If you've been planning on buying one of our gas fire pits, as a standalone or as part of a set, then here's some useful information for you.
1. What gas bottle do I need?
All of our gas fire pits, whether it be a Standalone Fire Pit or as part of a Dining Set with Fire Pit, require a gas patio bottle. These are green gas bottles fitted with propane and are the only gas bottled fitted with the clip-on regulator required for our systems.
It is advised that you purchase a 5kg bottle as this is the ideal size for storing the bottle neatly inside and out of sight. Anything bigger than 5kg will not fit inside any of our fire pits.
2. How much will a gas bottle cost?
On average we believe you can find a 5kg patio gas bottle for about £60. Usually this is the hire of the bottle for around £30, and the first £30 fill of gas.
Many places will return the £30 for the gas bottle if you bring your gas bottle back if you are ever done with it. This will be a one-off cost and then you will need to refill your gas bottle instead of purchasing a whole new bottle each time you run out.
3. How much does a refill cost?
When you buy your first gas bottle, many places will offer you a refill agreement (for a fee) and this may allow you to get cheaper refills if you are always returning to the same place. On average a refill for a 5kg patio gas bottle costs between £20-30.
4. How long does a gas bottle last?
There are many variations of settings to how you use your firepit so the time my vary until your gas bottle runs out. Every KG of propane gas in a gas bottle produces 14kW of heat energy so a 5kg bottle contains 70kW of heat energy. This means that each system size will have a different heat energy output. Below you will find the list of our most common firepit system sizes and their heat energy output:
50 x 50cm Square System – Approximately 12kW which means on a continuous full heat a gas bottle will last around 6 hours.
60 x 25cm Rectangular System - Approximately 12kW which means on a continuous full heat a gas bottle will last around 6 hours.
115 x 25cm Rectangular System – Approximately 15kw which means on a continuous full heat a gas bottle will last around 4.5 hours.
60cm Round System - Approximately 12kW which means on a continuous full heat a gas bottle will last around 6 hours.
80cm Round System - Approximately 18kW which means on a continuous full heat a gas bottle will last around 4 hours.
if you run all of these systems on a low or medium heat they will last considerably longer.
5. What is the expected cost per hour?
This will vary on how much you pay for your gas bottle and refills as well as the setting you choose for your fire pit but let’s give you a few examples:
If you pay £30 for your gas and use it for 6 hours on a full heat this would cost £5 per hour. However, if you use the same £30 gas refill for 10 hours on a low heat it would cost only £3 per hour. The lower setting you have your firepit set to, the longer it will run and the less your cost per hour will be.