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Gas vs. Wood Burning: Which is Best For Your Fire Pit?

Are you looking for an outdoor gathering space to entertain friends and family? Installing a fire pit can be the perfect way to enjoy summer nights gathered with family and friends. But with the variety of fuel sources available on the market today, it can be difficult to decide which is best for your specific needs. Gas vs wood burning – which one will work out better in terms of convenience and efficiency? In this post we’ll discuss all aspects of gas and wood burning fire pits so that you can make an informed decision as you shop around for the right unit!

Advantages of Gas

With gas fire pits, you’ll have the convenience of being able to turn it on or off with the flip of a switch. The instant flames make starting a fire quick and easy, and they often come with adjustable control knobs so you can adjust the intensity of the flame. Gas pits also tend to be cleaner than wood burning varieties; there’s no ash, smoke, or sparks as with wood fires. However, there is an added cost associated with purchasing a gas unit that may be more expensive than a wood burning setup. Additionally, natural gas lines will have to be set up. This involves running them through your yard, underneath the patio where the fire pit is installed. Otherwise, propane tanks are another option.

Advantages of Wood

Wood burning fire pits are typically less expensive than their gas counterparts since all you need is the pit itself, some firewood, and a lighter. Plus, there’s something special about sitting around an open flame and feeling the warmth of real wood burning that simulates camping in the middle of the forest. Wood fires do produce more smoke than gas pits, which can be an irritant for those with allergies and sensitivities. On the flip side, burning wood releases beneficial carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that helps support plants and trees.

Which is the Best Option?

If you prefer ease and efficiency, gas will be your best bet. If you like the traditional feel, sound and smell of a campfire in the forest, then wood burning is up your alley.

If you’re located in the northwest or west metro of the Twin Cities, contact the pros at Northwood Outdoor Services today to schedule a consultation for your next landscape project.

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