Pros vs. Cons: Wood-Burning Fire Pits
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Pros vs. Cons: Wood-Burning Fire Pits

Homeowners who spend much time enjoying the outdoors with family and friends will find a wood-burning fire pit a welcome addition to their patio or lawn. Outdoor fire pits come in a variety of styles. Fire pits are structures sometimes constructed of stone or brick. But portable fire pits made of metal like steel, cast iron, or copper have become very popular. The purpose of a fire pit is to contain a fire, to keep it from spreading, and to facilitate versatility of use.

Those who love nature, and flexible ways to take celebrations outside no matter the season, choose from the best wood-burning fire pits when selecting a model to enhance their landscape. They appreciate the ability an outdoor fire pit gives them to enjoy special experiences on the lawn, not only on starlit midsummer nights, but through crisp autumn evenings and during early spring twilights.

From simple metal bowl-shaped structures to rollaway models, to large, elaborate pedestal tables with fire pit centers, or modern art-shaped angular metal forms, the shapes and themes of outdoor fire pit designs continue to evolve. If you're thinking of adding a useful, distinctive feature to your outdoor living space, a unique, well-built, outdoor wood-burning fire pit or one of today's best wood burning fire tables would be a great choice.

Pros of Outdoor Wood-Burning Fire Pits:

Pros of Wood Burning Fire Pits

Outdoor fire pits enhance experiences. From cozy family gatherings where older generations teach children the tradition of marshmallow roasting at dusk, to classy catered moonlit parties featuring formalwear and champagne toasts at midnight, fire pits make any style of outdoor gathering special. Here are a few obvious perks:

Cost Effective

Wood-burning Fire Pits are Cost-Efficient

Worried that the cost will put the purchase and use of an outdoor fireplace out-of-reach? That's not the case.

Outdoor fire pits are available in styles to suit almost any budget. And the cost of using wood as a fuel for an outdoor fire pit compares favorably to the operating cost for gas or propane units.

Wood logs can burn for approximately four to eight hours, depending upon the type of wood and the area's current airflow. And partially burned logs can be saved for continued use at a later date.

Cost Effective

The Portable Design of Outdoor Fire Pits is a Plus

Since there is no need to hook up to a utility, a wood fire pit can be placed anywhere you want. Whether you want to relax by the fire on the beach, on your patio, or in the woods, a wood burning fire pit can make it happen.

The Blue Rhino Endless Summer 28.3 in. wood-burning outdoor fire pit with kettle design comes in an attractive, oil-rubbed bronze finish. Its design includes a mesh guard for safety and elevated legs which can be placed on any surface.

Cost Effective

Fire Pits are Great For Backyard Cooking

Foods prepared over a wood fire absorb a smoky, wood flavor. Wood-fire fueled cooking feels like traditional cooking. You can even prepare comfort foods like 'smores.

The Fire Sense solid base revolver fire pit with a wooden top provides versatile cooking or alternate use options. This fire pit includes a non-stick cooking grill. It can even be converted into a table when not being used for cooking.

Cons of Outdoor Wood-Burning Fire Pits:

Cons of Wood Burning Fire Pits

Every fire pit may not be right for your home or preferences. But if you have a backyard or patio of moderate size, chances are you'll be able to find a fire pit that suits your needs and the theme of your home's outdoor setting.


Ember and Smoke Production may Not be Compatible With Every Location

Depending upon which direction the wind usually blows at your location, smoke inhalation problems could result from a wood burning fire pit that's inappropriately placed. That would be an uncomfortable threat for any family members or guests, especially those with asthma.

Fire pits also carry the risk of embers blowing away from the site and igniting nearby objects. Checking wind conditions before starting a fire in the pit and remaining in the vicinity until you put the fire out help prevent problems.

Cost Effective

Some Environmentally Conscious Buyers may Prefer Another Fuel Choice

Gas and propane-fueled outdoor fire pits are favored by some. Liquid fuels burn cleaner than wood. Therefore, though many people love the ambience of a wood fire, gas or propane may be a better option for the environmentally conscious.

Related Questions

Do you have to check local laws before getting a fire pit?

Yes. You'll need to review the laws governing fire pit construction and use in your state, and your city/county as well. Most locales allow fire pits, with certain restrictions.

What are some safety rules to follow when enjoying an outdoor wood-burning fire pit?

Outdoor fire pits are inherently safe, if properly designed and enjoyed with care and vigilance. Here are some important guidelines for enjoyable backyard celebrations centered around a wood-burning fire pit.

  • Be aware of wind conditions
  • Keep an eye on the flames
  • Don't place the fire pit near buildings or flammable objects - keep chairs and tables at a safe distance
  • Don't use construction lumber as fuel
  • Be prepared to extinguish the blaze at any time
  • Follow local laws and no-burn alerts

What type of wood should I burn in my fire pit?

Kiln-dried hardwoods are best. Soft woods are more prone to popping embers and they normally give off more smoke.