American Fireglass Square Drop In Tray w/ Spark Ignition & Gas Connection Kit
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.
Why Use A Tray?
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, 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)
Drop In Tray Sizes and Specifications
These kits are available in five standard sizes ranging from 12" square up to 36" square. 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.
The 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 convienence, 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!
The Gas Connection Kit
Installing The Gas Connection Kit
Installing the Gas Connection Kit couldn't be simpler. We suggest fixing the Shut Off Valve onto your control panel structure first of all. Note the arrow on the outside of the valve, ensure that this points in the direction of the gas flow, i.e. the arrow points to the fire pit burner.
After having installed the shut off valve, you will decide, depending on the construction of your fire pit structure, whether to connect to the fire pit tray/burner, or to the gas source next.
If you have a Propane Installation, connect your Air Mixer Valve to the base of your fire pit tray, and connect your gas hose to the base of the Air Mixer Valve. As with the Shut Off Valve, the Air Mixer Valve is also marked with an arrow, and this must be pointing in the direction the the gas will be travelling, i.e the arrow points towards the fire pit tray / burner.
As with all Gas Installations, we strongly recommend you contract the services of a Certified Gas Technician to install all Gas equipment.
A great way to protect your fire pit burner and tray 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 have manufactured a range of Stainless Steel Covers that are tailer-made to sit neatly over your fire pit pan protecting it from the worst ravages of the weather.
If you are using an American Fireglass Wind Guard you do not have to remove it to use the fire pit lid as these lids are designed to fit inside the wind guard.
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