How to Safely Use a Propane Firepit

Posted on: 27 March 2017


Given the low cost of propane, it is a suitable fuel for a fire pit. Fire pits are a great addition to a home that is located in a climate that gets very cold in the winter because the fire pit allows you to enjoy the outdoors all year round. However, when you are using propane to fuel your fire pit, the presence of the propane means that you will need to be even more cautious around your fire pit.

Understand the Benefits

The propane fire pit is an alternative to wood fire pits. The propane is able to set a fire ablaze much more quickly than wood. Another benefit of gas-powered fire pits is that they can turn on automatically or through a switch, which makes them much more convenient. However, the gas fire pit is not as hot as a wood fire pit.

Keep the Pit Clean

Make sure that you clean your pipes and burners periodically. If you have not used your fire pit for several months, you should clean it before using it again. Insects will sometimes climb inside the fire pit and may cause clogs that can cause hazards. 

Check for Leaks

Check for any signs of leaks. If you attempt to light propane when there is a leak, the buildup of propane gas in the area can cause an explosion. Inspect all of the valves and connections to make sure that there are no leaks. If any leaks are found, turn off the gas and tighten the connections. 

Be Prepared for Emergencies

When there is an emergency, make sure to turn off the gas line to cut off access to the propane supply. If there is a fire, pouring water or sand on the fire can help dampen it so that you can turn off the propane supply and fully extinguish the fire. However, if you are not able to turn off the propane supply, make sure to contact the fire department.

Because of the heat of a fire pit, it is important to keep the area nearby the fire pit clean and clear of clutter so that there is nothing that can catch on fire. Do not keep combustible substances too close because sparks can fly and catch objects on fire. Have a fire extinguisher nearby and always be prepared for when there is an unexpected fire. Do not leave the fire pit unattended without turning off the gas.