FuelThere are three fuels you can use in a firepit: Wood, gas or gel. Wood-burning fires give you crackling logs, glowing embers, great atmosphere and enough heat to keep you warm and to do a little cooking. For a wood-burning firepit, you’ll need a dry place to store wood. Unless you’re a Boy Scout, starting a wood fire can sometimes be tricky, and, for safety, you’d better plan on staying around until the embers have burned out completely. That’s where gel and gas have an advantage — you can turn them on and off quickly. You can even adjust the flame to set the mood or put out more heat.
Gel fuel firepits don’t produce smoke or soot. Pop the top off the canister, light it and slide it into place. Flames lick the ceramic logs, and some gels even crackle like a wood-burning fire. However, gel fires won’t produce enough heat to keep you toasty warm and the canisters can be expensive.
If you’re looking for a heat-producing firepit that also burns without soot or smoke, try a gas unit. Flip the switch and you can have instant fire. They do put out more heat than gel, but refilling the tank can be costly, especially if you like to have lots of fires.
Types of Firepits to Choose From
2. Self-contained gel fireplace
Clean burning gel fuels provide all the fire atmosphere. Make a fire by sliding out the bottom drawer, lighting the gel fuel canisters and pushing the drawer back in.
3. Gas tabletop fireplace
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