How to Design A Warming Trends Fire Pit
So, you are about to begin the journey of designing a fire pit? Congratulations! You are about to create a gift that keeps on giving. If you are reading this article, we are guessing that you have already made the commendable decision of going with a Warming Trends burner for your fire pit. Which means that you probably already know about their unique 100% brass burners with a lifetime guarantee, so we won’t waste any time explaining why they make the best burners in the industry. Instead, let’s take a look at the process of designing a fire pit with a Warming Trends Crossfire Burner.
The first thing you need to consider is the placement of your new fire pit. Is it above-ground or in-ground? How far from the house will it be? This will affect a number of aspects regarding your fire pit. Most importantly, keep in mind the length of line that it will take to run your fuel to your burner.
If you are planning to have a propane tank located right next to or inside your fire feature, then the length of the line does not matter as much. However, if you plan on connecting to the natural gas line in your house then you will need to consider how big of a line that you will run.
Generally, the longer that the line, the wider the diameter line you will require. A wider line will guarantee enough fuel can pass through the burner to create the large and vibrant flame you are seeking.
Shape and Size of Fire Pit and Plate
Similar to the length of line to consider, the shape and size of the fire pit will dictate the size of the burner. The size of the burner will also affect the diameter of the line. Measure the diameter and sides of the opening in the fire pit that you plan on filling with flame. This is pretty straightforward for circle and square shaped fire pits but can be trickier for oddly shaped fire features.
You will need to figure out the shape and size of the pan or plate that will fill the bottom. We recommend going with a pan at the start. You should always have at least 3” of siding that comes off the plate and forms to the shape of the pit.
Shape and Size of Warming Trends Burner
The shape of the pit will dictate the shape and size of the Crossfire burner. You want your burner to produce a large enough flame to fill the fire pit with enough fire as desired and heat to warm those around it.
It’s important to calculate how many BTUs you will need to achieve the flame. Just because your burner fits the shape of your fire pit, doesn’t mean that it will produce enough BTUs to create the flame needed to fill your fire pit.
Different burner shapes will create different types of flames; it is fairly easy to see where the flame will be created by looking at the jets. The larger the measurement specs, the higher the BTUs produced will be.
Key Valve and Flex-Line
Once you have your burner picked out, pan installed into your pit, a hole drilled out for line connection, and fuel flow line installed then it is time to install the key valve and flex-line. The key valve will be installed on the side of the fire pit which will connect to the fuel line. The key valve is used to open or close the flow of fuel to the burner. The flex-line is the malleable metal line that runs from the key valve to the burner.
Now it’s time to decide on a fill media. You have a lot of options here. Volcano rocks or stones give a nice rustic feel to the fire pit. Larger stones and river rocks create more of an antiquated and sophisticated appearance.
Fire glass is a popular choice and for good reason. Fire glass comes in a variety of colors and offers an elegant appeal. Your Warming Trends fire pit will have the added visual quality from the lustrous glass catching and reflecting the light. Finally, you could consider going with a natural feel and opt for a log set. Log sets give the appearance of a natural wood fire and also come in different options such as driftwood, oak, and birch.
It’s Time To Get Going
Now that you’ve gone through the options and necessary equipment to create your dream fire pit, it’s time to get moving on making it a reality! Remember to ensure that the burner and fuel line are large enough to support each other. If you are having trouble figuring out the BTUs you need, feel free to give us a call to help you with one-on-one designing assistance.