Outdoor Fires and Torch FAQ’s Q. How do you ignite the SYAM outdoor firepit? A. Easy – with just a wall switch – you can switch on and off. The control, ignition system and electronic gas control valves operates on a 24v low voltage supply. Q. Can SYAM gas firepits withstand the South African outdoor conditions? A. Yes - Our Outdoor firepits are designed and manufactured in 304 stainless steel for better corrosion resistance to the elements. They are also supplied with an outdoor cover and should be used when not in use. Q. Do I need a burner pan for my gas fire pit? A. Yes and No. For natural gas users, a burner pan is highly recommended- but not necessary. A burner pan will not only keep your burner supported within your enclosure, but it will also reduce the amount of fire pit media you need to use. A properly mounted fire pit pan can greatly increase the life and performance of your fire pit burner ring, it’s better for drainage- keeping everything in your fire pit drier, while also making the maintenance of your fire pit easier. For liquid propane applications, a burner pan is necessary. LP applications require an air mixer in order to operate, in order to ensure the highest level of performance and safety you must provide adequate space around the air mixer provided by the pan; additionally LP systems must be configured in a way to minimize fuel settling below the pan. Q. What do I need if I want to use propane for my gas fire pit? A. If you plan on using propane for your gas fire pit you will need an air mixer and a burner pan, while also making sure your propane line is regulated. An air mixer is necessary because propane needs to mix with air in order to create a clean, efficient fuel. The burner pan is necessary to ensure the proper amount of spacing for your air mixer to gather air in order to mix with the propane, allowing proper burning. Also, the pan is designed to be installed in a way so that it prevents fuel from settling below the pan and burner; failure to do so could result in personal injury or explosion. Q. What do I need to connect my gas fire pit to a standard 20 lb. propane tank? A. With a standard 20 lb. propane tank you are limiting the amount of BTU usage to between 90,000 and 100,000. For this reason, the largest ring recommended you use would be 18”, you will also need a regulator and an air mixer along with the other standard supplies necessary (e.g. fittings, valve, key, and piping.) Q. What is fire pit media? A. Fire pit media includes fire pit glass, lava rock, and fire pit log sets. Each of these forms of fire pit media are intended as a decorative addition to your fire pit; however, we strongly recommend using either fire glass or lava rock to cover your fire pit burner. We recommend this for two reasons: 1)      Fire pit media protects your burner from the elements and other debris, while also hiding it from viewers, increasing its aesthetic appeal. 2)      Fire pit media also helps better distribute the flame, creating a broader, fuller flame for your enjoyment.