Fire Pit Instructions
Fire Pit Instructions:
1. Make sure your fire pit is set-up in a well-ventilated area. Do not set your fire pit up indoors or on a covered patio.
2. Be careful of the surface you are placing your fire pit on. Do not place it directly on a wood surface.
3. Make sure bowl can drain so it doesn't fill with water.
4. If you are burning wood, place a layer of lava rock up to 4-5 inches from the stop of your fire pit then put your firewood on top of that. Never burn anything in the fire pit without a protective layer of lava rock on the bottom.
5. Do not use rock or gravel of any kind in place of lava rock; it can potentially explode when heated. There are, however, some special glasses and ceramic "stones" than can be used. Whatever you use, make sure it is approved for fireplaces.
Special Note: Even lava rock can explode when heated due to moisture getting trapped inside. Make sure to use caution the first time you use your fire pit after a rain or when you first install it.
6. If you are burning gas, make sure that the fire ring and flames are never closer than 4 inches from any side. Install fire ring then cover the top with more lava rock up to the very top of the pit (or as high as you prefer) to hide ring. Follow proper gas connections for the code in your city or county. Take the gas line through the bottom of the bowl and put the on/off valve where children can't play with it.
Tip: For a more natural look, install the ring with the holes pointing down. This also helps keep debris from clogging holes.
7. Even with the best precaution of using lava rock to dissipate the heat, concrete fire pits can develop hariline cracks due to heating and cooling. And while these cracks are not always sightly, they are not fatal flaws in your fire pit which has been poured with special wire meshing to keep it structurally sound. To minimize these cracks, try not to burn very large, hot wood fires (which burn hotter than gas). Burning wood is actually illegal in some states and counties as well, so check your local regulations.