LP gas insert to be used as log lighter in fire pit. Is it legal?

buzz2March 14, 2013


I am going to have a wood-burning fire pit when they install my paver patio next month. I thought I would like to have a log lighter, which I could fuel with liquid propane that I already have on site.

However, after researching it, it seems that log lighters are/may be illegal here in Massachusetts, I believe because they don't have a pilot light and there is potential for explosion if there is a leak.

First, is it true that log lighters are illegal in Massachusetts, if anyone out there can confirm?

Second, and more importantly, assuming log lighters are illegal, could I have a LP gas insert (like that used for a true LP gas firepit) installed in the fire pit and used as a log lighter? I presume that LP gas firepits are legal, whereas log lighters are not, because the LP gas inserts have a pilot light. Is this correct?

Thank you.

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I would think that the log lighter could be used in an outdoor fire pit, just not in an indoor application. After all, how would it be more hazardous than a LP fired grill?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 10:40AM
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Ask your AHJ.

Rules in MA are set by the towns and are all over the place.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 1:01PM
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