When trying to decide on the perfect fire pit design, there are a few important decisions you have to make, and one is whether your new outdoor unit will be a gas or a wood burning pit. Both of these options have quite unique benefits, but it can still be quite confusing when attempting to prioritize the benefits and determine which is best suited for your individual needs. With that said, the folks here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes put together this little comparison to help you decide which is better suited for you.
The Cost – One of the most obvious differences between the two is the price. A classic wood burning fire pit is going to cost significantly less than a gas fire pit. In addition, a wood burning pit takes a whole lot less time to install and is more cost effective, especially if you have access to all the wood you want to burn. Though each will have optional fees involved, such as wood restocking costs, or new replacement gas tanks, if you happen to live nearby a wooded area, a wood burning fire pit is the obvious best option for you.
Safety Issues – With a wood burning fire pit you have to be concerned about the smoke and all the ash created which can certainly present with safety hazards, especially during very dry seasons. It is important you give close watch to avoid any risks or dangers that could occur. With a gas pit, there are no real concerns, except, perhaps, gas leaks if your unit is not properly and professionally installed. Otherwise, there are no real safety issues with a gas-powered pit.
Convenience – Once a gas fire pit is properly installed, you will always have easy access to your fires by simply flicking a switch. However, with wood burning pits, they can be a real challenge to start. Gas pits are also easier to maintain with wood burning pits requiring a whole lot of routine cleanup and maintenance. Again, with your gas unit all you need to do is flip a switch to turn your fire off and there is no cleanup or maintenance required. With your wood burning pit there is no flick of a switch, but rather taking necessary steps to ensure that the fire has burned out and will not cause any risks or danger. As far as overall convenience, the gas pit easily takes first place, however, they do not have the same ambiance and nostalgic charm that a wood burning fire pit affords.
Environmental Issues – Gas burns much cleaner than wood does, so the environment is less affected by your newly installed gas pit than it would be by a wood burning pit. However, if you choose to use wood, it is a renewable source where gas is definitely not. So, with regards to the environmental issues, both options would come out with the same ratings.
Though we have put together this helpful comparison for you, the ultimate decision is entirely yours. Both types of fire pits have their own unique benefits which is why you should take a close look at each of their perks and then decide which pit better suits your individual needs and suits your outdoor living space best. Regardless of which option you ultimately choose, rest assured, adding a fire pit to your outdoor living space will not only add comfort to your backyard but also add an aesthetic appeal as well.
If you are looking to add a state of the art, attractive fire pit to your backyard, then surely you have come to the right place. Reach out to the experts here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with appealing, affordable hardscapes that are sure to enhance the look and value of your home.