Many homes now have outdoor kitchens and patio areas, which rival their living rooms, with regard to comfort and elegance. This alfresco trend has made gas fire pits and propane fire pits a focal point to outdoor entertaining. One reason many people prefer gas and propane to traditional wood burning pits is convenience and cleanliness. Both of these styles leave no dirty ashes or charred wood to clean up and they are a breeze to light.
The big difference between a gas fire pit and a propane fire pit is the type of fuel, which is used to ignite them. Propane can be purchased in containers. This type of fuel is a liquid petroleum based fuel, which is heavier than air. Propane is more expensive than natural gas, but it is a good alternative when natural gas is not accessible. Natural gas is available through a city’s natural gas lines. A gas line can easily be attached to a gas fire pit by a contractor. Propane is more flammable than natural gas, but caution needs to be exercised when using either. Make sure that all connections are secure and there is no smell of gas when the fire pit is not in use. Keep at minimum of twenty-four inches between the fire pit, and any surrounding structures, and a distance of at least seven feet clearance above the fire pit. Gas and propane fire pits come in many styles and sizes. Some gas fire pits are made of stone and can be incorporated into hardscape design. Some gas and propane fire pits are augmented with cooking grates and baskets, while others may be used for heat and overall ambiance. There are fire pits with an Asian flare to ones that possess a classical Greek design. Some fire pits are only a simple elegant column, while others are quite spacious, with marble tabletops.
A home deserves the warmth and beauty of a fire pit. There are numerous styles for every outdoor setting and in a variety of price ranges. Imagine how special a gas or propane fire pit will make that next outdoor party.