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Propane Gas Fire Pits Vs. Wood Fire Pits

Date: August 30, 2021

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While the smell and sounds of a wood-burning campfire may bring back cherished memories—especially roasting marshmallows—not only does burning wood pollute the air in a big way, but breathing in that smoky air can damage your health.

Troubling Facts About Wood Fires*

  • Most wood smoke particles are 2.5 microns or less in size, which is smaller than a human hair
  • The particles in smoke are tiny bits of solids and liquids made of wood that is not completely burned
  • When you breathe in wood smoke, you inhale the fine particles deep into your lungs
  • The particles contain toxic substances that can remain in your lungs for months, which lead to or exacerbate heart and lung disease.

That’s one of the reasons why propane gas powered fire pits are growing in popularity, especially for people living in areas where wood burning may be prohibited.

Propane Fire Pits Have Many Other Benefits

Propane fire pits are also 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 plenty of heat to keep you and your family warm while you’re gathered outside on a chilly night.

Rustic Charm and Cooking Capabilities

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. 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.

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.

Taking Propane Indoors

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.