Preseason Gas Fire Pit Checklist
Get Your Gas Fire Pit Ready for the Season
A gas fire pit can improve the ambiance of your patio atmosphere, and getting the best performance out of it can keep the same warm & welcoming backyard experience. When spring has sprung and it's time to start enjoying the outdoors again, a smart maintenance checklist can help you get your fire pit ready. The list below will walk you through a general preseason maintenance routine for fire pits. Make sure to refer to your owner's manual for any specifics for the model you have.
- Remove Cover and/or Burner Cover
- The first step is to take stock of what condition the fire pit is in. If you've followed a proper end-of-season care and storage routine, it should be nearly ready, but a few spot checks are always in order.
- Remove and Clean Fire Media
- If your fire feature has lava rock or fire glass, it should be inspected and cleaned if necessary. Remove any debris or buildup that has accumulated over the winter. Be careful to look for signs of animals nesting - fire pits provide great coverage for all types of pests throughout the winter. You can also refer to our guide for washing fire glass for more info.
- Clean the Burner and Pan
- Once the fire media is removed, it's time to inspect and clean the pan and burner. One thing to keep an eye out for is spider webs inside the burners. A venturi brush is key for getting inside the burner and fully clearing it out.
- Inspect Gas Supply Lines
- It's vital to ensure that all segments of the gas supply are securely connected and free of damage before operating the fire pit. Inspect all connections and hoses for breaks, kinks and leaks. When in doubt, it's best to contact an NFI-certified gas plumber to keep you and your home safe.
- Check Ignition System
- If your fire pit has an electronic or battery-powered ignition system, you'll need to check the mechanism. Inspect the spark location and remove any debris to ensure reliable lighting every time.
- Light Burners and Inspect Flame
- Once you've ensured the fire pit is free of debris and in working order, you should light the burner and check the flame. It should burn evenly across the entire burner length. If it sputters or is burning unevenly, it may be necessary to clean the burner again or potentially replace it.
- Clean the Exterior
- Now that your fire pit is ready for summer evenings, all that's left is to clean up the exterior. It's best to use a soft cloth with warm, soapy water or in the case of stainless steel, a specially formulated cleaning solution.
Contact Us with Your Questions
A proper cleaning and maintenance routine will ensure your fire pit will last for years to come. If you have any questions or need help finding the right replacement parts for your fire pit, our product experts are waiting to guide you. Call us between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday to speak to one of our representatives. You can also send them an email, and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.