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Should You Build a Gas Fire Pit or a Wood Burning Fire Pit?

There are plenty of decisions to make when planning for your ideal fire pit design, but there are few decisions as important as whether to build a gas or a wood burning fire pit. Both options have unique benefits, but it can still be difficult to know what features to prioritize when choosing the right fire pit. With the comparisons below, you’ll be able to see how the two compare on a number of levels, helping you decide for yourself which one to go with.


Perhaps the most dramatic difference between a wood burning and gas fire pit is the price. A classic wood burning fire pit will cost you significantly less than a gas fire pit, and take far less time to install. A wood burning fire pit is also more cost effective if you reside in a semi-urban area with easy access to a woodlot.

Both options will have additional fees as well – wood restocking for one, new gas tanks for the other – and whether you live in an urban or suburban area will greatly affect the ease with which you can replenish your fire pit supplies.


In terms of convenience, the gas fire pit is an easy front-runner. Once it’s professionally installed, you’ll have easy access to fire whenever you want with a simple flick of a switch. Where wood burning fire pits can be a hassle to start, gas fire pits are simple and give you immediate results with little-to-no effort.

Gas fire pits are also far easier to maintain, as wood burning fire pits demand routine cleaning and maintenance. For gas fire pits, all it takes is another flip of a switch for the fire to be safely turned off without any need for clean-up. There’s a nostalgic charm to wood burning fires, but in terms of overall convenience, a gas fire pit can’t be beat.


For wood burning fire pits, the smoke and ash created can become safety hazards during dry seasons, and as a result, are sometimes banned during peak dry seasons in some areas in order to avoid this risk entirely.

A gas fire pit does not have that kind of risk, and thus, is not usually, if ever, affected by a dry season. They’re even permitted within city limits in many instances, which is not something that is always available to wood burning fire pits. Some people may be concerned about gas leaks, but when your fire pit is professionally installed, the odds of that occurring are next-to-none.

Finally, gas also burns cleaner than wood does, so the environment will be less affected by a gas fire pit than it would be by a wood burning fire pit. On the flip-side, however, using wood is a renewable resource where gas is not. So in terms of environmental safety, both options are in similar standings.

Which One is Best?

Ultimately, the decision is yours to make. Both wood burning and gas fire pits have their perks, and it’s up to you to look at what each has to offer and decide which is the better fit for you and your space.

Fortunately, just about any fire pit can be converted into either a wood burning or gas-fueled format, so even if you choose one and then decide later that you want to exchange one for the other, that’s not an unreasonable option. Regardless, adding a fire pit to any backyard is a surefire way to lighten up the space with comfort and visual aesthetics, and will surely be put to very good use.