Gas Chiminea - Outdoor Patio Chimineas
Today's gas chiminea models provide interchangeable fuel sources. Most patio chimineas converted to run on natural or propane gas can also be disconnected for the occasional wood fire. Simply disconnect the burner and gas logs, remove them for the time being and use your outdoor chiminea for a wood fire. Companies like Blue Rooster make it possible to enjoy the different fuel sources depending on your mood and budget.
It is important to have qualified gas company install your gas chiminea for the first time. This ensures the lines are installed properly and not leaking. Ask them to show you the quickest, safest way to disconnect the gas components for wood burning.
Specify Natural or Propane Gas When Ordering
When you order your gas chiminea, make sure you specify the gas source. Fittings for propane and natural gas burners are different and cannot be interchanged. It's important to have the correct gas flow to prevent gas leaks and unexpected fires.
Always Check for Gas Leaks Before Lighting Your Gas Chiminea
Once installed by a professional, you should smell the air for gas before lighting it. Do this every time to prevent a fire. If you do smell gas, it's often a case of a loose connection and can quickly be amended with a wrench.
Hardware stores sell gas leak detection liquids. It's a good idea to keep a bottle handy to pinpoint where a leak is occurring. Simply squirt some liquid onto your connections, protecting your patio or deck floor by holding a cloth under the connection as you squirt it on. If there is a leak, you will instantly see bubbles forming.
Keep Your Outdoor Patio Heater in Top Shape
When you disconnect the gas chiminea to burn wood, make sure you clean out all ashes before reconnecting the gas burner. Ashes can clog the burner's holes.
Wipe the interior of the patio chiminea with a damp cloth to remove any soot. Make sure you check the chimney pipe for creosote build up and remove it with a wire brush if necessary.
A gas chiminea is designed to burn even when it is raining. In heavy downpours, it is best to bring the patio heater under cover if possible. If not, turn it off and place the cap over the chimney to keep water from getting inside and rusting your burner.
Before relighting your gas chiminea, make sure no water has pooled on the inside. If there is standing water, use a dry towel to remove it before lighting.