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Looking up at the stars, sitting around with great friends, surrounding a nice warm fire is one of life’s pleasures. I remember my friend’s dad often firing up the outdoor fire pit, and us 15-16-year old’s keeping the fire lit with pre-selected pieces of wood and cut branches. Today we’d be selecting the timber from a nice outdoor firewood storage rack.We we’re very lucky, as this was a safe way to learn about drinking and fire safety as we had adults with us.
Outdoor fires are more of a country thing, even though it’s not undetected in the suburbs.
Although I prefer a traditional timber fire pit, living within the inner suburbs does not always allow for this. This is where a smaller and more contained gas fire can be an alternate option. The benefits of a gas fire are that when you’re ready to hit the sack after a few drinks with friends, simply turn it off. You don’t have that luxury with a timber wood burner.
Below is a brief buying guide for outdoor gas fire pits & non-gas fire pits. We’ve offered a few considerations to think about and hope it comes in handy. Following this is a list of the best fire pits for both options, gas & non-gas, that we’ve found for this year.
Outdoor Gas Fire Pits & Non-Gas Fire Pits Buying Guide
It goes without saying that if you can’t fit a round peg in a square hole, don’t even bother to try. What I’m trying to say is, don’t buy an open fire pit that is too large for your desired location.
This is more relevant to outdoor apartment spaces. Most apartment balconies don’t fit more than a small furniture, maybe a few pot plants. Some balconies are large enough for a smaller fire pit, but make sure you measure the space you have available to you, before making a purchase.
Obviously if you have a reasonable sized backyard, there’s no requirement for taking measurements, unless you intend to place the fire pit in a particular section of your garden where space is limited.
Gas or Non-Gas
When talking about gas fire pits, the gas used is propane. The reason for this is, that firstly, it’s the most commonly used gas for this purpose and secondly, it’s a gas that produces clean flame and can be stored in a propane tank. If you wanted to use natural gas you’d want a built-in fire pit that can connect to your household gas supply. This would require a professional to connect your permanent fire pit.
So, with a portable propane gas fire pit, you’ll appreciate the convenience of portability, but you may be put off with the slightly higher cost of the propane gas.
As far as fire pit materials go, you have several options. Most of these options will be available to you if you’re searching for a gas fire pit. That’s because a gas flame is much more controlled and therefore you can use a specific material as a surround, that will not be impacted by flame.
Common materials used for this purpose are fibreglass, bronze, stainless-steel and aluminium. You can also get decorative surrounds such as wicker or stone, although the stone is often a poly-resin made to look like stone.
When it comes to wood/coal fire pits you’re basically looking at steel, ceramic or cast iron. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Stainless-steel is a great option as it’s lightweight compared to other materials. If this is the material you like, my advice would be to get it powder coated to protect the pit from the elements such as rain & wind.
The benefits of ceramic are that the outside surface will not get as hot as steel. This is a good option if you are buying a Chiminea. Young children may not notice the Chiminea is alight if they are on the back side of it. You cannot see through a Chiminea as there’s only an opening at the front and a smoke hole above. So, if little hand touches a ceramic Chiminea they are less likely to have a major injury as they would if it was steel. Mind you, it would still leave a nasty mark.
Cast iron on the other hand are gaining in popularity but also become very hot when touched. They are also heavy but on the plus side, they are extremely durable and keep their warmth well.
If you’re looking for a fire pit like the sphere fire pits further down this page, they are made from steel or cast iron which is perfect for the sphere style. You’re always going to see that they are alight as you can see through them. They’ll also keep as much heat as possible, keeping you warm whilst you sip on a cold beer from your beer fridge!
Stainless steel is an ideal material for mobility as its light, allowing you to manoeuvre it into various locations. It also goes without saying that the smaller the fire pit, the easier the mobility. There’s also the option for wheels on your fire pit, otherwise a low base trolley with wheels may be an option to place your fire pit on.
Now just a safety tip on open non gas fire pits. It can be a good idea to wear a BBQ apron to protect you from embers that may fly from the fire. We have an article on BBQ aprons and some of them are extremely robust and perfect for this kind of protection.
There’s a lot more we could talk about but I bet your itching to see out list of the best outdoor gas fire pits & non gas fire pits, so lets get going.
Gas Fire Pits
#1 - Stonecrest Outdoor Propane Fire Pit
? 2 x Styles, Square/Round
? No Assembly Required
? Natural Stone or Grey color
? No propane gas included
You’ll be inspired by the 4 variations available, 2 colours and 2 styles. The colors available to you are Grey or Natural Stone and you can choose from a square fire pit like in the attached image, or a round fire pit if this would suit your desired location better.
You will not have to worry about assembling it once you get it home either, the fire pit comes fully assembled so you only need to connect the propane gas tank to the internal connection. No more assembly instructions like Ikea! Then simply light it with the starter ignition.
Don’t worry about your deck burning either. There is a plate for the propane gas tank to sit on which is off the base surface and the heat is roughly 3-feet above the ground.
Before purchasing, you may want to take note of the dimensions which are as follows:
- Approx.36” Diameter
- Weight =Approx. 120lbs
You will also receive a cover for the fire pit, so if left outside, it’s a good idea to secure it under this supplied cover. The pit also comes with lava rocks, but you may prefer to change these lava rocks with rocks of a different color. You will have to buy these separately, but some customers have suggested using blue glass rocks, they look amazing. You’ll need approx. 25-30lb of glass rocks.
Great features include:
- Square or Round design
- No assembly required
- Grey or Natural Stone finish
- Cover & Care instructions included
If outdoor gas fire pits are your thing then this is a great option that’s had over 20 great customer reviews giving a 4.9-star rating. Click the image to check out more specifications or the reviews.
#2 - Wine Barrel Fire Pit Table
? 3 x Sizes available
? High quality craftsmanship
? Adjustable flame height
? No propane tank included (standard)
It’s the signature piece from this company and the craftsmanship is first class. The timber for the table used is reclaimed barn wood and fence boards, stained to your liking. You’ll be given 5 different variations of color including Red Mahogany, Golden Oak, Espresso, Weathered Grey and White Wash.
Once stained, the timber is given a coat of polyurethane for added protection of the workmanship. The centre burner is a stainless-steel ring surrounded by crystal snow fire glass. You’ll notice a small door on the side, this is where you enter the barrel for the propane gas tank to sit inside.
You’ll be given 3 different sizes also. The image shown is the full-sized barrel, but you can order a ¾ size or even a ½ size barrel f