The idea of having a fire pit in your yard is appealing – staying around a warm fire on cooler nights is fun as well as giving warmth, but there is an amount of work to be done before you can enjoy your wood fuelled outdoor fireplace, gathering the timber, laying the fire, maintaining the fire and then there is the cleaning up afterwards – too much work for some of us! So the idea of avoiding all of that is quite appealing and that’s where gas fire pits come into the picture. A gas fire pit allows you to enjoy all of the positive aspects of an outdoor fire but avoids all the work involved – sounds good to me!
A outside of a gas fire pit can look exactly the same as a traditional fire pit. If you were buying one new you would have the same choices of materials for the exterior such as stone, copper, steel, bricks, tiles etc and even the same color choices. The difference is inside the bowl- where there is a gas burner covered with non combustible material such as glass or lava rock . There are two types of gas fire pit natural gas or the propane fire pit. Both are piped to the burner, although natural gas may well be installed in your house whereas propane may come in a bottle. Natural gas is usually more expensive than propane. There is usually a choice of manual or electronic ignition to consider and remote controls are available with the electronic ignition to allow you to start you fire without even moving!
The thing that makes the most difference visually is the type of non combustible material you choose to place over the burner. It will affect how the fire pit looks when there is no fire and how the flames look around it. You can choose the traditional log effect perhaps with lava rock to suit a natural fire pit. Or consider using ceramic stones with lava rocks or log effects on top. One of the most stunning visually effects is the use of fire pit glass on a propane fire pit. Fire pit glass is specially tempered to allow it to withstand the temperature without blackening as regular glass would do. Then there is the choice of colors- there are so many colors available and the glass is also available in different sizes to vary the effect. Why stop at one color? You can mix colors together or arrange colors separately around the fire pit. How your fire place looks can be uniquely yours. Fire pit glass is not cheap, at around $5-7 a pound when you may need 80lbs makes for an expensive filler, but you can cheat and put the cheaper lava rock underneath a top layer of glass. Glass has another advantage in that you can change your effect by changing the glass color and easily wash the glass to restore it to its gleaming clean look.
Whilst it may not be cheap to change or add a gas fire pit the effect will certainly be stunning and so easy to achieve.