Nothing defines a traditional American weekend better than a smoked barbeque party with some pals in your backyard.
But, I wish smoking ribs were as easy as it sounds! The biggest challenge the average person faces is while choosing the right gas fire pit for their needs.
Wait, wouldn't it be a lot easier if you could make one yourself? Just think about all those bucks you'd save!
Howdy, friends! It's your DIY expert, Stacy Smith. And today, I'm here to help you learn how to make a natural gas fire pit burner.
The funny thing here is, I wasn't personally interested in building BBQ fire pits as an early teenager. My father tried breaking down the process step-by-step, while I just stood there and watched unenthusiastically.
Fast-forward some 40 years, I found myself regretting the sheer disinterest I had shown back then, and that's what encouraged me to learn the procedure.
That said, I hope my experience helps you make a natural gas fire pit burner without much hassle.
So, let's begin, shall we?
How To Make A Natural Gas Fire Pit Burner
Although it may sound tricky to the average joe, rest assured that it's not rocket science. A perfect start to this project would require you to take note of the basics. That's why I'm here to walk you through the key factors to consider before putting together your first DIY gas fire pit. Or if you'd rather buy a gas grill for tailgating, find some excellent portable choices here.
Based on my experience, keeping the following tips in mind would make the entire process feel like a cakewalk.
1. Choosing The Right Location
First, you'd need to choose the right spot where you'd like to grill those ribs. I recommend a flat and even surface for the best results. If you're lucky enough to have a deck, yard, or patio in your living space, you're all good to go!
If not, you’d need to put in some hard work. You can quickly build a fire pit on the grass by merely installing a non-combustible base to avoid the transfer of heat underneath, which mostly leads to ugly accidents. After all, the only thing you'd like to burn is the tender meat!
Not to forget, never underestimate the role of proximity while playing with fire. Make sure that the pit has a minimum of six feet of total clearance in every direction. Cross-examine the burners to ensure that you're keeping sufficient clearance to ensure safety.
2. Choosing The Right Gas Type
If you're the type to prefer long-term savings, natural gas should be your go-to option. Although its initial costs may seem excessive, you'll notice a significant difference in the operational expenses, compared to propane alternatives.
However, let's take a look at my next recommendation, i.e., liquid propane. Compared to natural gas, you'll be enjoying a little more flexibility while using this gas type. Consider yourself lucky if there's a propane tank on-site that makes it a lot easier. As you know, the operational costs will be a little higher, but who can put a price on quality?
3. Selecting The Proper Enclosure
Let's move on to the pit's exoskeleton or the enclosure. Developing one is fundamental to house your ignition components. If you prefer doing it yourself from scratch, buying a few masonry bricks would suffice.
However, you can cut out the hard work by only purchasing an unfinished pit enclosure separately. Are you worried about the costs? Honestly, even I was stressed over whether it'd cost me an arm and a leg. To my surprise, these products come off pretty inexpensive compared to the convenience they offer.
4. Scope Of Proper Ventilation
Being one of the critical factors, ensuring proper ventilation is what keeps the fire burning inside. Providing adequate ventilation would channel fresh air for optimal ignition, enhancing the consistency in airflow. Other than that, it also boosts water drainage and channels out the excessive gas building inside.
It's necessary to keep a few air vents in the exoskeleton that'd aid optimal ventilation. These are commonly found in pre-made unfinished enclosures. If you're building one yourself, remember to either keep an open bottom or use risers to lift the pit when required.
5. Choosing The Burners And Components
A burner is arguably an essential component of a natural gas fire pit. In case you're setting up your fire pit burner, here are the vital parts that you'd need to include fundamentally.
Pan: This component is placed underneath the burner to keep the gas logs used to start the fire. It's required that the diameter is enough to offer a minimum of 3-inch clearance sideways, between the pan's edge and the burner.
Connectors and Fittings: These components are configured inside the enclosure with the motive to channel the gas/fuel to create combustion. If you can raise your budget just a bit, opt for whistle-free flexible connectors while setting up the burner.
Air Mixer/Media: Air mixers would be useful if you're installing a propane gas line, which helps gather fresh air to create proper combustion. However, the air media are placed right on top of the pan and aid in even gas distribution.
Ignition System: Last but not least, this component's fundamental purpose is to initiate and control the ignited fire. It comes with many variations, and you can choose between manual, push-button, and automatic systems.
Although automatic systems are the priciest of them all, based on my experience, these variants offer the best bang for your buck. Also, controlling becomes a walk in the park as you get the flexibility of a remote control mechanism.
There you go, folks! Now that you've followed my step-by-step breakdown, I hope that your journey to build a DIY natural gas fire pit burner will be quick and convenient.
Putting it down together wouldn't require you to keep your nose to the grindstone, as a little expert guidance can get the job done in a few hours!
On that note, I'll see you soon with more exciting and fun-filled informational guides, so stay tuned!