Propane fire pits are extremely versatile, and not simply just for looks. The fire pits provide heat and light to any outdoor living area. Propane pits, unlike wood burning ones, are safe to use on wooden decks. The pits can also be used around foliage that might otherwise be susceptible to flames and sparks.
Fire pits come in variety of styles from table sizes to larger ones that can be the centerpiece of outdoor seating areas. The pits consist of a fire ring that is typical covered with lava rock designed to look like charcoal or burnt logs. The flame is visible rising up through the lava rock to provide heat and light.
The fire pit itself is normally a copper or brass colored bowl made of heavy gage metal. Several styles come with granite or marble topped mantles that circle the pit. The style is similar to a coffee table with a pit in the middle. The table surrounding the fire pit can be circular or square. This style is ideal for sitting around the fire because the pit also doubles as a coffee table. The pits can be as simple as a wire frame supporting the fire pit; though decorative, they are less expensive than the marble or granite inlay models.
The Advantages of a Propane Fire Pit
Propane burns clean and smokeless and is ideal for individuals with allergy problems. The flame is easily controlled and contained. There are no sparks so it is quite safe for wooden decks and grassy areas. Propane fuel is a readily available fuel in virtually any locale, and is relatively inexpensive. The framework surrounding the fire pit, unlike wood burning pits, is not damaged by uncontrolled flame or heat. The lava rocks do not pose a fire hazard like real wood or charcoal after the flame is extinguished. Although, the rock will retain heat after the flame is out, it is not considered a fire hazard. There is literally no clean up or maintenance with the fire pit.
The Disadvantages of a Propane Fire Pit
The propane bottle must be connected to the fire ring with a short hose and coupling. The typical propane bottle for a fire pit is the 20-pound variety. Unless the bottle is cleverly disguised, it sits in plain view, because it must be close enough to connect. Longer hoses can be purchased but generally are not long enough to place the bottle out of sight. Longer hoses do pose a trip hazard and exposed hoses are more susceptible to damage. Some of the larger fire pits have an area underneath for the bottle to be placed that is somewhat screened from view. The fire pits are designed to burn for short periods, otherwise the fuel consumption is very high. The rate of fuel consumption depends on the flame ring’s BTU output and the flame setting.
Accessories for the Propane Fire Pit
Many people place colored fire beads around their fire ring. The fire beads are designed to be reflective and show their colors through the flame. The fire beads come in a variety of colors, and can be bought anywhere fire pits are sold.
The fire rings for the fire pits pit will be typically circular or rectangular shaped. People wanting the traditional campfire look may choose the rectangle shaped ring. Several fire pits styles are square, so the rectangle fire ring would be in keeping with that style. The bowl shaped pits of course would be stylish with the circular fire ring. The fire rings can be purchased separately. Each fire pit will come with a fire ring already installed.
Propane gas couplings can be purchased separately as needed. Many individuals find they want a longer gas hose to keep the tank away from the fire pit. The lava rock can be replaced with ceramic logs to offer different effects. Most pits come standard with lava rocks, and the standard gas coupling and hose.