Locating Your Gas Fire Pit:
- Place your fire pit in a location that allows you to take advantage of the best landscape views of your garden and or backyard
- Be aware of prevailing wind conditions
- Place your fire pit at least 10-feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
- Check your owner’s manual for recommended clearance requirements for walls, structures or buildings.
- Place your fire pit in a spot clear of hanging trees, branches, brushes, or anything else that is flammable, or overhangs
- Place your fire pit on rock, stone, concrete or bricks, never on wooden decks
- Check with management, if you live in an apartment, to learn the requirements and fire codes for using an LP gas outdoor fireplace in your apartment complex
- Choose a spot with good drainage
- Locate your fire pit on the southeast side of a garden as a “fire element” as part of Feng Shui design, the Taoist art and science of living in harmony with the environment
Locating Your Wood Fire Pit:
- Place your fireplace on the southeast side of a garden or backyard to conform to the normal positioning of the elements.
- Don’t ignore the view and be aware of prevailing wind conditions.
- Place your fireplace at least 10-feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
- Do not use fireplace on wooden decks (place on rock, stone, concrete or bricks).
- Place your fireplace in a spot clear of hanging trees, branches, brushes, or anything else that is flammable, or overhang, for example.
- Choose a spot with good drainage.
Using Your Gas Fire Pit:
- Always use fire pits outdoors, never in a building, garage or other enclosed area
- Never leave the fire unattended
- Do not allow children or animals near any outdoor fire pit
- Use safety gloves and tongs when interacting with fire pits, such as moving ceramic logs, lava rock or fire glass
- Cooking on a gas fire pit is not recommended
- Do not burn wood in a gas fire pit
- Converting LP burning fire pits to natural gas is not recommended and could void the manufacturer’s warranty
- Check all factory connections for leaks
- Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable liquids or vapors in the vicinity of this or any other appliance
Using Your Wood Fire Pit:
- Never leave the fire unattended.
- Always use fireplace outdoors, never in a building, garage or other enclosed area.
- Do not allow children or animals near any outdoor fireplace.
- Always have a container of water nearby and a garden hose on standby before starting a fire.
- Use all natural products, such as Fatwood™ sticks to light your fire. Never use chemicals such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire.
- Do not burn pressure-treated wood because it may contain harmful toxins. Hickory and oak produce the least amount of smoke. Good firewood options include pinion wood, alder, cedar, oak, hickory, mesquite, pecan and even fruit woods such as apple and cherry.
- Do not overload your fireplace with too much wood while in use.
- Use a spark guard to control sparks and burning embers.
- Use safety gloves and tongs when interacting with fireplace, such as removing the spark guard, or adding logs.
- Avoid using fireplace in windy conditions, which can blow embers.
- To extinguish, allow the fire to burn itself out. Do not use water to extinguish a fire as the extreme temperature change can damage the fireplace.
Leak Test a Gas Fire Pit Before Operating:
- Always perform leak test before lighting the outdoor fireplace and each time the tank is connected for use
- Do not smoke while leak testing.
- Do not use or permit sources of ignition in the area while conducting a leak test
- Conduct the leak test outdoors in a well-ventilated area
- Do not use matches, lighters or a flame to check for leaks
- Do not use an outdoor firepit until any and all leaks are corrected.
If you are unable to stop a leak, disconnect the LP gas supply. Call a gas appliance serviceman or your local LP gas supplier
LP Gas Leak Test Procedure:
- Turn the hand wheel of the propane tank about a third of the way
- Apply soapy water to all connections; if a bubble appears do not use the tank
What to Do If You Smell Gas and the Appliance is Not Lit:
- Do not try lighting any appliance
- Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building
- Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone
- Follow the gas supplier’s instructions
- If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department
What to Do If You Smell Gas and the Appliance Is In Use:
- Shut off gas to the appliance
- Extinguish any open flame
- Open lid
- If odor continues, keep away from the appliance and immediately call your gas supplier or your fire department
LP Tank Safety Tips:
- Never store a spare tank beneath a fire pit
- Always store tanks upright
- Never store a tank in temperatures of 125 degrees F or more
- Secure tank upright when transporting, in a well-ventilated area of your vehicle. Drive directly to where it will be used. Do not allow tank to sit in a vehicle unattended
- Never use or store a propane tank indoors
- If storing fire pit indoors, disconnect tank. Move tank to a secure, well-ventilated location outdoors
- Do not try to repair a damaged tank or tank valve
- Take a damaged tank to a qualified propane supplier for repairs or disposal
- Ensure the tank valve handle is in the “Closed” position when the tank is not in use