Who doesn’t love an outdoor fire pit? Particularly after the sun goes down, people are drawn to the ambiance of a glowing fire like bees to honey. Once you decide you want one, you’ll need to learn about the types of fire pits to choose from. The biggest decision is the fuel source: do you want a gas-burning or wood-burning fire? And if you go with gas: would an installed gas line or a fuel tank make more sense?
WOOD BURNING FIRE PITS
Environmental impact of wood-burning fire pits
Burning wood does release emissions into the atmosphere, but you can greatly reduce the amount released by choosing seasoned fire wood. Wood is also technically a renewable resource, which is not true for gas. You should also source salvaged wood for your fire—from trees downed by a storm, for example. Some tree maintenance or landscaping companies will give salvaged wood to homeowners—or look for neighbors giving away wood on Craigslist or Nextdoor.
INSTALLED GAS LINE FIRE PIT
GAS TANK FIRE PIT
Environmental impact of gas-burning fire pits
Gas-burning fire pits are generally more efficient, and release fewer emissions and potentially harmful particles into the atmosphere than an open-air wood-burning fire—but many modern smokeless wood-burning fire pits are designed to burn more efficiently and release fewer emissions via smoke. Neither burning wood nor gas is completely emission-free. If your home’s electricity is not sourced from fossil fuels, the most environmentally-friendly option would be to use an electric patio heater to create warmth in your yard.
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