Propane or Natural Gas Fire Pits?


Once you have come to the decision that you would like to install an outdoor fire pit,many decisions will need to be made. The first typically involves the type of fire pit to purchase. Do you want propane outdoor fire pits or natural gas one? Each type has its advantages to be considered, along with its drawbacks, so often the choice comes down to which you prefer. Here are a few things you should consider, however, when making this decision.

Do you want to be able to take your fire pit with you when you go on vacation or do you want to be able to move it to different locations in your yard? If this is the case, you’ll need to consider propane outdoor fire pits as they attach to a tank that can also be moved. Natural gas versions are typically hooked to a natural gas line feeding the home, therefore they cannot be moved from one place to another. There are other options when it comes to fire pits, including wood fueled versions, so keep this in mind when choosing as you want to get one that is fun and easy to use on a regular basis.

Cost is the next thing to consider when deciding between various types of fire pits. Natural gas tends to be much cheaper than propane, especially in certain parts of the country, and one never runs out of a fuel source when using natural gas as it is hooked to the home (as long as the bill is paid). Propane, on the other hand, costs more and, when the tank runs dry, you’ll have to run to the store to have it refilled or replaced. This adds to the cost of operation. Wood fire pits may be the cheapest option, especially for those who have access to free wood. Of course, this requires the person chop the wood for use in the fire pit, which is costly in terms of time.

Efficiency is another factor one should consider when comparing various types of fire pits.  Propane outdoor fire pits are more efficient than natural gas, offering approximately 2,500 BTUs as compared to 1,000 BTUs for natural gas, when one is comparing the same volume of each type. When it comes to wood, the BTUs vary significantly, based on the type of wood one chooses to burn. For example, hickory produces much high BTUs than cedar or spruce. Consider the type of wood you have easy access to when choosing.

Many choose to purchase a santorini fire pit or a fire pit table made by o.w. lee fire pits. These models are known for their durability, safety and beauty. All o.w. lee fire pits are made in the United States and can be customized to meet the needs of the person using the fire pit. Other choices include the Cypress round fire pit, the Vesuvius Chat fire pit and the Vulsini rectangle fire pit. Be sure to check out the full line offered by this manufacturer to find gas or propane outdoor fire pits that are right for you.


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  • Jhon Martin | Jan 30, 2020

    Nice blog. It will surely help beginners to choose the best Fire Pit Table. The efforts you have put in to create the posts are quite interesting. Looking forward to seeing you soon in a new post.
    Finding the best propane fire table is not a day’s task. It needs a lot of research to find one matching our requirements regarding safety, functionality, and aesthetics.

  • Starfire Direct | May 14, 2019

    Hi John. There are a lot of factors that go into finding out if you will have enough gas pressure for a certain fire pit. For instance the distance the gas line is ran as well as the size of the gas line. We recommend our customers contact a certified gas plumber to advise you on what size gas line you should run or if your existing gas line will provide enough pressure for the fire feature you are considering. Using a propane tank is always a good option, but a standard propane tank will max out at 90K BTU’s. Feel free to call any of our helpful sales staff if you would like to discuss further.

  • John Roeser | May 14, 2019

    I am looking to install a fire pit at the house. I have a gas stub about 50’ away from the fire pit in the back of my 2 story house. I am concerned that I wont’t get enough natural gas to the fire pit from the gas stub since it is likely connected to the other devices (stove, hot water heaters, etc) in the house. This gas stub is probably 180’-200’ from the main gas valve in front of the house and not directly connected to the main gas valve. I am trying to figure out if I will get enough heat from this connection or if I should just use propane gas? Thoughts? I am looking at the 38” square Cor-Ten steel fire pit.

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