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Frequently Asked Questions

Fire Pits

What safety standards are your fire pits certified to?
Are any of your propane fire pits self-contained?

Our standard fire pits are too low to accommodate propane tanks inside them, but if the site demands, we can create custom designs with extra height that can contain propane tanks.

Are glass screens available?

Tempered glass screens are available for some models, specifically in square and rectangular formats. Glass screens are 3/8″ (10 mm) thick, low-iron tempered glass that is substantial, durable and aesthetically luxurious.

How does the gas line connect?

The preferred installation method for our fire pits is to have a gas/propane line concealed under a decking surface or underground. The line is then brought up through the base of the fire pit vessel and connects to the burner inside.

Can I put a Paloform fire pit on a wooden deck?

Yes. Our natural gas or propane fire pits can be placed on any deck surface built to local building code standards. Wood-burning fire pits cannot be placed on wooden decks or any other combustible or non heat-stable surfaces.

Can I leave my firepit outside year-round? Do I need to cover it?

Our concrete, Corten steel and powder-coated fire pits can be left outside year-round, but we recommend that they be covered with the supplied all-weather fabric cover during the winter or if unused for extended periods. This helps to prolong the life of the burner components. All our firepits have a drainage hole on the underside – it is important that this drainage hole not become clogged or covered, as allowing the vessel to fill with water can damage the vessel and/or the burner.

How do you turn on a Paloform fire pit?

There are two types of burner systems available in our modern fire pits: electronic ignition and match-lit. Electronic burners are connected to a power source and can be controlled by a switch or wireless remote. “Match-lit” models are lit using a butane lighter or long match. These employ a safety pilot with thermocouple which shuts the gas off if the fire pit should ever be blown out.

How does electronic ignition work?

Fire pits with electronic ignition are designed to be plugged into an outdoor receptacle (120 VAC in North America; 230 VAC in Europe and Australia) that is installed inside the fire pit vessel. Turning on power to the receptacle ignites the fire pit, and turning off the power extinguishes it.


This system affords you a variety of choices for controlling your fire pit: wall switch, wireless remote, home automation system or any on/off system that will control power to the receptacle.


For more information please refer to our installation manuals.

You state that one should not use a wood-burning fire pit on a concrete deck, yet one of your photographs is shot on a concrete deck.

Yes, unfortunately, it was during the shooting of these photographs that we discovered that you should not put a wood-burning fire pit on a concrete deck – but the photographs were too beautiful not to use.

What is included in the price?

Fire pit prices include everything needed to connect to a fuel source: all burner components, toppings and a cover.

Can you create custom fire pits?

Yes, we have created a wide range of custom fire pits for projects of all sizes. We can customize in Corten, powder-coated and stainless steel, as well as in hand cast concrete. We can utilize match-lit, electronic or ethanol burners. Please click here for more information on custom fire pits.