Choosing Gas vs. Wood-Burning Fire Pits
When deciding on what type of fire pit to have in your outdoor room, it is important to weigh all the options. Looks and safety are both equally important when choosing your ideal fire pit. With gas fire pits, it is easy to customize the way you want it to look with either tempered glass or faux wood set in the burner. Safety-wise, gas fire pits and fireplaces can be much safer and less toxic than wood-burning fire pits.
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), wood smoke, although it is natural, can be toxic and impact the health of your family negatively. Wood smoke contains an abundance of chemicals, which when burned are released into the air we breath, can be toxic and cause short and long-term health effects. For more information on wood smoke exposure, visit the MPCA info page.
For those looking to “go green,” gas and natural gas fire pits are better for the environment and a much safer, healthier option. When used correctly they do not produce toxic emissions, are easier to control, and will not produce smoke. They also produce more heat, as the flame is much hotter than a wood-burning fire pit. They are also quick to light, run continuously and have fewer fire hazards.