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A few weeks ago, while I was editing Denise Rolen’s guest post called, “Enjoying a Campfire Without The Smoke,” I fell in love with the idea of having a propane fire pit. The thought being able to flip a switch and enjoy the heat and ambiance of a fire 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 has 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 for 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.
Attached to the fire pit is a 10-foot hose with a 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 peeled back the black shrink wrap on the swivel connector behind the flame control, loosened the connector, and removed the hose.
The parts you’ll need to connect the fire pit to a standard RV quick-connect propane connection are pretty straight forward:
1. A 3/8″ propane hose with female flare swivels on both ends, like this one:We chose a 20-foot hose to allow us to set the fire pit a good distance from the motorhome, but they come in a variety of lengths.
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.
Assembly takes a few minutes, and requires only basic tools. Wrap each joint in thread tape, connect one end of the hose to the fire pit, connect the adapter to the other end of the hose, and then add the flow plug. Tighten each joint snugly, but don’t over tighten. Then 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.
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!
Of course your system may be a little different, but these details will hopefully make it easy for your to get your propane fire pit running on your RV quick-connect in just a few minutes.
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