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Hooking Up A Propane Fire Pit To An RV Quick-Connect

Confession time! I love campfires, but hate the smoke. Whenever we start a fire, I feel congested. And, as soon as the flames go out, I want a shower and clean clothes. But connecting a propane fire pit to our RV has changed everything!

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 Connecting A Propane Fire Pit To An RV

The thought being able to flip a switch and enjoy the heat and ambiance of a propane fire pit had me hooked. And not smelling like smoke? EVEN BETTER! But dragging around a 20-pound propane tank to fuel the thing seemed ridiculous when we have propane right in the motorhome.

After a little digging, I discovered (1) our RV came with a low-pressure propane connection meant for gas grills, and (2) portable fire pit manufacturers don’t sell kits to convert their units to be use with this “quick-connect” valve. Fortunately, the solution was a cinch!

I started by ordering the Outland Firebowl 870 Premium Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit. This fire pit has auto-ignition, adjustable flame, and comes with a lid and handy carry strap. It looks great, and with 58,000 BTUs, it provides all the heat we’ll need to take the chill off.

 

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The fire pit came with a 10-foot hose and regulator so it can be connected to a 20-pound LP tank. Since the gas feed coming from the quick-connect on the RV is already low pressure, this regulator needs to be removed or the gas flowing through the line will not be sufficient to feed the fire.

Removing the hose from the Outland fire pit was easy, but that may not be the case with all brands. For this model, I just removed the black shrink wrap on the swivel connector behind the flame control, loosened the connector, and removed the hose.

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Parts for the Conversion

If you want the hose that connects your propane fire pit to an RV to be a particular length, these are the parts you’ll need:

1. A 3/8″ propane hose with female flare swivels on both ends, like this one:These hoses come in a variety of lengths so you can choose which will work best for you. We decided on a 20-foot hose to allow us to set the fire pit a good distance from the motorhome.

2. An adapter to get from the female flare on the hose to the quick-connect plug. It’s called a 3/8″ male flare x 1/4″ female pipe thread, and it looks like this:

3. The final part snaps into the quick-connect propane connection, and is called a 1/4″ male NPT x full flow male plug, which looks like this:

Finally, if you don’t have any on hand, order some yellow propane gas tread seal tape to ensure your joints won’t leak. In total, the parts should cost around $85, not including the cost of the fire pit you choose.

Or, if you’d rather, you can order either an 18-foot or 24-foot RV connection hose with the appropriate ends already attached.

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Assembly and Testing

Assembly takes a few minutes, and requires only basic tools. Wrap each joint in thread tape, and connect one end of the hose to the fire pit. Then connect the adapter to the other end of the hose and add the flow plug. Tighten each joint snugly, but don’t over tighten. When you have the pieces assembled, it’s time to test your work!

In a spray bottle, mix half dishwashing liquid and half water and shake. Then, in a well-ventilated area with no other open flames, insert the flow plug into the quick-connect sleeve, turn on the gas valve, and light the fire pit. Spray all the connections liberally with the soapy water mixture to ensure there are no leaks.

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If you discover any leaks, immediately turn off the fire pit, shut off the gas, fix the problematic connection, and try again. Once everything is working as it should, it’s time to kick back and enjoy your new fire pit!

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It goes without saying that your system may be a little different than ours, but these details will hopefully make it easy for you to connect your propane fire pit to an RV quick-connect in just a few minutes.

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Disclosure: I’m not a professional technician. Be sure to confirm that all methods and materials you use are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you feel unsure about proceeding. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on information provided here is strictly at your own risk. 

 

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    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Hi Don! I can’t say for sure whether this conversion kit will work or not. It looks like the one I used, however in the questions and answers it says, “This will only work with the Weber Q 1000 & 2000 series grills.” That makes me skeptical. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  • Steve says:

    Hey folks I read the blog and all the comments and have a question: In this setup there is no way to adjust the amount of flame, or turn it off for that matter without just disconnecting the hose at the RV. What has anyone done to allow for flame control assuming you don’t always want the gas flow at full blast? For some of the firepits I’ve seen the regulator also has the flame control. Note: in this example above the flow control is on the firepit so I get it…but some of the firepits I’ve seen this is not the case (like the Camco for $65 on Amazon)

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Hi Steve! That’s a great question. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recommendation – I took the easy way and purchased a fire pit with the flame control built in. Sorry I can’t be more helpful, and good luck! If you nail it down, please share the solution you came up with!

  • Dina says:

    I’m trying to do this exact thing. How do I know if my propane tank can do this? Thanks!

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Hi Dina,

      The fire pits come ready to connect to a 20 pound propane tank. If that’s what you’re trying to do you should have no trouble connecting it right out of the box.
      My goal was to connect the fire pit to the “propane quick connect” nozzle on our motorhome. If that’s what you’re trying to do, as long as you have a quick connect nozzle, the source of the propane shouldn’t matter.

      I hope that helps, and good luck with your project!

  • Josiah says:

    Just an FYI for all readers. Amazon does sell an 18’ propane hose that has the 1/4” male quick connect on one end and the 3/8” female flare on the other. I know it’s not 20’ but removes the need for all the other fittings and is only $25 instead of ~$75.

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Thanks so much for sharing that, Josiah! For two feet it’s probably worth getting the one that’s ready to go.

    • Mr. Bill says:

      Josiah thanks! Bought the hose on Amazon, easily connected to my new Outland fire pit and to the quick connect at the back of our travel trailer. Let the nightly campfires begin.

  • That’s another great solution, Carl – thanks for sharing!

  • Carl Hall says:

    A quick connect male fitting can be installed on the fire pit connection instead of the permanent hose fitting. This would allow one quick connect hose that is rigged to quick connect on both ends to quick connect into the pit and the the RV, (male on one end, female on other end). This hose can be used to connect a cooking grill or any propane rigged quick connect cooker, like fish fryer or turkey fryer using your RV stored ptopane (no extra bottle required). Just make sure the hose is long enough to move the cooker away from the RV and your awning. Keep the kids and pets out of the area away from the hose and cooker. Make sure you use a low pressure hose and no regulator is required.

  • LOL!! You’re so welcome, Denise!

  • that is so cool!! No bottle to lug around. thank you for blazing (LOL pun intended) the trail!!!!

  • Thanks, Joel! I was pretty proud of myself. =)

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