October 28 2020
Burning Hot Comfort

Burning Hot Comfort: The Top 4 Types of Fire Pits (and the Benefits of Each)

Around 70% of homeowners agree that a big backyard is the most important aspect of their outdoor living space.

Of course, if you live in a place where it’s cold several months out of the year – like here in New Jersey – you might feel like investing in an outdoor space isn’t a good use of time or money.

Think again! Adding a fire pit to your backyard can help you enjoy the space even when it’s chilly.

But, what are the different types of fire pits and how do you choose the best one for your space?

This guide is here to help. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of the best types of fire pits on the market.

1. Gel Fuel Fire Pits

One popular type of fire pit is one that is gel fueled. As its name suggests, it uses a clean gel fuel to produce the fire, giving you nice lighting in your backyard.

Design Options
If you don’t have a large backyard, you can choose a tabletop gel fuel fire pit. This takes up very little space and you can move it around easily, taking it to other parts of the yard or even bringing it inside.

However, if you dream of a big fire pit your whole family can gather around, that’s possible too. You can use gel fuel logs in just about any fire pit, so there are no limitations to the design.

Pros
Gel fuel fire pits are popular because they are clean burning and they don’t produce smoke or unpleasant scents. If you’re sensitive to smells or smoke, this could be a great option for you.

Cons
Compared to other types of fire pits, gel fuel options don’t put off as much heat. So, if your main motivation is to make your space warmer in the cooler months, this option might not work for you.

Additionally, gel fuel can sometimes be hard to find in stores, meaning you might have to order it online.

2. Natural Gas Fire Pits

If you want to make an investment in your backyard, not only for your own enjoyment but for potential resale value, consider installing a permanent fire pit. A natural gas fire pit is one such option.

Design Options
You’ll need a natural gas line in your backyard to install this type of fire pit. Since it’s a permanent fixture, you can choose a sunken option, which is built directly into the ground.

Or, you can build a table-top design that complements the rest of your home’s design with stone or brick. Just make sure you choose a timeless look that will age well.

Pros
One of the biggest perks of a natural gas fire pit is that you’ll never have to worry about running out of fuel. And, it’s fairly inexpensive to operate, thanks to the low cost of natural gas.

Cons
While running the fire pit is inexpensive, it can be expensive to initially get the natural gas line installed. And, if you decide to move, you can’t bring your fire pit with you. Keep that in mind if you only plan to stay in your home for a few years.

3. Propane Fire Pits

If you’re looking for convenience when it comes to your outdoor space, you might enjoy a propane fire pit. They are a low maintenance option, and they come in a variety of options.

Design Option
You can purchase portable propane fire pits that are easy to move around your yard, as much as you desire. This is great if you want to get a fire pit immediately, but you’re still finalizing the design of your yard.

Many propane fire pits sit within a table, helping you to maximize your backyard space with extra places to set drinks or food while entertaining.

Pros
Propane is easy to find, available at most grocery stores or gas stations. So, you’ll never have to worry about being able to use your fire pit. It also produces a nice, high-quality flame that puts off good heat.

Cons
The biggest downside to a propane fire pit is that you might run out of propane without warning. This can be disappointing, especially if you’re in the middle of hosting an event when it runs out.
However, if you keep a spare tank on hand, you won’t have to worry about it.

4. Wood-Burning Fire Pit

If you love the sound of a crackling fire, then a wood-burning fire pit is the best option for you. These fire pits use real wood to produce a nice, warm fire with the perfect amount of cozy ambiance.

Design Options
You can easily build your own wood-burning fire pit using stones or bricks to create a design. Once the foundation is built, you fill it with wood, light it, and you’re good to go.

You can also purchase a wood-burning fire pit, that has the look of an outdoor fireplace to give your yard a cozy glow.

Pros
There’s no other fire pit option that can give you the sound of crackling wood. It also produces the classic smoky scent of a fire, which can contribute to the overall ambiance of your yard.

Cons
Wood-burning fire pits require more maintenance than the other options. You’ll need to make sure you have the wood on hand – either wood you’ve chopped yourself or from a store. You’ll also need to keep the fire pit covered, so it stays dry during rainy days.

Use These Types of Fire Pits to Enhance Your Yard

Now that you know more about the different types of fire pits, which one will you choose? Adding a functional warming element like this to your backyard can give you more opportunities for entertaining, well into the fall and winter months.

Looking for more ways to enhance your outdoor space? Our landscaping services can turn your backyard dreams into reality. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.