Below, you can access a brief description of each element for a basic understanding of the parts of a hot air balloon.
BASKET: The basket is the most important part of the hot air balloon. It is used for stranding of passengers during flight. There are different type of baskets used in the hot air ballooning.
Burner: It is the most vital element of the hot air balloon. It is attached to the basket, and uses propane gas tanks to propel heat into the envelope. The burner outputs vary on the basis of the size of the envelope and the amount of heat needed to achieve lift-off. During flight, the pilot is the only person who has been authorized to operate the burner during flight. Notably, large balloons may have multiple burners to achieve faster response for heating the balloon. The main purpose of the burner is to provide heat to the balloon.
ENVELOPE: The envelope, the actual balloon which is used in hot air ballooning. The modern hot air balloons are made of materials including rip stop nylon or Dacron (a polyester). The gores expand at the top and taper at the bottom as it gets closer to the basket. This shape helps keep the hot air in the balloon.