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Wood VS Gas Fire Pits – Pros & Cons

 Sep 27, 2019    Outdoor Living, Fire Pits

When it comes to owning a fire pit, the biggest question is usually whether you should get a wood-fueled one or a gas-fueled one. A difficult question to answer. Lucky for you, we’ve prepared the means to compare the two and determine which one is best for you!

Neither wood nor gas is better than the other when it comes to powering a fire pit. Both have their pros and cons. We’ll take a look at these right now. 

Wood Burning Fire Pit Pros

1. More Affordable 

Wood fire pits require much less material and time to put together. Because of this, they tend to be a lot cheaper than gas fire pits. 

The average cost for a wood fire pit is between $500 - $1300. A gas fire pit, on the other hand, will likely cost any from $900 to $3800. While both are economical, wood fire pits are definitely more affordable. 

2. Easier to Install

Wood fire pits don’t need to be hooked up to the gas line or anything else. You can move them around to various locations freely, so long as they stay away from flammable materials. 

3. Excellent Aesthetic

Burning wood is always a lovely thing to look at, assuming it is contained. The design of your fire pit combined with the flames coming from within will create an incredible ambiance wherever you go. 

Not only will the flames improve your patio area, but the fire pit, itself, can be designed to light up with the fire and wood to make incredible patterns. Take a look at some here!


Low Boy Wood Burning Fire Pit 36 Inch

Wood Burning Fire Pit Cons

1. More Difficult to Clean

After you’ve used a wood fire pit, you’re left with a large amount of ash and dust to clean up. This takes a fair amount of time, but it isn’t too difficult so long as you clean up after every use. If you don’t, the build-up may prove difficult to get off. 

2. More Hazardous

Wood fires are a little more dangerous than gas-powered fires. While gas sounds more dangerous, it is actually a lot easier to control gas than it is to control burning wood. Wood burns at its own pace and has more chance to suddenly flare up than with gas. 

So long as someone knows how to stoke a fire correctly and you keep track of it well, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, you should still be aware of the danger. 

3. Requires Extra Storage 

You will, of course, need to keep firewood somewhere nearby. This will require you to use up a bit more storage space than with another kind of fire pit. 

4. You Need to Stoke It

As mentioned earlier, you will need to stay with your wood fire pit when it is lit. The fire isn’t stable enough to just leave it whenever you like. This is especially true if you have children running around. (Please make sure to teach them to keep away when doing so) 

Gas Burning Fire Pit Pros

1. Clean Flames

A gas fire pit does not create sooty smoke as does a wood fire pit. The gas is brought in underneath and ignited as it enters the pit. There is no burning of wood, so no soot is made. 

2. Easy to Start

Instead of needing to start a fire the conventional way, you can just turn on the gas and light it up. 

3. Runs Continuously

Once it has started up, it tends to run smoothly. So long as you leave the gas knob alone, it should burn at a constant level. You still need to be careful, but the constant movement of the flames makes everything much simpler. 

4. Safer to Run

Since the gas line is secure and your flame is balanced, the gas fire pit is much safer. You don’t run the risk of wood chips getting out or the fire suddenly building up. 


Gas Burning Fire Pit Cons 

1. Costly

Gas fire pits, as we mentioned before, are more expensive than wood fire pits. While they are still well within affordable ranges, wood fire pits are a tad cheaper. The reason for that is because it requires more materials and the installation process is more difficult. Take a look at some to see why.

2. Gas Hazard

While gas is generally quite safe to use, you always run the risk of there being a leak. If at any point you find that your gas is leaking or you see even the slightest hint of damage, disconnect the gas and get a professional to take a look at it. 

3. Takes Longer to Install

When you set up a gas fire pit, you also need to position it and connect it to your home’s gas line. (Or a separate gas tank, if you plan to power it that way) It will generally take longer as you will want to hide those lines so that your fire pit still has a nice aesthetic. 


In conclusion, both fire pit types are incredible! Wood fire pits are a bit more affordable but require more experience to operate efficiently. Gas fire pits come at a higher price and take longer to install, but they are much easier to use, safer, and don’t produce any smoke. 

Based on this evidence, which one do you think would work better for you? Do you want a wood fire pit or a gas fire pit? Make your choice and get started today!

Last updated on February 4th 2020.


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