When choosing a fire pit for your backyard it’s important to do your due diligence and understand the differences between a wood fire pit and a gas fire one. While there are many factors that should influence your decision, we have found that gas fire pits are overall cleaner, easier to maintain, and most importantly – safer.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution, a do-it-yourself wood fire pit can be made from most soft ground by simply digging a deep hole, placing pieces of chopped and dried firewood, adding some lighter fluid and lighting a match. A better option than this would be to purchase a wood fire pit bowl for a more sophisticated fire experience, but while these solutions allow you to create a fire quickly and without much planning, there are numerous health and safety risks you’ll assume with a wood fire. Wood fire pits are also less customizable and aesthetically pleasing than their gas fire counterparts.
First and foremost, any wood fire pit has the potential to burn out of control and cause a huge risk to your fire safety. Burning wood creates embers that can float away from your fire pit. Embers landing on your skin can cause painful burns, potentially even leaving scars. They can also float away onto combustible material and quickly spread the fire from your contained wood fire pit to a larger and unmanageable area that quickly gets out of control. Wood fires also create billows of smoke that can sting your eyes, and the ever-shifting wind guarantees that no seat is safe from this smoke.
If you do, however, decide that a wood fire pit is best for your needs, make sure that it’s made from a high-quality metal such as copper or bronze. Many models even come standard with a spark screen to prevent flying embers, which is a no-brainer when it comes to safety.
If you’ve done the research and are ready to make a commitment to this exciting purchase, you’re sure to agree that a gas fire pit is worth the investment. There are so many added benefits with this type of fire pit that you just can’t find with a wood one.
The best part of gas fire pits is that many offer you the option of using natural gas, which gives a 99% clean burn.
Gas fire pits offer a clean and effective way to enjoy the warmth and beauty of fire without any of the health or safety hazards of a traditional wood fire. No need to fear flying embers or burnt pieces of wood. Another feature you’ll only get with a gas fire pit is the high-to-low control knob conveniently placed on the side. This allows you to control the heat output, ensuring that your fire is always 100% perfect for you and your family.
When you’re evening has ended and its time to go to sleep, simply turn the control knob all the way down to immediately shut off the flames. No more hauling heavy water buckets to extinguish the flames! Your fire can now be shut off with the simple touch of a button.
Another added bonus of a gas fire pit is that it doubles as a beautiful piece of art when not being used. An idle gas fire pit brings class and sophistication to any space, and offers a unique way to customize your home. We offer a variety of options for all styles and tastes, including large stones and mosaic patterns. Oriflame fire tables even let you completely customize the design, from shape to color to stones!