The backyard has a new companion: the propane fire pit. These lovely fire pits invite owners and guests to gather round the fire as they share the making of memories in a multitude of climates. Be it a spring evening or the heart of winter, fire pits offer the best of entertainment while still managing to be part of the background and decor of the backyard they grace. The fire pits themselves offer a spectacular dazzle for the backyard that rivals any interior home improvement project for exquisite design and the wow factor. Friends and family gather round for campfires, grilling, or just to kick back and relax around a beautifully decorated fire that features lava rock for its secret ambiance.
Propane fire pits do, of course, come in a variety of sizes and styles. They can be installed professionally or built with labor and love from a do-it-yourselfer. There are safety precautions that must be taken, though, before installing a pit into any space. Since the flame is real and not created through artificial means, care must be taken in placement to avoid hazardous fires. In addition, it is not recommended that children be around the fire pit without proper supervision. Also, no flammable materials should be stored within 3 to 5 feet to avoid an accidental fire hazard. Some styles of the propane fire pit include brick, copper, and stone. A few fire pits can take natural gas or propane as a fuel source and others are propane only. The advantage of a fire pit is its versatility. Propane fire pits can be used for a source of heat on a chilly night in the backyard, for cooking, or for roasting toasty marshmallows. The pit is also ash less since the flame is actually from propane and does not burn wood to create flames. The fire pits can also be customized with lava rock in multiple colors. In addition, propane is cheaper than wood, so the cost of fuel is lower than with a wood burning design. Air pollution is also less than in wood burning fire pits since propane burns cleaner than traditional fuels. Lighting the stove is also easy since it only takes a properly hooked up propane tank. Owners only have to set it to ignition to see their fire pit come alive.
Before purchasing a propane fire pit, it is advisable to do a little research. They are not all created equally, no matter what a dealer might say. The chosen fire pit should come with UL endorsement. It should work as expected to work, and that is what a UL endorsement means. The product is tested to ensure that it does what is says it will do, in this case, create a fire fueled by propane that is safe based on the features of the fire pit.
Efficiency should also be on the list of desired features. If a fire pit is efficient, the result is less costs in fuel consumption, which means a significant savings for the proud owner of the pit. One should choose a fire pit with higher ratings than comparable brands with lower ratings. The general rule of thumb is that the higher rated fire pits are more compatible with higher energy efficiency.
Cooking on a propane fire pit is definitely safer than on a wood burning pit since wood often comes from a source that has seen the use of pesticides that can be passed onto that hotdog. Propane fire pits are smokeless, too, meaning no dried out eyes or sudden lung malfunction if you get a good whiff of wood smoke. The lack of ash makes propane fire pits a great choice, even in times of restrictions on open fires as they are usually exempt from fire bans.
Another way to ensure cost efficiency is to buy a pit that has variable speeds and temperature controls. A cool summer night will need less heat to enjoy the ambiance of a fire pit than a crisp autumn morn.
Propane fire pits are environmentally friendly as well. They make a great way to go green since no trees are used; no smoke is released into the atmosphere, basically reducing the carbon footprint created. As these pits are regulated in temperature, it also makes them the most comfortable fire to be around. If it’s too hot, lower the temperature; if it’s too cool, raise the temperature.
When compared to similar wood fire pits, there really isn’t a contest. Propane fire pits are a better fit economically, environmentally, and aesthetically. While they must be monitored as any fire would have to be, they offer the most advantageous method of enjoying an open fire without having to deal with smoke, pesticides, and the smell a wood fire imparts to everything it is near.