Fire pit tables

How to Choose a Fuel Source for Fire Pit Tables

Fire pit tables provide excellent outdoor enjoyment during cold nights, especially during the winter months. You can gather around the fire pit table and enjoy some memorable times and conversations with your family. Depending on your preference, you can get a fire pit table installed in the garden or in your outdoor living room. Fire pit tables are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles to suit people’s varying budgets. You simply need to choose a style that meets your exact requirements and be sure to choose the right fuel source for your fire pit table.

Choosing a fuel source for your fire pit table

Fuel options for fire pit tables include: wood, natural gas and propane. Every type of fuel has its own benefits and drawbacks so here are some important things to consider when choosing a fuel type for your fire pit table:


Wood is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a cost effective fuel source. Some wood types also produce a pleasant odor. You may also enjoy listening to the crackle of the fire in a wood fire pit. However, excessive crackle of the fire could be dangerous and the gas produced by burning wood contains harmful carbon monoxide. Moreover, it may take a lot of time and effort to light the wood. In fact, even putting out the fire could be a difficult or daunting task. The glowing embers may remain hot enough to ignite in some conditions. You may need to remove the remaining ashes periodically to ensure proper functioning of the fire pit table. If safety is your top priority then you may decide against wood. However, if you insist on using wood as a fuel source, make sure you install your fire pit table outdoors and well away from any flammable materials.


If you are looking for a non-toxic alternative to wood, consider opting for propane. This natural gas is used to power a number of heating appliances, including gas grills and heaters. You will easily find 20lb propane tanks at grocery stores and hardware stores. Unlike wood fire pits, propane fire pits do not emit harmful smokes. Some fire pit tables come with hidden compartments to store the propane tank. Typically, a fire pit table with a 20lb propane tank will run for around 12 hours. You need to replace propane tanks periodically. You can position a propane fire pit table close to a building or under a patio cover or pergola. If you do choose propane, be sure to check the flame strength.

Natural Gas

This is another non-toxic natural fuel. Before you choose natural gas as a fuel option, be sure to check the availability of natural gas fuel in your locality. Also, consider that you will need to install natural gas lines to the fire pit table. You may also need to get permission from your local authority for installing natural gas lines. You can place your natural gas fire pit table close to a building or under a patio.

Now that you know about the different types of fuels available for your fire pit table, you can easily choose the one which best suits your requirements and preferences.

Did we leave anything important out? Are there any other considerations one should take when deciding on a fuel source? Tell us in the comments area below…

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