Fire pits are available in a variety of options, and it is important to understand what differentiates them in order to make the right choice. Talking of the functional and practical aspects of fire pits, the most important consideration is the fuel that the fire pit burns.
The most common fire pits available are natural gas, wood burning, liquid propane and ethanol. Wood burning fire pits are the original fire pits and have a special, old world charm to them. However, for anyone who is looking for an efficient and clean burning fire pit, the gas fuelled ones are the perfect choice.
From the perspective of a layman, both natural gas and propane have the same function, but in reality both these fuels are significantly different and it affects the way they burn, and they are transported, handled, and stored.
Natural gas is a substance found in marshes, landfills, bogs and coal beds, and is produced by the decay of organic matter. It is odourless and is primarily made of methane. It is a low density gas and tends to rise when released into the air. Due to this, it is transported through pipelines and delivered to homes.
On the other hand, propane is a gas that turns into a liquid at moderate temperatures even though it retains its gaseous state at average temperatures. So, it is transported and stored in tanks. It has a low boiling point and gets converted into gas as soon as it is released from the tank. Due to this, propane is a good choice for fire pits. Propane is denser than air and sinks to the bottom when released. In absence of proper airflow and ventilation, it can pose a safety risk.
Propane has 2.5 times the usable energy per cubic foot compared to natural gas. However, the cost per joule of natural gas is much less compared to that of propane. The burners cannot be used interchangeably for natural gas and propane, because to achieve the same flame the natural gas burner has to supply more gas flow than the propane one.
One similarity between both fuel types is that they are both clean burning and there are no harmful emissions. Both produce significantly low amounts of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide compared to other fuel types such as gasoline.
Coming back to our original question, whether you should choose natural gas or propane fire pit, we would say that it all depends on what fuel supply you use in your home. Both the fuels work similarly and produce a hot and beautiful flame. So, the whole thing eventually comes down to the delivery and storage method that is most convenient to you. If you have a large propane tank that supplies to your home or a natural gas supply, then the choice becomes easier for you.
No matter you are looking for a natural gas or propane fire pit, or a fire pit kit, we have you covered. On Blazing Glass, you will find a variety of fireplaces and fire pits in myriad designs to suit your needs.