass or lava rock, holding it securely, and not allowing it to spill over.
What The Kit Consists Of:
These kits comprise of a Stainless Steel Drop In Tray 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 specifically for the rigours 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 Drop In Tray 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.
Specifications For The Rectangular Tray
The Manual Spark Ignition System
A battery powered Push Button Spark Ignition Systems means that there is no need to be running a mains electricity cable out to you 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, no damp tapers not lighting. This is the civilised way to light your fire pit!
Pro Tips To Help You Get The Best From Your Fire Pit Kit
- Ensure you have sufficient gas pressure to 'power' your burners 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