May 24, 2018

With days getting longer as summer approaches, an outdoor fire feature is the perfect way to unwind and relax after a busy day. Whether it is run off natural gas, propane or ethanol, an outdoor fire feature can create a memorable ambience in your outdoor space. All you have to do is select the best style for your outdoor space- it is as simple as that. Next, learning to safely light your outdoor feature is the final step in creating the space of your dreams.

Selecting a Style That Best Suits You

Picking the type of outdoor fire feature to include outside your home may be a difficult decision, but it doesn’t have to be. With various different types of fireplaces running off natural gas, propane and ethanol, there are plenty of options for flexibility to suit one’s place.

Natural Gas

To warm even the coldest of summer evenings, natural gas fireplaces are an excellent choice. This option is extremely effortless if a natural gas line already runs through your home. These type of fire features can create a memorable environment without any maintenance and re-stocking of wood or any fuel that comes in a tank. This easy option for a fire feature can be a “game-changer” in your outdoor space. Lighting a natural gas fireplace is as easy as lighting a BBQ. Instantly you have a beautiful flame creating a wonderful ambience and some heat. Natural gas does require a gas line, so this could be an additional cost if there is not one existing.


A propane fire feature may be the best option for you if you are looking for simplicity at its finest. With the flip of the switch, the fire ignites. It is as simple as that! Propane fire features provide the perfect amount of warmth for those breezy summer nights and is perfect for a group of people trying to keep warm. One thing to keep in mind is that propane fire features tend to be more costly due to the fact the energy is not coming from a source in which is renewable. Overall, a propane fire feature provides an efficient and convenient way to take your space to the next level without having to install a natural gas line.


An ethanol fire feature is the best option for the environment due to the fact that it is a renewable source of energy. Only steam, carbon dioxide and heat are discharged as a result; that’s it. A beautiful orange flame without the annoyance of smoke or ashes. An ethanol fire feature does not require a stealthy amount of maintenance; however compared to other types of fuel; not an abundance of warmth is released. An ethanol fire feature lights up your outdoor space with a captivating glow and no inconvenient connections need to be made. Ethanol can be burned inside a home as well!

How to Light an Ethanol Fire Feature

  1. With a lighting rod, the lid of the fire feature can be taken off.
  2. Enlarge the lighting rod so that the tip may reach the burner to wet with the fuel.
  3. Now, the end of the lighting rod can be lit.
  4. To ignite the flame, simply dip the rod into the reservoir of fuel.
  5. To extinguish the flame, the rod can be used in order to put the lid of the fire feature back on.

Tips for Using a Propane Fire Feature

  1. Select an installation location that is safe- 10 feet or more away from any outdoor structures or your house.
  2. Make sure a fire extinguisher is nearby if ever required.
  3. Make sure to clean burners as well as pipes often because if it is dirty, gas buildup may occur.
  4. Check for leaks in your propane fire feature.
  5. Make sure a burner tray is present because without it many safety issues may arise such as soot present leading to the discolouration of your fire feature.

Do’s and Don'ts When it Comes to Using a Propane or Natural Gas Fire Feature

  • Check with your local fire department to see what the regulations for fire features are in your area
  • Make sure than a certified gas fitter is obtained when connecting and setting up your fire feature
  • Make sure the proper size of pipes for the gas lines is used during the setup process
  • Do not place your fire feature close to any vents
  • Do not put a large amount of fire media is not on top of the burner as it may affect the efficiency of the fire feature



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