A great way to take advantage of propane’s versatility during the late summer and early fall is with an outdoor propane fire pit. Gas fire pits are available in a wide range of materials, styles and sizes, so it’s easy to find the right design for your backyard space.
Depending on how often you use it, a fire pit’s burner can be connected to a line from your household propane tank or to a refillable 20-lb propane cylinder to its burner. The burner sits in a pan and it’s usually surrounded by lava rocks, ceramic logs or fire-resistant glass.
A propane fire pit burns clean, produces no smoke or ash and allows you to control the heat that’s generated. Just turn it on, sit back, and enjoy an evening by the fire under the stars.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, smoke from burning wood is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles, which are also called particle pollution or particulate matter.
Outdoor recreational fires can become a considerable source of fine-particle air pollution. Children and teenagers, older adults, and people with heart or lung disease – including asthma and COPD – can be particularly sensitive to the health effects of particle pollution in wood smoke.
That’s just one of the reasons why propane gas powered fire pits have grown in popularity.
Propane fire pits are much easier to clean, especially since there is no soot and ash buildup left behind after use.
And just for good measure, propane fire pits can generate enough heat to keep you and your family warm while you’re gathered outside on a chilly night.
Cleaner-burning propane gas fire pits can deliver the same rustic charm you love without the pollutants and clean-up chores of a wood-burning unit.
And while propane gas fire pits are typically not designed for cooking, this doesn’t mean they can’t do the job when necessary. Unlike gas grills, however, propane fire pits don’t contain features such as food drip pans and easily cleanable cooking surfaces, so you will have to take some extra care if you cook anything over a propane fire pit.
But the right cooking tools and a thorough cleanup can make your propane fire pit a reliable option for a quick snack during your backyard gathering.
Many people are taking the concept of choosing propane over wood inside their homes too. Old, little-used wood burning fireplaces are rapidly being converted to efficient and safe propane gas burning fireplaces. Other folks are installing a fireplace for the first time and choosing propane.
Propane hearths are available as built-in fireplaces, freestanding stoves, or sealed fireplace inserts that can be installed directly in your existing mantle. With that kind of flexibility, you can enjoy the benefits of a propane fireplace whether or not you have an existing fireplace feature.
Please reach out to your local propane company for advice about the benefits of choosing propane over wood.