When installing fire designs under a covered area, HPC recommends utilizing units that are rated no more than 200K BTU. Units rated as 200K and below will have an over head clearance to combustibles of 84” above the unit. In addition to the overhead clearance, there must be at least 2 open walls in any covered area to install an HPC gas burning fire pit safely. HPC Does not recommend any unit above 200K BTUs to be installed in a covered area as it can present as a fire hazard.
Proper ventilation is critical to the safe functioning of an HPC fire pit. Ventilation prevents the buildup of residual gas fumes. For units rated as 200k BTUs or less, HPC recommends installing a minimum of 2 ventilation openings measuring at least 18 inches, installed 180 degrees apart on the enclosure. In addition, make sure to maintain proper airflow around the covered structure. Doing so will create a comfortable environment for all to enjoy.
Importance Of Material Selection
Choosing to utilize fire-resistant materials for the construction of outdoor pergolas or covered porches will give consumers peace of mind. Non-combustible materials, such as stone, brick, or metal, are preferable. Proper selection of materials minimizes the risk of hazardous fires and enhances the overall safety of the installation. Adhering to proper clearances for combustible and use of fire resistant materials acts as an added layer of protection ensuring your fire desires will remain safe and reliable.
While HPC tests every aspect of our fire appliances, proper installation ensures the overall safety of gas fire features. HPC recommends utilizing a licensed professional installer to set up your gas fire feature. Professionals can ensure proper connection, ventilation, and compliance with safety standards. In addition, licensed professionals will be familiar with the local building department and can secure proper permits if it is required. Compliance with local codes and manufacturers’ clearances ensures that the installation meets safety standards as well as local legal requirements.
As added layer of safety, always have a fire extinguisher nearby. Ensure that everyone in the household knows its’ location and understands how to use it properly. This precautionary measure can make all the difference in case of emergencies.
Installing an HPC Fire Inspired gas fire pit under a pergola or covering can enhance ones’ outdoor living experience. With careful consideration of safety measures, selecting the proper equipment and maintaining clearances to combustibles, homeowners can enjoy their custom outdoor oasis.
Always prioritize safety and consult with professionals if in doubt about any aspect of the installation process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 937-436-9800. Let our NFI certified technicians provide guidance around all your fire design needs.
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