There is something extremely appealing about it: gazing into the flames of an outdoor fire with family members and close friends. It’s fun and relaxing and even therapeutic. There are a lot of gas fire pits options today. Making a purchase decision can be rather confusing. So how do I determine what’s right for me? What features should I look for? Are accessories important? Who will service it if something goes wrong? If you’re thinking about how to enjoy a new gas fire pit this season, the process begins right now!
CONSIDER THE ADVANTAGES OF A GAS FIRE PIT:
All those advantages that apply to your gas fireplace are true for an outdoor gas fire pit, too. And, at the top of that list: convenience. No more wood to cut and keep dry. No more mess and ashes to deal with. No more wadded up newspapers and splitting kindling. Tired of it taking an hour or more to get a good bed of coals and flames established? With gas, grab your favorite beverage and simply push the ignition button or use the remote control, and then relax! The fire is easy to get going and the flame height is easily adjusted.
Another huge advantage is the flexibility of gas fire pits. Buy a fully assembled, packaged kit. They come in dozens of different shapes, sizes and finishes. Maybe an outdoor dining or cocktail table would suit your style. Perhaps columns or torches to light your way?
See how unique and easily customized a gas fire pit can be. Fire pit burners can be round, rectangular, square or linear in shape. Use logs, fire glass or stones to create a unique experience for your family and friends. No pond or pool in your yard? No problem! A combination water and fire feature is truly stunning and will be the talk of the neighborhood!
FRIENDLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Natural or LP gas produces flames that are extremely clean burning. With a gas fire pit, there’s no soot, ashes or harmful by-products to be concerned about. And no more constant chair re-positioning to get away from that annoying smoke that seems to follow you!
WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS?
Determine where the fire pit will be located. Keep in mind some manufacturers have approved their products for installation on a wooden deck. Some have not. Make sure you check. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to keep a fire pit at least 15 – 20 feet from the house, garage, shop, etc.
Are you going to use natural or LP gas? With natural gas, a line from the house or meter connection will need to be permanently plumbed to the site by a professional. You will not have to worry about running out of gas by connecting to natural gas supply. Permanent, built-in fire pits often use natural gas.
By comparison, an LP gas fire pit can be easily moved and relocated depending on the layout of your property, the time of the year, special events, etc. A 20 pound LP tank is typically hidden within the base of the unit. Just remember to check its weight periodically! You don’t want to run out before the s’mores or entertaining is done!
STYLE & OPTIONS
Bowls and tables are probably the most popular styles of fire pits. Bowls can be round or oval, square or linear, from 18” to 60” in diameter, or more. Finishes include copper, stainless steel and cast aluminum. Or give it a custom look to compliment your outdoor décor. There are easy to use ignition systems and room to hide an LP tank.
Fire pit tables are popular because it provides space for snacks and drinks. Again, lots of sizes and shapes to consider. Functional designs always add a touch of comfort and class to your entertaining.
Once you’ve decided on a style, you can choose from several colors of fire glass and/or rocks. Colors that will astound your guests. Or, choose from pebbles, logs, lava rock and more.
Portable fire pits and fire tables can be easily moved and stored during the winter.
CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS
Be sure to check local codes and ordinances regarding the installation details of any fire pit. Requirements may have a direct bearing on the type and style fire pit you select.
WHAT ABOUT THE COST?
This depends entirely on your budget. The location and materials used will certainly have a bearing on the final cost. But many fire pits are easy on the pocket book. A portable model is easy to move around wherever the crowd gathers. Portable models will start in the $300.00 range and go up from there. And generally speaking, fire tables will cost $1200.00 and up.
The price for a custom built, permanent fire feature can be several thousand dollars. But, consider the flexibility of different sizes of inserts, burners and rings, flame control systems and finished with customized stone. Your outdoor living area will be so inviting and comfortable!
JUST RELAX AND ENJOY . . . .
Today’s backyard fire pits could be considered functional pieces of outdoor furniture. It will be the main feature of your gathering place where you will enjoy time together with those you care about. So, be prepared for lots of new memories. Your new outdoor entertainment area will be an extension of your lifestyle and the focal point of your outdoor living room.