Measure 4" down from top of pit. Fill pit up with pea gravel or sand filler up to 4" mark (from top of fire pit).
Pour fire pit glass crystals on top of filler. Now you can smooth surface flat or use hands to shape and mound glass as desired.
If you would like to add additional colors you may personalize your finished look by sprinkling in some colors of your choice on top.
Your fire pit is now complete! Enjoy!!
When using steel fire pit rings you will need to decide whether to install the gas outlet holes in an upward or downward position. If you speak to the manufacturer they will tell you it doesn't matter. Other people will tell you LP must be installed with the holes pointed in one direction and for Natural Gas the opposite direction. My advice is to point the holes upward.
When pointing the holes up you will be directing the flame to the top surface where you can enjoy it versus pointing the holes down, by doing this you are essentially directing the flame downward - this will heat up the contents in the base of the fire pit as well as the fire pit enclosure itself. Another benefit is Gas Efficiency! By pointing the holes upward you will get a higher flame on a lower gas setting - by directing the flame down you will naturally get a smaller flame and will need to use almost twice as much gas pressure to get a decent flame at the surface since the gas flame is going downward prior to rebounding upward.
The one benefit to pointing the holes upward in theory is this will prevent moisture from entering the holes on the fire ring but considering the fact that the ring will be installed outdoors it is going to be exposed to the outdoor elements including rain, overnight moisture, etc. - Essentially it is going to get wet regardless, this is why stainless steel is the preferred choice for outdoor fire pit rings. The only way to truly prevent moisture from contacting the fire ring is to use a weatherproof cover over the pit which we suggest whenever possible to get the most use out of any fire pit ring.
If you have a large gap between the fire pit ring and the base of your fire pit, your next step is to use a "filler" material between the bottom of your fire pit and the steel fire ring.
Our choice for the best filler is "pea gravel" as this material is non porous and quite inexpensive. Pea Gravel may be purchased at any larger building supply store.
This is the best filler for use underneath the fire ring. We do not suggest using lava rock as a filler as lava rock is very porous, when used under the surface of glass crystals lava rocks may trap gas in the air pockets created by the lava rock underneath the surface which could lead to the gas collecting beneath the surface which could then combust - this concern is eliminated by using pea gravel.
Also we do not suggest using sand as a filler, Sand acts like a sponge to moisture so it will retain water much longer then pea gravel, the moisture will take a toll on your metal fire ring over time and may cause it to rust.
Now that the fire ring is connected and your filler of choice is in place its time to add the final touch with decorative fire pit glass. Pour your fire pit glass crystals over your fire ring and filler - now spread glass evenly until all of your fire ring is covered at least 2 inches deep in glass. Now you can shape however you desire- You can smooth it out for a flat look or build, shape or mound however you desire. We recommend a raised peak look in circular fire pits for the ultimate look and effect.