How to Install a Remote Control Ignition System

Installing a remote control system on your fire pit or bowl

A Remote Control Ignition System (RC module) is part of many fire pit and bowl kits we sell on our sites. This unit is responsible for controlling the flow of gas through the valve, initiating a pilot flame/ignitor, and causing the gas to ignite. This unit has the ability to be controlled via a remote system such as a pool controller. Below are the steps to install a remote control module into your fire pit or bowl. If you need any further help you can contact us via email at [email protected], by phone at (888) 986-1535, or via Live Chat.


Gas Appliance Warnings

WARNING - Before making gas connections ensure appliance being installed is compatible with the available gas type.
WARNING - Proper Input Pressures are required for optimum appliance performance. Gas line sizing requirements need to be made following NFPA51.
WARNING - Installation must conform with local codes or, in the absence of local codes, with the National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1.
WARNING - The appliance, when installed, must be electrically grounded in accordance with local codes or, in the absence of local codes, with the National Electric Code, ANSI/NFPA 70. (If applicable)
WARNING - Installation should be done by a qualified installer approved and/or licensed as required by the locality. Listed manual gas shutoff device must be installed prior to the location of the appliance.
WARNING - Over or under tightening gas supply lines may cause leaks. Always make sure your gas lines are tight, but not so tight that fittings are going past the threads.
WARNING - If the information in these instructions is not followed exactly, a fire may result causing property damage, personal injury or death.
WARNING - Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors or liquids in the vicinity of this appliance.
WARNING - Improper installation, adjustment, alteration, service or maintenance can cause injury or property damage. Read the installation, operating and maintenance instructions thoroughly before installing or servicing this equipment.

Inspect the Appliance and Components

  • Do NOT install damaged components
  • Do NOT install incomplete components
  • Do NOT install substitute components

Checking for gas leaks

  • Check all fittings and connections
  • Do not use open flame to check for leaks
  • Check for leaks with a commercially available, non-corrosive leak check solution

What to do if you smell gas

  • Do not try to light any appliance.
  • Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building.
  • Immediately call your gas supplier. Follow the gas supplier's instructions.
  • If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.
  • Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier.


System Components Overview

Below is a general overview of how to rough in a remote control module, the gas line, drainage, and wiring. Please note that drainage is essential. Without proper drainage, the system could fill with water and damage the unit.

Installing Fire Ignition Systems

Installing Fire Ignition Systems


Gas Requirements

Please note, a small amount of air will be in the gas supply lines. When first lighting appliance it will take a short time for air to purge from lines. Subsequent lighting of the appliance will not require such purging.

  • Gas Pressure: 1/2 psi (14" W.C.) maximum.
  • Drain hole in bowl. You need either (1) drain hole 1/2" in diameter or (2) drain holes 1/4" in diameter. Without proper drainage the bowl could fill up with water and damage the remote control module.


Electrical Requirements

One dedicated 24 volt/75 VA transformer is required to power one RC fire module. The 24 volt transformer supplied is to be located in a remote location away from the fire feature in an approved weatherproof electrical junction box and installed in accordance with local codes. It is recommended you have one dedicated wire run (2 wires) from each transformer to each fire feature. Daisy chaining of the wire can be accomplished if you use a minimum of 12 gauge wire to prevent voltage drop. When daisy chaining the wire from the transformers to the first fire feature, and then on to the remaining features, you must wire the transformers in parallel with one another to the wire leading to the fire features. here are numerous electrical devices that can be used to turn the fire feature on and off. Devices such as wall switches and remote control devices that are used should be UL listed and approved devices for turning high voltage (110 v electrical power) on and off. This high voltage electrical power shall be connected to the supplied 24 volt AC transformer by a qualified electrical installer.

  • Wire Length < 100' : 14 ga
  • Wire Length > 100' : 12 ga


Install Supply Lines

  • Prepare the gas and electrical lines and mount them in a manner where the module can be attached.

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Install Remote Control Module

  • Apply pipe compound suitable for natural or propane gas to 1/2" nipple in bottom of bowl.
  • Thread remote control module onto pipe nipple by turning clockwise until tight.

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Make Electrical Connections

  • Connect the wires from the remote control module to the two low voltage wires coming from the conduit (polarity does not matter) and secure using the wire nuts provided.

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Install Pipe Nipple Into RC Module

  • The length of the pipe nipple that threads into the top of the remote control module is determined by the desired height for the fire ring in the bowl. This is a decision specific to each fire feature which is why one was not included in your kit.
  • Apply pipe compound suitable for gas to the pipe nipple and install in the top of the remote control module until tight.

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Install Spacer

  • Install the spacer that came in your kit by simply sliding it over the pipe nipple installed in the previous step.

Installing Fire Ignition Systems

Install Heat Shield

  • Install the heat shield that came in your kit by simply sliding the center hole over the 1/2" pipe nipple in the top of the remote control module.

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Install Fire Ring

  • Install Fire Ring (HOLES FACING UPWARD) and position Pilot Burner Assembly.
  • Add filler and topping material to your fire feature as desired following the "Recommended List" of filler/topping materials below.

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Position The Pilot Burner

  • Gently maneuver the Pilot Burner (so as not to kink the silver pilot tubing) so that it is at a slight angle and level with the fire ring/burner bar as shown in the drawing below.

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Acceptable Media for Fire Features

WARNING - Do not use any other material as filler/topping media inside fire features other than those listed below. Using improper media inside a fire feature could result in damage to property or injury to persons nearby due to media 'popping' or 'exploding' due to heat.

These are the recommended filler materials you can use to fill up air space that is AT LEAST 2" BELOW the fire ring:

  • Gravel or Large Rocks
  • Landscape Lava Rock

These are the recommended filler/topping materials WITHIN 2" BELOW OR ABOVE the fire ring:

  • Lava Rock
  • Fireglass

Installation Note - The use of media inside fire features is recommended due to the fact it enhances the look of the fire feature but also improves its performance by forcing the gas emanating from the burner element to mix as it passes through the media. This 'mixing' of gases creates an even flame throughout the feature and helps spread the flame from the Pilot Burner throughout the burner element quicker than when there is no media. Recommended thickness of the media above the burner element is NO MORE than 2". Due to the fact the Pilot Burner must be partially exposed to oxygen in order to ignite the pilot flame during start up DO NOT COMPLETELY COVER THE PILOT BURNER. When installation of the media is complete the top of the Pilot Burner Protective Cover should be visible.

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Installing Fire Ignition Systems

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