A novice with Gas Fire Pits? Things to know and to consider.
Since ancient times, humans have relied on fire. It was our source of survival, warmth, and comfort. And even at present times, fire has provided us more than we could ever imagine. Fire has been a great help especially during the cold seasons; imagine being in the middle of snowy mountains without the warmth and alluring flames of a fire under a starry sky! There's no debate about the importance of fire, to life on earth, human development and to our own survival. That's why multiple inventions and innovations were made for us utilise fire and its power.
(Photo: Elementi Manchester Fire Table)
What is a Gas Fire pit?
Fire pits are primarily designed to contain fire and prevent it from spreading. Originally, fire pits are holes or pits dug in the ground. Through the years, many types of fire pits had emerged to cater different needs and demands. Not only used to bring warmth, some people also utilised fire pits to cook food. One of the favoured fire pits are the gas fire pits. Gas Fire pits are fire pits fuelled by either natural or bottled gas. It is much more convenient than wood-fired fire pits and flames are fully adjustable. But before you get too excited and buy yourself one, consider checking these notes before tapping the check-out button.
How Does a Gas Fire Pit Work?
Gas fire pits can work using Liquid propane gas bottles or natural mains gas. Either way, the idea is simple. There will be a housing attached from the gas supply and at the top is a concave heat resistant bowl. Burners are below and the bowl is filled with heat-resistant ceramic logs, fake coals or glass pebbles, hiding the burner from plain sight. Usually, the pit comes with an ignition switch to turn the fire pit on and adjust the flames. This setup gives the appearance of a wood-fired fire pit without the hassle of starting one.
(Photo: Elementi Hampton Fire Table)
What are the Pros and Cons?
Safety - Most gas fire pits are CE certified. They are officially tested and guaranteed safe for use.
Convenience - Gas fire pits are easy to turn on and off. Unlike the wood-fired counterpart where you will need certain fire lighting skills, you can easily ignite gas fire pits with just one twist of a knob or a push of a button.
Maintenance - No need to clean soot and ashes after long hours beside a gas fire pit fire. You can just easily turn it off and be done for the night.
Health Concerns - Gas fire pits are the best and cleaner fuel choice especially for those who have breathing problems like asthma. Particles from wood-fired fire pits can cause problems to those who have breathing issues.
Energy Efficient - Gas fire pits are energy efficient. Gas produce fewer emission and is definitely cleaner than burning wood.
Installation - It is more difficult to install gas fire pits. Especially if you will be using Mains Gas. Line from gas supply should be installed by a professional installer and it will take time.
Space - Although gas fire pits can still be move and rearrange, it will laborious. First, the gas line should be reinstalled and gas fire pits are usually weighed a ton.
Permits - Some local areas prohibit open burning within fire pits. Before getting one, be sure that your local ordinances or neighbourhood requires permits in owning a gas fire pit.
Regardless of the fuel source you choose, owning a gas fire pit offers different benefits and precautions. It is best that you check the fire pits specifications carefully and purchase from reliable manufacturers. If you want to check out our amazing collection of fire pits, check out this link.
- Ruthie Sescon