Choosing the right fire pit for your patio

Choosing the Right Fire Pit for Your Patio

01/06/2022|by Jason Klein

Choosing the right fire pit for your patio can be a tough decision. You want to make sure that you choose something that will last, is easy to maintain, and provide a go od ambiance. Gas fire pits are an excellent choice because they give the best of both worlds - natural gas or propane burners produce realistic flames without any smoke or soot. Plus, no need to worry about how much wood you have left! 

In this blog post, we'll go over how you should utilize gas fire pits in outdoor environments and how you should pick the best one for your needs.

How to Choose a Fire Pit

When choosing the right fire pit, there are a few factors to consider.

1. How will you be using it?

Are you just looking for ambiance, or do you want warm heat to gather around as well? Will children and pets be around it often? 

If you are mainly looking for ambiance, a simple bowl or ring-style fire pit may be all you need. If you want to use it for warmth as well, make sure to get something with a good height, and that is made of durable materials. Many gas fire pits come with covers to protect them from the weather when not in use. 

2. What style should you choose? 

There are a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any patio. These are some of the most popular profiles:

  • Round - Most versatile, can fit in any space. 
  • Square or Rectangular - Best for modern patios and porches that have straight lines.
  • L-Shape - Perfect for more extensive patios and custom accents
  • Natural Stone or Brick - Looks like it belongs in your backyard and can be very decorative. 

Remember to measure the space you have before purchasing a fire pit! A good rule of thumb is to reserve 36 inches around the appliance so people don't feel too close to the flames. 

3. How large do you want it to be? 

The size of your fire feature will depend on the size of your patio and how many people you plan on accommodating around the fire pit. The  Sanctuary 2 Fire Furnishing   from Firegear is 39 inches in diameter, large enough for several people to sit around at once. In comparison, the smaller Sanctuary 3 Fire Furnishing is more quaint for a family of three to five people.

Remember, a larger pit will require more gas or propane to fuel it and more fire media to decorate it. 

4. What material should it be made out of? 

Cast iron and copper are popular choices but heavy, making stainless steel a common material for this purpose.

The best fire pit should have a sturdy base that will not be easily damaged by weather or rot. You'll also want to make sure that the burner is made of a durable material like stainless steel to handle high temperatures without cracking or melting away at all. The type of burner you choose will determine how much heat is produced, how long it can run, and the heat distribution uniformity. 

Gas Fire Pits are the Best Choice for Patios

If you want to enjoy the ambiance and warmth of a fire pit without having to deal with chopping wood every other day, then it's time for you to look into how gas fire pits can benefit your patio. Gas burners provide realistic flames that are easy on the eyes and do not produce any smoke or soot, like traditional fires. Gas fire pits are also cool to touch and do not require much assembly if any. 

Since most patios are covered, and most decks are made of wood or composite material, gas fire pits are preferred over wood-burning since they don't produce embers. Even though gas fire features burn very hot, they are designed to dissipate heat, so they don't overheat and melt the flooring material. 

With the Firegear fire features, you can create an intimate gathering place on your patio or deck that will be the envy of all your guests. 

How Gas Fire Pits Should Be Utilized in Outdoor Environments

It is essential to know how not to use your fire pit to function appropriately and safely. When positioning your fire pit, it is best to have it on a flat surface so that the burner is stable and even. You should also avoid using your gas fire pit near any overhanging branches or anything combustible like dry leaves.

Since a gas-fired firepit puts out heat as well as light, be sure to place it in an open space where people will be able to gather around it comfortably. The best placement is generally in the center of a patio.

 The best fire pits should also have a protective screen to help keep in the warmth when not in use or prevent embers from flying out if they ignite. These screens are usually made of mesh metal with holes of around three-quarters of an inch.

Your fire pit should also have weatherproof gas connections that are easy to attach and detach with no hassle or leaks, as well as a regulator if needed for your area's gas pressure restrictions. 

The best fire pits will be the ones that have all these features in one package! Now you're ready to start enjoying your patio even more.

Time to Find Your Fire Pit!

Now you know how to choose the best fire pit for your patio with our helpful guide. We've covered everything from how big of a firepit you should get, how it should be made, and what material will suit you best, as well as how not to use one so that everyone can enjoy the outdoor gas fireplace without any problems! 

If you're looking for a great way to add ambiance and warmth to your outdoor space, there's nothing better than the gas fire furnishings and  Kalea Bay Outdoor Linear Fireplace   from Firegear.  Contact a dealer   to see for yourself!