It’s important to periodically check for gas leaks on a propane fire pit.
My family and I had the unfortunate experience of watching a propane tank erupt and severely injure a man while we were camping. This was caused by an undetected gas leak that ignited.
Experts advocate doing a full check before each use, and while this won’t be practical for all users, it’s still important. Always inspect the lines and connections before each use and if you have any doubts or smell gas in the air, don’t use it.
Here’s how to perform a propane tank gas leak check.
*If in doubt, please seek professional advice. We are not qualified, licensed plumbers and this should be taken as general advice.
How To Test For Propane Gas Leaks
1. First, locate the gas supply line and the connections.
This will typically include the hose that runs from the propane tank to the fire pit, as well as the connections where the hose attaches to the fire pit and the tank.
2. Make sure all the connections are tightened properly.
Check the connections where the hose attaches to the fire pit and the propane tank.
Make sure that they are tightened securely, but be careful not to overtighten them as it can cause damage to the connection.
3. Check for any visible damage to the hose.
Look for any cracks, holes, or other damage that could cause a gas leak. If you notice any damage, replace the hose.
4. Use soapy water to check for leaks.
Mix a solution of water and liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray the solution over the connections and the hose. If you notice any bubbles forming, it could indicate a gas leak.
You can see an example of a leaking propane gas tank in this video.
5. Use a leak detector solution.
Special solution or spray designed to detect gas leaks, you can use these solutions to spray over the connections and hoses, if the solution changes color or emits a sound, it means there’s a gas leak.
Test When Not In Use
Additionally, you should also check for gas leaks at regular intervals when not in use. The same goes before putting it away from a long period of non-use, and when you bring it back out.
This will help ensure that any issues that may develop over time are identified and addressed before they become a safety hazard.
It’s also a good practice to check the hose and connections when you change the propane tank.
Lastly, check for any leaks if you move the fire pit or if you notice a decrease in the flame size, it may indicate a gas leak.
People who use a propane tank cover are more easily able to forget about these checks, so if you’re in this camp, don’t forget!
If A Gas Leak Is Detected
If you detect a leak or smell gas, turn off the gas supply immediately, and do not use the fire pit or gas tank/line until the leak is repaired by a professional.
It is important to perform a gas leak check before each use of your propane fire pit to ensure that it is safe to use. If you suspect a gas leak or notice any other issues, it is best to contact the manufacturer or a professional for assistance.
In the case of an emergency always call your local emergency number.
Whether you have or are getting a gas fire table or a small portable gas fire pit, it’s best not to go cheap, avoid buying second-hand (where you don’t know the history), and buy a quality unit that’s more likely to have been built well.