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Fire Feature Safety

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

A backyard fire feature is a great way to expand your outdoor living space and a fun place to gather friends and family.

Follow these tips to safely enjoy your fire feature:

  • Read the owner/installation manual – every system comes with one. Even if the feature was professionally installed, the owner’s manual has important information on how to operate and maintain your fire feature and may contain safety information specific to your feature.

  • Inspect your fire feature before each use. Make sure there is no dirt or debris in or around the burner. Prior to lighting, confirm all connections are secure and there is no smell of gas. If you smell gas, do not light the feature – immediately contact a licensed professional to inspect the fire feature.

  • Check the vents. CROSSFIRE® Brass Burner systems require 18” of ventilation on opposing sides of the fire feature. Ventilation prevents heat damage to internal components and allows airflow in case of gas pooling in the cavity of the fire feature. Check to make sure all vents are open and clear of debris.

  • Regularly check the area surrounding your fire feature to make sure no combustibles are within 36” from the sides of the unit, or within 120” from the top of the burner. As vegetation grows throughout the warmer months, trimming may be required to maintain clearances.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never leave your fire feature unattended while burning.

  • CROSSFIRE® Brass Burners are built to burn Natural Gas or Liquid Propane only. Use of gasoline, lighter fluid, butane, kerosene, alcohol or any other flammable liquid will damage your fire feature and could cause bodily harm.

  • Only use fire rated media (glass, lava rock, log sets, etc.) approved for use with high temperatures that has been manufactured specifically for use in fire features. Never use any material that is not fire rated. Non-rated material can crack or fracture when heated, causing damage to the fire feature or bodily harm.

  • Never turn the fire feature on while it is covered. Replace the cover when not in use but only once the fire feature has cooled completely.

  • Never burn or cook anything over your fire feature. Burning items in your gas fire feature will damage the burner and can easily lead to an uncontrollable fire.

  • Have a licensed professional inspect the feature annually.

Enjoy your fire feature safely for years to come with these simple tips!


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