Propane Fire Feature Pros & Cons
What are the Pros?1. No messy ashes to clean up
Just like cooking in the kitchen, we are more likely to do it if there is less clean up involved, right? Compared to the wood-burning version, propane fire pits take a lot of the work and maintenance out of enjoying a cracking fire on the back deck or backyard.
2. They can be moved
While you may not plan (or want to) move your fire pit, for some people this may be a big benefit. Whether the circumstance is a special event, the changing of the seasons or you simply want to rearrange your backyard, a portable fire pit does offer more flexibility.
3. You can sell it
If you are thinking about buying a fire pit this may seem like a weird advantage. Well, over the years it seems that propane fire pits hold their value well. Therefore, if you ever want to or need to sell your backyard accent piece, you can rest easy knowing that people typically pay good money for even the used models.
4. Some units cost significantly less money
According to market averages, the cost to hire a landscaper to build an outdoor fire pit can cost around $1,400, although some projects can range up to $5,000. You can easily find gas fire pits for under $1000.
What are the Cons?
1. Propane tank refills aren’t free
If you use your fire pit frequently at a high flame setting, you may find yourself replacing/refilling your propane tank many times throughout the year. This cost can add up and may be more than you want to spend.
According to CanadianTire.ca, the cost of propane refilling will vary based on location, but in general, it will cost between 3 and 4 dollars per gallon of propane. So, a 20 lb. propane tank refill will cost approximately $70.
A simple fix to this situation is to get into the habit of using the low-flame setting for shorter periods of time.
2. Are they warm enough?
Compared to larger built-in fire pits, most people think the average propane fire pit gives off as much heat. They do provide warmth, however, on a cold evening you may want to bring out a couple of wool blankets too.