Few things bring a greater sense of peace and nostalgia than sitting around a campfire with family and friends. You can bring that same nostalgia into your backyard sanctuary by installing a fire pit. There are lots of different options to choose from when it comes to fire pits, but they come in two basic classifications: wood pits and gas pits. Which one is best for your backyard? Let's consider the pros and cons of each.
A wood fire pit uses wood for fuel, just like a fireplace or a campfire.
- The realistic feel of a campfire with a bigger and brighter flame.
- Wood pits put out a lot more heat.
- You get the realistic sounds of roaring flames and popping embers.
- There is nothing like the scent produced by burning wood.
- A wood fueled fire pit allows you to cook over it.
- Wood pits tend to have a lower initial cost and can cost less to enjoy in areas where wood is abundant.
- You can educate your kids how to build a campfire and about fire safety.
- You have to cut and split wood for your pit.
- Those who have allergies or respiratory issues might suffer from smoke, which may have an unpleasant odor.
- Charcoal and ashes have to be cleaned out and disposed of frequently.
A gas pit uses LP (propane) or piped natural gas as fuel and includes lava rock, ceramic logs or glass.
- There is no smoke to deal with.
- You don't have to worry about finding and splitting wood.
- There is little to no cleanup involved.
- You have the option of a more modern and more decorative look.
- You can use a wider variety of heat mediums including: glass, lava, ceramic coals or ceramic logs.
- Gas pits are much quicker and easier to get started.
- A wider variety of heights, shapes and design options are available.
- They are safer to use, because you have more control over the flame and you don't have to worry about sparks and embers popping out of the fire.
- They are not as realistic when it comes to sound and scent.
- There is no big, bright, roaring flame putting out lots of heat.
- Paying for the gas can be more expensive than using wood if wood is abundant in your area.
- The initial cost of a gas fire pit is usually higher than a wood fire pit.
- You have to conceal the fuel tank.
- Burner cleaning and replacing the heating medium are added maintenance issues.
Whether a wood pit or a gas pit has more appeal to you and your family, it is a great addition to include in your backyard sanctuary where you can enjoy the warmth of a fire with family and friends. Contact Walden to brighten up your backyard, and don't forget to check out our fire starters. All you need is one to light up a whole wood fire.