Fire pits are fantastic additions to any property, as they create a perfect space for friends and family members to gather. This is especially true if you live in the West Chester, Pennsylvania area, as the cool weather throughout most of the year creates the ideal environment to enjoy a fire pit.

If you're considering adding a fire pit to your property, you've probably realized that there are two main types: wood-burning fire pits and gas-burning fire pits. So, which is the best choice for you? They are both great options, so it really comes down to personal preference. Below, we outline 4 key things to consider such as your budget, convenience, safety, and installation time to help you make an informed decision.

1. Your Budget

While both wood-burning and gas-burning fire pits have the same goal to keep you cozy with a warm fire, wood-burning fire pits are the more budget-friendly option. That's because the installation time is much quicker with these types of fire pits, as there is no need for any electrical components and gas lines don't need to be run underground. Once the fire pit is constructed, all you need to do is add wood, ignite it, and you're ready to go.

Gas-burning fire pits typically cost more because the installation process is more involved. A gas line needs to be connected to it, and that takes more labor hours to complete. However, you won't have to worry about spending money on firewood any time you want a fire, as it can be turned on by pressing a button.

2. Convenience

Gas-burning fire pit with blue rocks on custom patio near Exton, PA.

If convenience is important to you, gas-burning fire pits are the way to go. That's because your fire can be turned on by the simple touch of a button. And, when you're ready to put the fire out, all you need to do is turn off the gas and the fire will immediately go out.

Wood-burning fire pits require extra work to ignite and smother the fire. First, you'll need to have a large supply of wood, which you will either need to gather or purchase from a store. Next, you'll need to stack the wood up inside of the pit and then ignite it. You will also need to continually feed more logs into the fire throughout the night to keep it going, And, when you want to put the fire out, you'll either have to let it burn out or use water to extinguish it.

3. Safety

While both of these options are generally very safe, when push comes to shove, gas-burning fire pits are the safer option. That's because wood-burning fire pits produce a lot of smoke that can be harmful when inhaled. You also need to make sure these fires are always put out completely. Even if there are still a few embers burning, the fire could reignite when nobody is around. And, if the wind blows them out of the pit, it could potentially start a fire. You don't have to worry about any of those safety issues with gas-burning fire pits.

No matter which type of fire pit you choose, it should always be installed at least 10 feet away from any structures.

4. Installation Time

Gas-burning fire pits take much longer to install than a wood-burning pit, sometimes even twice as long. That's because they require a gas line to be run underground. However, once that task is done, starting a fire is much easier with a gas-burning fire pit. Contrarily, the installation of wood-burning fire pits is much easier, but it takes longer each time you want to start a fire.

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Roasting marshmallows on a fire in a wood-burning fire pit near Downingtown, PA.

If you're ready to get the most out of your outdoor area by having a gas-burning or wood-burning fire pit installed, our team at Countywide Landscape is ready to help. We proudly serve property owners in West Chester, Downingtown, Exton, PA and throughout the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at (610) 285-9727 to receive a quote.