Troubleshooting Gas Outdoors
A common question from a homeowner is why does my gas firepit whistle. The answer is in the gas line. The installer has used common flex pipe to run the line. The problem is when the gas line is buried under poured concrete or a new finished paver patio. Until the line is replaced, the annoying whistle won’t go away.
Outdoor gas is beautiful and convenient. Gas eliminates smoke, ash and wood storage. Speaking of wood, it is becoming harder and more expensive to source good quality wood to burn. Turn, click and enjoy with gas. A 15’ gas line without boring is less than $400 which is equal to three cords of wood. So, gas fits the budget, too!
Spiders are a common enemy. Spiders will often build nests inside the pilot. These sticky, white ball nest can block the flow of gas making it difficult to light the pilot. A can a spray air is a great tool to dislodge and remove the nest quick blast of canned air in the pilot hole can dislodge the nest, although it is important to not freeze the pilot. A pipe cleaner can also do the trick. This problem is more common in gas grills.
Another common complaint is poor gas pressure. If an installer taps into the grill line to install an outdoor gas fire pit this could create future problems. Gas pressure is measured by water column. If the installer is not trained properly, they may not pressure test a line. In poor pressure situations, the barbecue may go cold when you turn on the fire pit.
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