How To Arrange Lava Rocks On A Gas Fire Pit

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Why Use Lava Rocks?

Lava rocks are an essential part of a gas fire pit. They have been used as the best possible alternative to traditional firewood for a long time now. The problem with firewood is that it burns down through the use of firewood itself, making a larger amount of firewood required, as the fire goes on. Lava rocks can keep the fire going for much longer than firewood, a very important feature of any fire pit.

Plus, there is the amazing look of the lava rocks themselves, which is another reason why people prefer to use them over actual logs. However, the optimum arrangement of lava rocks in a gas fire pit is an important part of the process of maintaining the fire. Experts have laid down some important tips for exactly arranging lava rocks in a fire pit.

Fortunately, if you are looking at various pictures of gas fire pits, and trying to find the best design, before making a purchase, like many people do, then you are in a mood to learn more about the entire process. So, here is what you have to do.

Heat retention

Lava rocks, also known as natural fire rocks, fire boulders, fire glass, or glowing rock, have become a popular and fantastic way to enhance the look of a fire pit.

Unlike cheaper alternatives such as logs, lava rocks and fire glass do a great job of evenly distributing heat across your fire pit. This means that you don’t have to keep moving the logs the way you would need to if your fire pit contained a layer of cheap fire bricks or a stone patio layer.

Visual appeal is another great benefit of lava rocks or fire glass for a fire pit. As the lava rocks burn and glow they add a really unique visual element that you just don’t get with other fire pit materials.

There are many different ways to arrange lava rocks in your fire pit. The type of arrangements and the degree of complexity depends on the size of the fire pit and how much money you want to spend.

We’re going to take a look at a couple of different arrangements that might help you decide which one is best for your needs.


When you are building your gas fire pit, at the end of the construction process, you will need to weatherproof the lava rocks. Weatherproofing will prevent wind and rain from affecting your gas fire pit.

Use a clear sealer to achieve the best coverage. During the process of applying the sealer, be sure to concentrate on areas that might be affected by weather, such as handles, triple ring and the bowl itself.

In the long run, the weatherproofing process will play a vital role in the structure’s durability.

Protect the burner

Here’s a tip that will save you time and reduce the risk of cracking your lava rock. It’s important to understand that lava and rocks are very hard and they will damage or chip your burner. Abrasive materials can damage the opening where the gas comes through. To help prevent damage, put a grate separating the lava rock from the burner. Metals and stones are very good at transferring heat so that’s why the lava rock should never be directly on top of the burner.


Fire Pit Lava Rocks You can create a beautiful three-stone fire pit by arranging lava rocks. These stones can be found at local gardening stores. Choose three stones that are all the same color and size and fit well together. Also make sure they have an even shape so that you can stack them securely. Lay the stones side-by-side in a triangle shape with all three at the same distance from the center.

Next, place one more stone across the opposite side. This should be placed so that the short end of the three previous stones are covered by the longer sides of this fourth stone. Now your fire pit design is almost completed.

Place one more stone that is the same shape as the others, in the center. This should cover the space left by the three stones, allowing all four sides to reach the center's edge. Once complete, your fire pit will have sharp triangular points. However, if you want a more rounded or heart-shaped pit, you can choose a different shape for the center piece.

To place a flower or pot in the center of the fire pit, use a smaller lava rock. When building the fire pit, place the small stone beneath the pile, in the center, instead of on top.

How To Arrange Lava Rocks On A Gas Fire Pit

Lava rocks have become a popular yet inexpensive addition to a gas fire pit. They are also sometimes called river rocks. Whatever you call them, they look great and really add something to the aesthetics of your gas fire.

Here are a few tips for planning how to arrange lava rocks for your gas fire pit. How you arrange your lava rocks is important. It's not just a matter of aesthetics, but also for safety. The lava rocks will remain in place for a while with a little bit of water put right on top. This gives you time to create a good arrangement before the rock "cement" dries up. It doesn't take too long for the rocks to dry out, and once it does they become a loose pile rather than one solid rock.

A good idea before adding the lava to your fire pit is to wet both the rocks and the stones surrounding the pit. This prevents them from flying around and gives you time to create an even arrangement.

Here are a few tips to get you started on decorating your gas fire pit.

Start with arranging the rocks in the gas fire to create symmetry (as seen above). Use the larger and medium stones to form corners and outlines for the design.

