fire pit Year-round use of your backyard is possible, even when the weather turns chilly. Time with family and friends by a fire pit can create lasting memories, even when your swimming pool is closed for the season.

There’s nothing quite like sitting around a fire, telling stories, or toasting marshmallows (or perhaps toasting with a glass of your favorite beverage). You can create an inviting and cozy space outside by adding a fire pit to your backyard outdoor living area.

There are many types and styles of fire pits. You can choose a gas or propane fire pit, or a classic wood-burning fire pit.

Here are some specifics about the types of fuels used for fire pits:

Gas Firepits

fire pit If you’re after a continuous heat source and prefer a no-mess solution, a gas firepit offers both. Gas fire pits offer ambiance and beauty while providing an instant and controllable flame.

A gas fire pit can be used in locations where other fire pits might not work well, such as near a wooden deck or incorporated with other water features in your pool.

Gas fire pits can be designed to maximize space. They can even be embedded in a piece of furniture.

A gas fire pit more difficult to install. Since gas lines need to be run for the fire pit, professional services are required, which can delay installation. 

Wood-burning Fire Pits

Charming and casual, there’s nothing quite like the rustic aroma and crackling sound of a wood-burning fire pit. If your outdoor experience includes snacking, wood fire pits burn hotter and are better for cooking. They are ideal for making smores and roasting hot dogs and provide a real “campfire” feel.

Wood-burning fire pits are typically cheaper to install. However, wood fire pits can be messy, and require you to spend time ordering, seasoning, storing, and carrying the wood you need. Also due to fire bans, some states do not allow wood fire pits.

Propane Tank Fire Pits

Propane fire pits are convenient and versatile.  This type of fire pit offers the benefits of a gas fire pit, powered by propane tanks. Typically, these tanks weigh about 20 lbs. and are available at hardware stores.

Propane fire pits can be used just about anywhere, even on combustible surfaces like wood decks (check your owner’s manual to verify).  They are also a great solution if you live in an area that doesn’t provide gas or allow wood-burning fire pits.

Propane fire pits are smokeless, so you will avoid getting smoke in the air or in your eyes.

Owning a propane fire pit can become pricy if used frequently, as the cost of replacing or refilling the tank can add up.  A 20 lb. propane tank lasts approximately 4 hours at maximum flame level and approximately 8-9 hours at a moderate gas output.

Gel Fire Pits

gel fire bowl Gel fuels are created by combining isopropyl alcohol or methanol with a thickening agent. This eco-friendly option is often what one finds in fire bowls, embedded into tabletops or other contemporary applications.

A gel fire pit does not provide as much warmth as other types of fire pits. And, canisters need to be replaced frequently, depending on use.

Selecting Fire Pit Materials

Once you’ve determined what kind of fire pit you want, you will have a wide variety of materials available to add esthetic value to your outdoor area. From natural stone to sleek glass, the possibilities are endless! You can start by looking at photos and saving examples you like.

Premier Pools and Spas would be glad to help you build a custom fire pit of your dreams and show you the many options available. Contact Premier today and get started on your new outdoor living space.