The Benefits of a Gas Fire Pit
A gas fire pit makes an excellent addition to almost any home for a variety of reasons. They can beautify your space, create the perfect gathering spot, and can even increase your home value.
Five Reasons a Gas Fire Pit is Right for You
1. Easy to Use
Many electronic ignition systems can also be used with remote controls, wall switches, or smart home automation systems. This makes them an even more attractive option for those who are looking for ultimate convenience.
A complete fire pit often comes completely assembled, as well, meaning installation may only require hooking the unit up to gas. In many cases, you can use the fire pit the same day it’s delivered assuming all prep work has been completed ahead of time.
2. Highly Customizable
No matter what kind of space you’re looking to update, we’re sure there’s a fire pit (or fire table) that’s perfect for your situation. Shapes, sizes, and burner variety all offer different ways to customize your fire pit to meet the needs of your installation. Add in media options like fire glass and lava rock, and you can truly personalize your design to fit your tastes.
Want to go completely custom? Check out our guide to building a DIY fire pit kit. We cover everything you need to consider from the design stage through installation.
3. Safe to Use
Gas fire pits are a great way to harness the natural beauty of fire in a relatively safe way. Wood fires can quickly get out of control if not properly managed, particularly on dry and windy days. Gas fire pits, on the other hand, often feature integrated safety features like pilot systems, flame sensors, and automatic shutoffs to minimize risk.
For those looking to get the safest experience possible, be sure to check out our timers and remotes, as well. These automatic shutoff options are a great way to ensure the safe use of a gas fire pit and are great options for both residential and commercial properties.
4. Inexpensive to Operate
A gas fire pit is also relatively cheap to operate, particularly when hooked up to a natural gas line. The total operating cost of your fire pit will depend on the exact specifications of your unit, but a natural gas unit will often cost less than $1 per hour to operate.
Using a propane tank instead? While a propane fire pit may cost $1-$2 per hour to operate, a 20-pound propane tank is easy to source for use with a fire pit. Keep in mind, however, that the BTU rating of the 20-pound tank limits your burner options to sizes rated for 125,000 or fewer BTU.
5. Options for Any Budget
Gas fire pits aren’t just for those with deep pockets. We offer pre-built fire pit options to fit nearly any budget. (We also highlight the costs for building your own fire pit in another article).
Here are three great options for three different budget ranges:
- The Economical Option: Napoleon Patioflame Fire Pit with Glass
- The Mid-Range Option: The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Cove Fire Pit
- The Luxury Option: Prism Hardscapes Portos 68 Concrete Fire Pit
Discover Even More Fire Pit Options
We’ve barely scratched the surface on fire pit options for your home. For more information–or inspiration–check out more articles on our Fire Pits Direct blog. We cover everything from the design stage through installation and even offer some troubleshooting tips for common issues.
Need a more personal touch? Contact our fire pit experts by phone or email. Whether you’re a homeowner installing your first fire pit or a contractor who’s completed hundreds of projects, we’ll help you find the right products to meet your needs.