Fill in with smaller stones.

What Are The Alternatives To Lava Rock?

One way to keep those ashes from your outdoor fire pit is to install lava rock. No, it doesn't literally mean that you had to find rocks on the island of Hawaii. So what's the big deal with lava rock? "Lava rock is just rocks from the earth mostly that are heated to extremely high temperatures in the elements. They are obviously very porous and look similar to the surface of the moon" We know. It's hard to see the connection to Hawaii as well.

But believe it or not, these rocks are meant to mimic the volcanic element of the Hawaiian islands. Just place these rocks on the top and bottom of your fire pit and bring out the torch. The creepy crawlers can climb on these rocks and withstand extreme heat on a daily basis.

Lava rocks come in peach, red, and black. Before you place these rocks into your fire pit, make sure that they have been thoroughly dried and soaked in water. Leave the rocks to sit overnight and then you can place them nicely on the fire pit for the following day. Regular rocks from your backyard are not the same, they disintegrate as they are heated up. Lava rocks, on the other hand, can withstand the scorching heat from the fire pit and will not look burnt nor will they lose their structure. These rocks are best for people who enjoy parties in their backyard.

Fire Glass

Fireglass is not the only option for a gas fire pit, but it is the most popular one. Lava rocks are another good option that are less expensive, and easier to use than fireglass. It is also one of the go-to options for DIY gas fire pits. To learn how to arrange lava rocks on a gas fire pit, we’ll look at how the stones are used, the pros and cons, how to care for them, and what some of the different options are.

Lava rocks have many uses and meanings throughout different cultures around the world. The lava rock can be used as a decorative fire pit component that is able to be used in many different ways. Lava rocks can simulate different types of fire glass by adding different coatings to the rocks. When fireglass is not an option, lava rocks make a great replacement. We’ll look at the different applications, options, and how to clean and care for your lava rock for your gas fire pit.

Tumbled Lava Rock

V.s. Unwashed Lava Rock

The first misconception that many consumers may have is that the prices of tumbled lava rock and unwashed lava rock are the same.

They are in fact not the same. The price you pay will depend on the characteristics of the rock and the amount of work needed to package and sell it. The grading process is also different.

Tumbled lava rock or pebble is a product that has been re-shaped, sifted and polished by machines. The material used in this grade of lava rock is crushed lava rock.

This is the most cost-effective type of material but it does not necessarily mean it is the cheapest. It is in fact the most affordable. It has already gone through a rigorous washing process, which removes certain impurities.

It also does not have the same appeal as unwashed lava rock. However this process will reduce the toxic texture or odor, of the rocks to a great extent.

Unwashed lava rock is loose lava rock which is left unwashed. It will include a variety of sizes and shapes, which are naturally tumbled by the underwater current. People can purchase this rock directly from a supplier or they can choose to have these rocks washed. It is possible to wash the lava rock in order to reduce the texture or odor of the rocks.


  • Sand
  • Lava rocks
  • A brush
  • A hammock
  • A gas fire pit and cover
  • Glass from broken bottles
  • Water
  • Strength to lift the rocks

Step 1:Take the sand and the brush and start clearing the top of the stones and the sand that is present.

Step 2:Place the lava rocks on the middle of the sand, just like it is shown in the photo and make sure that all the rocks are perfectly glued to each other.

Step 3:Then, put the glass pieces and glass cover on the top of the rocks. The glass pieces will break in different sizes and that is what you want when putting them on the fire pit.

Step 4:Next, create a home for baby by hanging up the hammock in the corner of the house. That will sure keep you both occupied.

Step 5:Fill the buckets of water and place them near the fire pit. Take the fire pit and cover and give them a good wash.

Step 6:Dump the water from your buckets into the fire pit to fill it up.

Step 7:Wait for your guests to show up and you can all have a nice fire with each other and tell stories.


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Firepit Safety

A gas fire pit can be a simple, inexpensive way to enjoy a fire without the mess and long time spent tending to an open fire. The trouble is that, left unchecked, gas fire pits can get a little too hot. And since gas fire pits are not always as well-manned as a wood burning fireplace, you should keep some things in mind to make them as safe as possible.

Sentinels: Always use a sentinel to keep the fire under control. Sentinels are safety devices that work as a fireproof barrier to gas fire pits, and it's a smart idea to install one around your pit. This is especially important for homes with young children