Installing a fire pit in your backyard is a great way to gather friends and family together to enjoy the outdoors. Both gas and wood fire pits are popular hardscapes that many people like to add to their landscape design. The question homeowners have trouble answering is which style of fire pit will work best for them.

Before you call a contractor, take a look at some of the key differences between gas and wood-burning fire pits to see which variation checks the boxes for you regarding things like cost, convenience, and maintenance.

Gas fire pits cost far more than wood-burning fire pits.

Custom rectangle gas fire pit construction at a home in Elkhart, IN.

When it comes to cost, a wood-burning fire pit will always end up costing you less than a gas one. The average cost of a wood fire pit installation is between $500 to $1,300, depending on the building materials used and additional design features.

A gas fire pit install will start at $500 and go up in price from there. What really factors into the cost is having to install the gas line. It's a delicate job that will always require a professional. Plus, if there's trouble trying to attach the gas line, they may have to increase the installation fee. Overall, a gas fire pit can end up costing anywhere from $900 to almost $4,000.

It's also important to note that you will need access to a propane tank supplier if your fire pit doesn't run on natural gas, which tacks on another regular expense to maintain your gas fire pit.

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Wood-burning fire pits aren't as convenient to use as gas fire pits.

To get a gas fire pit going, all you'll have to do is press a button and go! You'll have a fire within seconds that you can start enjoying right away. Once you're ready to call it a day, you can simply turn off the gas fire pit to extinguish the flames.

Custom stacked stone wood burning fire pit at a home in South Bend, IN.

Wood-burning fire pits are not so simple. Not only does it take some effort to get the fire going, but you also need to continuously maintain it to ensure the fire doesn't die out. You'll also need a storage area to hold all your firewood where it won't get wet, and that must be far enough away from your home structure since the firewood could harbor termites.

Gas fire pits are more environmentally sound than wood-burning fire pits.

Wood-burning fire pits may blend in well with the rest of the natural surroundings, but they're not very environmentally friendly. While wood is a renewable source, the real danger comes from smoke emissions.

The burning wood particles can irritate the lungs and cause breathing issues, especially for people with asthma. Wood-burning fire pits also form large amounts of creosote, a tar-like substance that releases harmful chemicals into the air. It can build-up in your fire pit if it isn't cleaned regularly and is extremely flammable.

Gas fire pits are always the cleaner choice. The gas is more hygienic, less harmful if breathed in, and is much safer for the environment than wood-burning fire pits.

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Update your outdoor living space by letting Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC install a gas or wood-burning fire pit in your backyard!

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At the end of the day, the choice between a gas or wood-burning fire pit comes down to personal preference. Each design comes with a list of pros and cons that may work for one buyer but not the other.

Regardless of your decision, our team at Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC have the skills and training to install either a wood or gas fire pit into your outdoor living space! We design and install various hardscape elements for residential and commercial properties in Elkhart, Granger, and surrounding counties in IN. Call today at (574) 326-3526 to schedule a free consultation!

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