Gas Fire Pits vs. Wood-Burning Fire Pits

Posted on April 16, 2018


Modern metal bowl fire pit

Image via Curonian

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



Modern chiminea fire pit in back yard

PROS

It’s real fire. If you like to camp and get all the feels sitting around a burning fire roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, this might be the way to go

Image via Terrain



Roaring fire in modern bowl fire pit near pool

CONS

The smell. And the smoke. And you, of course, need to have wood on hand.

Image via Terrain


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Hassle free and smokeless, create the ultimate backyard fire pit experience with this stainless steel firepit and accessories bundle. Featuring Solo Stove’s Signature 360° Airflow Design™, this 27” wood burning fire pit will give you a smoke free, roaring fire in minutes.

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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



Modern gas line fire pit in back yard

PROS

Fire at the push of a button? Sign us up. Also, no smoke or smells. Image via Checkatrade



CONS

More costly to run a gas line. Yardzen customers on average pay $1,000 to run the line, depending on how close the fire pit is to gas. Image via Wayfair


YARDZEN’S PICK


RH’s Yountville Rectangular Fire Table

Pairing minimalist geometry with rustic, hand-hewn texture, the Yountville gas fire pit table offers a bold, elemental presence outdoors. Masterfully crafted of concrete composite for the look of weathered stone with natural lava rock, it is a durable, lighter-weight alternative to pure concrete or stone, and is rated at 65,000 BTUs.

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GAS TANK FIRE PIT



Gas tank fire pit

PRO

Less expensive than running a gas line. Lets you try out a gas fire pit for less upfront investment. And if you decide you want to run the line later, there’s always the option to hire a plumber to convert your set up. Image via Wayfair



Modern propane fire pit

CON

Depending on just how much you enjoy sitting by the fire pit, you may be running to the hardware store often to refill your natural gas or propane tank. Image via Pottery Barn


YARDZEN’S PICK


Williams Sonoma Home’s EcoSmart Fire Table Ark 40

Masterfully crafted from composite concrete, the Ark 40 operates with three fuel-type options: plumbed natural gas and liquid propane for outdoor use, or eco-friendly bioethanol for indoor/outdoor use.

The round fire table yields a clean-burning flame and ample surface space for holding glassware and appetizers, the modern fire table creates an inviting space for relaxation.

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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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