How to Make a Gas Fire Pit Hotter? Benefits, Safety Tips & FAQs

How to Make a Gas Fire Pit Hotter

We have found out that the performance of several fire pits is not satisfactory, and adjustments need to be made.  Unfortunately, not every issue can be corrected. This is why you don’t need to rush into installing a fire pit in your home.

You must consider a lot of things. Most importantly, you must determine how much heat you expect from it.  The size of a fire pit plays a role in the amount of heat it gives out.

One problem people face is that after installing their fire pit, their anxiety and enthusiasm about the fire pit dies because they are not getting enough heat from it. This article lists out the steps to take if your gas fire pit is not hot enough for you. Just sit back and read through it.

Add a Lot of Lava Rocks to Your Fire Pit:

When heated, rocks can radiate heat on their own. So, when you fill your fire pit with some of them, they will be radiating heat along with the one given out by the burning fire.

We are not talking about very small chunks of rock. You need to look for larger ones. The more lava rocks you have in your fire pit, the hotter it will become.

Enclose the Area:

Another way to make your fire pit more effective is to enclose the area.  This does not require rocket science. The smaller the enclosure, the hotter the air will be. If you don’t want to cover your patio completely, you may enclose it partially. This will make it hotter.

Increase the Flame Height:

The third way to make your fire pit hotter is to increase its flame height. The higher the flame, the hotter it will be. However, this method is not as easy as the other two above. It requires several steps. That is why we have outlined the steps involved right below.

First Step: You have to remove the rock in the fire pit to have easy access to the gas pipes. We don’t need to remind you that you can only do this when the fire pit is cool. So, you must wait for it to cool before you start anything.

Second Step: You need to clean the pipes and make them free of dust and ash. Blow them with a compressor. You should also check if the holes are clogged by dirt or rust. Remove the clog with either a wire brush or needle.

Third Step:  Check if the flame adjustment valve is fully turned on. If not, you can adjust the valve. This will also help to increase the flame height of your fire pit and provide more heat.

Fourth Step: Increase the gas tank pressure by opening the valve wider. This will allow greater gas flow to the fire pit and will lead to an increase in flame height and heat.

Benefits of Gas Fire Pits:

There are several types of fire pits, but we will advise you to choose a gas fire pit because of its numerous benefits. Some of these benefits have been outlined right below.

Heat control: Since a gas fire pit has a small dial to control the amount of fuel released to the fire, it can be controlled. You can decide the amount of heat you want and the height of the flame. This is more convenient than the trial and error method used for wood-burning fire pits.

The weather often changes, so you won’t need the same intensity of heat all the time. You may need high heat on a very chilly fall day and low heat on a warm summer night.

Eco-friendliness:  Gas burns smoothly without producing thick smoke, ashes, or soot.  It does not produce harmful by-products as well. That makes it a very good choice for homes with kids and pets. You will enjoy clean natural warmth without having to cope with any irritation from smoke.

Quick start and stop: This is another reason why we love gas fire pits. Starting a fire is as easy as switching on your fan. While you need some water to extinguish a wood-burning fire pit, you only need to adjust a knob to switch off a gas fire pit.

You can imagine the difference. It is like the gap between heaven and hell.  Once you stop gas from flowing into a gas fire pit, the fire will go off.

Ability to customize: You can change the look of your gas fire pit as often as you want. You can switch from fire glass to lava rock or fire logs. This may also uplift the look of your yard or patio. If beauty and convenience are your top priorities, a gas fire pit is your best bet.

Safety Tips for Gas Fire Pits:

Your fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any object or structure. That means if you plan to sit near it, you should be at least 10 feet away. This is the reason why we always advise people never to leave their pets and kids alone with a gas fire pit.

Once you stand up, your kids may want to move nearer. They may also want to throw their toy or any other object into it. There’s been a case where a mother ran inside to pick her phone, and before she got back, her baby had thrown a doll into the fire.

Your fire pit should never be under a tree.  It will gradually dry up the tree.  If you want to keep the tree in your yard healthy, you must install your fire pit at least 10 feet away from the tree.

Find out what the rules and regulations about fire pits in your neighborhood to prevent you from violating any of them. Don’t leave dry leaves or any other combustible object around your fire pit.

These are things that can help spread a fire when an accident occurs. If you can, it will be a good idea to get a screen or spark guard to prevent embers from flying around.


If you have to stick with just one of the facts that you have learned from this article, we would like you to go with the benefits of a gas fire pit over a wood-burning one.

June Brandt
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