The answer is simple: it depends! Gas fire features come with many pros that make them a favorite among homeowners for permanent installs. Propane is efficient, powerful, and portable, making it a desirable choice in many situations. Lifestyle, habits, and preferences are also significant factors in choosing which type of fuel to use. This article will dive into the benefits of each and help you pick the perfect fuel type for your new backyard feature.
Natural gas is the most popular type of fire pit for permanent installs because it requires the least amount of maintenance. Since it requires an installed gas line, natural gas fire pits have a constant fuel source that doesn't need refilling. Natural gas is also cheaper than propane, which means your fire pit can keep you toasty without breaking the bank.
Each fuel has its advantages over its wood-burning counterparts. Both burn clean with virtually no smoke or fumes, creating a cozy, distraction-free environment for conversation and cuddling. Additionally, the overall function and burner mechanisms of natural gas and propane fire pits are very similar, making them available in many styles, colors, and options, and requiring minimal maintenance or cleanup.
ere are only a couple of drawbacks to using natural gas that is a result of it being a permanent solution:
Propane fire pits operate and perform very similarly to natural gas but still have several advantages. First and foremost, propane is primarily delivered by portable tanks making it easy to move and transport propane fire features. Whether you want to use a different location in your backyard or take your fire pit on the road with your RV, portable propane tanks make it easy to relocate. Propane's portability also makes it easy to install. Just connect the tank, check for leaks, and turn it on to enjoy the sweet ambiance of evening meals by the fire.
Like natural gas, propane fire features burn clean with no smoke, fumes, or ash that are common from solid fuels. To help with the aesthetic, most propane fire pits have a spot inside for the propane tank to keep things orderly and clean. In models that cannot hold a propane tank, side table enclosures can be purchased to hide the tank and match the design of the outdoor living area.
The primary disadvantages of outdoor propane fireplaces and fire features are:
Deciding which type of fire pit is better for your family largely depends on how you intend to use it. For permanent installs and built-in outdoor seating areas, a natural gas fire feature professionally installed is ideal. Conversely, if portability is essential or a professional installation is not feasible, a custom propane fire pit will be the better fit.
At Firegear, all of our outdoor fire feature products can be configured to use natural gas or liquid propane. With either option, you can create the inviting and intimate outdoor experience of your dreams to enjoy year-round that matches your lifestyle and preference.