Fire pits are a type of outdoor fireplace that create a great natural aesthetic, and are perfect for spending nights by no matter the season. They are a great source of heat, and add a certain rustic atmosphere to any outdoor gathering. However, there are many different types of fire pits available, each of which uses a different fuel source and thus possesses a distinct set of advantages and considerations. Understanding what each of the main types of fire pits has to offer can help you decide which one best fits your needs.
Wood Fire Pits
Wood fire pits are the classic outdoor fireplace. They provide the smell of burning wood, and can be used for both cooking and a heat source. However, the aesthetic is the only real draw of a wood burning fire pit. They have to have a fairly large store of wood, which must be kept in a dry place and away from insects. Not only does this represent a huge commitment of space, it also means much more maintenance and long run costs, as wood has to either be purchased or chopped for use in the fire pit.
Natural Gas Fire Pits
Natural gas fire pits are designed with a fuel line feeding directly into them, which means that they do not have the same fuel considerations and maintenance as wood fire pits. This also means that your fire pit will never run out of fuel or go out, no matter the season. Additionally, the fire can be easily controlled, allowing you to customize the amount of heat that you want to a much greater degree. It also means that the fire can be turned off as soon as you're done, reducing the risk of accidental fires. However, installing a natural gas line if one does not already exist can be expensive.
Gel Fuel Fire Pits
A fairly new fuel source, gel fuel fire pits make use of a clean burning synthetic gel as a fuel source. This provides a clean burning fire that does not produce smoke or any other emissions, ideal for those with respiratory diseases or allergies. However, it should be noted that the gel used for this type of fire pit also does not give off a great deal of heat, which means that it is more for the aesthetic than the practical benefits. This makes gel fuel fire pits a poor choice if you want to use your fire pit all year round.
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