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A fire pit is a great way to tie your outdoor décor together. Ace Hardware carries an impressive assortment of patio fire pits and outdoor fire tables to bring your family and friends together even when the weather turns cooler. Use the following tips to choose the perfect outdoor fire pit to create a warm and inviting gathering place on your deck, patio or other backyard spot.  

Propane Fire Pits vs. Wood Fire Pits

Both propane and wood fire pits make a wonderful addition to any backyard space. Choosing the ideal fire pit for your needs takes some consideration. Here are some basic differences between propane fire pits and wood fire pits to help you narrow down your choice.

Fuel Source and Storage

Our gas fire pits are fueled by propane, while our wood fire pits are fueled by either wood or wood pellets. Gas fire pits usually light and turn off with the touch of a button, while it may take a while for wood fire pit tables and wood portable fire pits to light.

Storage is another factor to consider. With wood-burning patio fire pits, you'll need to designate a dry place away from your house to store all of the wood or wood pellets. On the other hand, propane fire pits may require a large storage tank. Ace Hardware offers propane cylinders in a variety of sizes to accommodate propane fire pits of all sizes.

Energy Efficiency

Since gas burns cleaner and produces fewer emissions, propane fire pits are usually considered more energy efficient than wood outdoor fire pits. Since wood fire pits burn wood they do not require propane or gas refills.

Portability

If you're looking for a portable fire pit option, certain types of propane and wood fire pits are easy to transport. However, since wood outdoor fire tables and pits don't require the use of propane cylinders, they may be the most portable choice.

Maintenance

Wood-based fire pits may be harder to maintain than propane fire pits because they hold ash and soot. As certain types of woods burn, a tar-like substance may build up inside the pit. If it does, you'll just need to clean it out before using the fire pit again.

In comparison, propane fir pits don't require much maintenance. The outside of the gas fire pit can be wiped down periodically, and you can use a cover to shield the pit whenever it rains or snows.  

Fire Pit Styles

Modern fire pits are sleek and stylish and suit a wide array of design preferences. Stone fire pits tie in elements of nature that may already be present in your backyard. Table top fire pits sit high off the ground and often include a surface where family and guests can store their drinks or kick their feet up. Fire pit bowls are suspended over the ground by a heavy-duty frame and they're usually compact enough to fit on most small patios.

Shop for Fire Pits for Your Backyard Space

No matter the size or layout of your favorite outdoor space, discover the right fire pit to serve as the centerpiece of your backyard at Ace Hardware. Browse our selection of high-quality gas and propane fire pits online or in-store now. Then, find the perfect dining and seating sets to complete your setup.