There is no need to stay chilly or remain stuck inside during the cooler months. A nice cozy fire pit table is just the trick to keeping you, your family and your guests warm and entertained in your outdoor living room.
Fire pit tables come in lots of sizes and styles that will suit your individual needs. Enjoy picking and choosing a style that is right for you but make sure you make the correct choice of fuel source for your fire pit table.
What’s in a Fuel?
Fire pit tables can use wood (the classic fire pit fuel)as well as propane and natural gas. Each source has its own pros and cons to consider. The following is a short list of considerations to be made:
Never leave your fire burning unsupervised!
Wood is inexpensive and can give off a pleasing scent depending on the wood type. The crackle of the fire is appealing but can also be dangerous if the fire “crackles” too much. Wood burning also gives off noxious smoke that is toxic to the air and to those sitting too close to the fire. Lighting the wood can be tedious and difficult at times. Extinguishing a wood fire can be tricky as areas of the burned wood may still be hot enough to ignite if the right conditions are present. The remaining ashes must be periodically cleaned from the fire pit table in order for it to work correctly. If you do choose a wood burning fire pit table, be sure that table is out in the open and away from buildings and other flammable materials. Of all the fuel sources, wood burning is the least safe.
Propane is a non-toxic natural fuel used to power gas grills, appliances, heaters and more. Propane is easily available at hardware stores and some grocery stores. Propane comes in canisters of 20lbs, which can be attached to most standard hookups. Propane does not give off noxious fumes or smoke. Propane is a clean burning solution that is portable. Many fire pit tables have compartments within them to store the propane tank – hiding it from plain site and keeping the esthetic look of the outdoor living space. An average 20lb propane tank will fuel a fire pit table for about 12 hours. Propane must be replaced periodically. A propane fire pit table can be placed nearer to buildings or even under a pergola or patio cover. Just be sure to monitor the flame strength. Propane is a safer fuel source than wood.
Natural gas is also a non-toxic natural fuel used to power stoves, ranges and other items within the house. To use natural gas for your outdoor fire pit table, you will need to have the area plumbed with a natural gas line to the fire pit table. This means you need to be sure you want your fire pit table placed where it is! Plumbing a line for natural gas usually requires a permit from the city before it can be done. While this may take some time and more money, in the end, you will have an endless source of clean-burning fuel to your fire pit table. There are no canisters to replace or hook up. A natural gas fire pit table can be placed nearer to building s or even under a patio or awning. Just be sure to monitor the flame strength. Natural gas as a fuel is as hands-free as you can get and is safer than wood.
Most people choose propane as their fuel of choice as it allows for the most flexibility (you can move your fire pit table to a new position in the backyard if you’d like) and is a cost effective and safe source of fuel.
For whatever you choose, your fire pit table will be a source of great entertainment for years to come. Choose your fuel well and enjoy!