Building a DIY gas fire pit will be a large investment of both your time and money. Minimize your risk by identifying what’s important when shopping for a gas fire pit burner. There are a lot of companies out there, and that can make the choice confusing.
Doing your research is well worth the effort because buying a quality fire pit burner will save you a lot of headaches and money down the road. And isn’t that what every DIYer is hoping for when launching a new home improvement project?
3 Main Buying Considerations
1. How to Choose a Quality Gas Fire Pit Burner
When comparing fire pit burners, look at their design features such as a beveled edge versus a flat edge. Over time, a flat edge will warp. At Celestial Fire Glass, we have come up with a new design to combat this problem.
There are three things to consider when selecting a burner: quality, technical support, and a warranty.
We are now offering a beveled (or wrapped) edge that takes the quality of our products to an even higher level. It adds strength and prevents warping, which helps the pan sit flush on the fire pit surface. It offers a more refined look, as well as greater durability.
Another element involved in the longevity of a burner is the materials used to make it. Not all stainless steel is created equally. Cheaper stainless-steel products are typically made from a less desirable mix of metals and they are more prone to rusting.
Consider the gauge of the stainless steel. If it’s lightweight, it will be more likely to warp and less likely to stand the test of time.
And don’t overlook the need for accessories. Will you be able to get what you need? We often talk with people who have haphazardly ordered a burner basing the choice on price alone. Later, they sometimes find it difficult to match the product they bought with a wind guard or cover that will fit their burner.
At Celestial Fire Glass, we have accessories to fit everything we sell. And we’re now introducing the beveled edge to our burner covers for the same reason we’re adding it to our burner pans—it improves the look, quality, and durability.
If you have found a product online priced significantly lower than the competition, you can be assured that the quality is significantly lower. The old saying, “you get what you pay for,” is definitely true when it comes to buying a gas fire pit burner and the components.
2. Technical Support Is Critical When Selecting a Gas Fire Pit Burner
Most people building a DIY gas fire pit are doing this for the first time. It can seem overwhelming with so many unanswered questions floating around in your head. It’s essential that you have a competent team to help you with the project.
Not only can they guide you in the design process, but they can also help you in determining what parts you’ll need, how to install the components properly, and what to do if you run into trouble.
They’ll help you ensure that you do your project correctly, giving you the confidence to operate your fire pit safely.
3. Lifetime Warranty for Your Gas Fire Pit Burner
Keep in mind that a “lifetime warranty” protects you against defects in the product, not against normal wear and tear. Eventually, everything wears out, but a lifetime warranty protects you against defects that render the product useless or something that fails much earlier than it should.
If a company is willing to back its products with a lifetime warranty, you can be assured that they have confidence in the quality of its products. But, that only holds true if it is an established company and not a “fly-by-night” operation that’s here today and gone tomorrow. Those companies make all sorts of promises because they won’t be around years from now to make good on their warranties.
The best way to protect yourself is to buy from a company located in the U.S. Look for an established business that specializes in DIY gas fire pit burners with good reviews of their products and services.
Another indication of an established business is one that features a physical storefront that is open to the public.
Would You Rather Buy a Fire Pit That Lasts One Season or 10 Seasons?
You can certainly find online companies that sell burner kits and accessories for less money, but you have to be honest with yourself about what you’re getting. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
And think seriously about your goal. Do you want to go to all the work and expense of creating a fire pit structure and hardscaping, only to put cheap components in it that may not be as safe or durable?
Quality parts, technical support, and a lifetime warranty from an established company will cost a little more money upfront, but it will save you headaches and replacement costs down the road. Plus, they simply look nicer.
Feel free to contact us with any of your questions, whether it is about the benefits of our products or for assistance ordering the right burner pan for your fire pit design. Our Tech Team is here for you.