Pros: There are lots of positive reasons to choose a gas fire pit. Running a natural gas or propane hard line to your fire pit creates a convenient way to enjoy family night without all the hassle that comes with a wood burning fire pit. Simply turn on the gas, light, and enjoy! Some gas fire pits have electronic ignition options which offer added safety and convenience. You can even use an app or add to your home automation! You can add colored fire glass, ceramic fire balls, ceramic logs, or an array of other decorative options that helps to personalize your design. Speaking of design, “direct plumbing” your fire pit allows you to choose lower, more modern fire pit designs since there are no height restrictions. It’s nice not having to worry about smoke blowing in your face every time the wind picks up, or adding more logs as the fire begins to die. And in most areas, natural gas is sold as “therms” which is quite affordable, often costing less to burn than wood.
Cons: Although gas fire pits are the most popular option amongst consumers, there are still some added costs to consider. Gas fire pits are typically more expensive because they have engineered burner systems, valves, hoses, and ignitions that wood burning fire pits don’t have. Running a gas line from your meter or whole house propane tank can cost anywhere from a few hundred, to a few thousand dollars, thus adding higher up front costs.