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How to Build A Gas Fire Pit

May 21, 2024

A fire pit can enhance any outdoor living space, adding the ambiance you want and the warmth you need to extend the outdoor living season. While a wood fire pit is the go-to choice for many, gas fire pits are another great option. Gas-burning fire pits offer incredible convenience and virtually no cleanup because the fuel burns cleanly. If you're ready to upgrade your outdoor living area with a new gas fire pit, Nicolock Paving Stones can help with the kits, know-how and tips you need to bring your space to life.

Fire Pit Kits

There's no easier way to add a gas fire pit to your backyard than by ordering a fire pit kit from Nicolock Paving Stones. Packed with (almost) everything you need to get started, the kits include things like steel inserts, wall stones and caps. Just need to pick a color and supply the propane tank or gas connection and you'll be ready to enjoy a toasty fire in no time.

How to Build a Gas Fire Pit

Building a gas fire pit in your outdoor living space is easier than you think thanks to Nicolock Paving Stones' gas fire pit kits. Adding a fire pit to your outdoor living space can be accomplished in as little as seven steps, making it the ideal project for a weekend warrior or a seasoned professional.

Step 1.) Plan for Your Fire Pit - Take some time to look around your space and figure out where you want your fire pit to go. Consider factors like the size of your space, what style of fire pit you want and any local building codes that may apply. Choose a location that's away from flammable materials and buildings with adequate ventilation.

Step 2.) Gather Your Materials and Tools - You'll need a handful of items for a successful fire pit installation. Planning can help avoid any unnecessary delays.

  • Fire pit kit
  • Gas supply
  • Safety goggles, gloves and protective clothing
  • Shovel, trowel and level
  • Measuring tape and marking tools

Step 3.) Prepare the Base - Start by outlining your fire pit on the ground, then use a shovel to excavate the area. Aim for a depth of 6-8 inches. Once the area is fully excavated, level the base using a trowel and a level.

Step 4: Build the Fire Pit Walls - Assemble the fire pit, starting with the walls. Use the fireproof bricks or stones included in the kit to create the walls. Arrange them in the correct pattern and ensure all stones fit snugly together. Use a high-temperature mortar to secure the paving stones and allow it to dry completely before continuing.

Step 5: Install the Burner - Once the fire pit walls are secure, it's time to install the gas burner. Assemble the burner, burner pan and ignition system carefully to avoid any issues, then position it in the center of the fire pit, ensuring that it is level and secure. Connect the gas line and check for leaks.

Step 6: Test the Fire Pit - Once everything is assembled, it's time to do safety checks and test the fire pit. Check the gas line for leaks using soapy water and inspect the ignition system for proper function. Once satisfied, light the fire pit and enjoy the warm glow.

Step 7: Maintain the Fire Pit - A gas fire pit has virtually no cleanup compared to a wood-burning fire pit, but it does require some maintenance. The burner and burner pan should be cleaned periodically to ensure proper airflow and the gas line should be inspected before use, checking for any signs of damage. When not in use, cover the fire pit to protect it from the elements and extend its lifespan.