Best gas fire pits for decks 2022 (High End Luxurious Fire Pits)

 

Upgrade your deck with this year’s hottest gas fire pits!

IMAGINE THIS: It’s a beautiful night outside at the lake, so you gather your family together and head out to your deck. You simply flip a switch, & within a matter of seconds, you and your family are sitting around a beautiful fire, talking, laughing, and enjoying the evening. You’ve created the ultimate gathering spot just a few short steps from your house. At the center of it – your gas fire pit.

Gas fire pits have become very popular and for good reason. Not only are gas fire pits the easiest, safest, and most hassle-free way to enjoy an outdoor fire, but they also don’t produce smoke or sparks, and are simple to maintain. I still enjoy gathering up a bunch of wood and kinlin and having a huge bond fire down on our lake, I enjoy that from time to time as well. However nigh after night, nothing is better than owning a gas fire pit. Lighting the fire is as painless as pushing a button or flipping switch.

Without the hassle of starting a wood fire, avoiding smoke, and watching out for sparks, you’ll be free to enjoy uninterrupted quality time lounging around your gas fire pit with friends, family and and the ones you love.

If you’re looking for the perfect gas fire pit for your lake deck, but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered with this well researched article on the top, most popular fire pits of 2020!

WHAT MAKES THESE THE TOP FIRE PITS FOR DECKS?

We chose each fire pit in this list based on its size, weight, material, clearance requirements, and overall aesthetics.

The size and weight of a fire pit play a significant role in whether or not it will work for your particular deck. You have to make sure that your deck structure can support the added weight of a fire pit and that the fire pit isn’t too large or heavy to move it onto the deck. Plus, it needs to look good, right?

THE BEST GAS FIRE PITS FOR DECKS IN 2022

Elementi Granville Outdoor Fire Pit

 

Wood Deck Installation: Requires a non-combustible base

 

What makes it great:


The Elementi Granville Pit  is the perfect size to make a statement on your deck without overpowering the space.

  • PATIO FLAME TABLE FEATURES – Beautifully made summer fire bowl measures 60 x 27 Inches and weighs 175 pounds with the burner ring size at 30 inches length. It also includes 13.2 lbs of lava rock. Add this statement piece to you lake deck, and this will be what your guest will be talking about, and your family will remember.
  • BEAUTIFUL PATIO FURNITURE – Brighten up your outdoor patio area with outdoor fire place that will be sure to impress all your guests. It’s the perfect accessory to relax around on the cool summer and fall nights.
  • SAFE CSA AND CE CERTIFIED – Stainless steel burner with electric ignition and auto safety shut-off. The propane fire table is built with high performance cast concrete making it safe and fun.

For installation on wood, vinyl, or composite decks, you’ll need to place a non-combustible base or pad underneath your fire pit. You can purchase a prefab fire pit pad or create your own out of brick, cement, or any other non-combustible materials. We hired a local handy man who had us up and running in no time.

 

Propane Table 60 Inches Rectangle Firepit Table Concrete High Floor Patio Heater Electronic Ignition Backyard Fireplace Cover Lava Rock Included

Key Largo by The Outdoor GreatRoom

Wood Deck Installation: No base required

 

What makes it great:
The Key Largo is lightweight, easy to assemble, and hides a propane tank, making it perfect for a deck. The linear design features a stucco base and stainless steel top that looks at home in both modern and traditional outdoor spaces.

  • Table Dimensions: 48″W x 19.63″D x 22.75″H and Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Polished Grey Supercast with Black Fleck stucco base. Exterior grade frame & stucco base.
  • Automatic ignition systems make controlling fire easy. They can pair with a wall switch, hand-held remote, automated pool controller, or Smart Home system.
  • Access door conceals 20 lb. LP tank in base 

Manta Ray (Gas) by Fire Pit Art

 

Wood Deck Installation: Requires a non-combustible base

 

What makes it great:
The Manta Ray is one of our favorite lake deck fire pits, especially for smaller decks. It features an expertly crafted, unique, maintenance-free design that looks sleek & beautiful during the day without a fire. With a fire it is an indication than romance is in the air, I mean look at it, what more can you say? . At 100lbs, you’ll be able to move this lightweight fire pit up wherever you want on your deck with ease, as long as you have an extra set of hands around.

The rust color from the patina can stain your deck. To protect the surface below your fire pit, use it with a non-combustible base or fire pit pad.

Moderno III by Prism Hardscapes

Wood Deck Installation: Requires a non-combustible base

 

What makes it great:
The Moderno III is perfect for decks and outdoor areas with limited space. The durable, high-quality construction and modern bowl design add style will add elegance to any setting. Our neighbor just got this bowl fire pit for here deck and she loves it.

Diameter – 30-Inches, Height – 18-Inches; Fuel Type – Natural Gas

Heavy Duty GFRC Construction – Handcrafted glass fiber reinforced concrete ensures a durable, one of a kind fire feature

GFRC stands for glass-fiber reinforced concrete. It’s just as strong and durable as traditional concrete, yet much lighter in weight. It’s often used in decorative applications and to create architectural elements and looks right in place on any lake house or patio deck.




Outdoor Great Room Uptown Crystal Fire Pit Table with Tile Top and Rectangular Burner, Brown

Wood Deck Installation: No base required

 

What makes it great:
You can’t go wrong with any of the high end fire pits we have reviewed for you here However, I must say, that if the Crystal had been available when we bought ours, this would have been my choice. I just can say enough goo about this one, and I understand some don’t care for the look, but I personally think it is the bomb!

Key features:

  • Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table with 12 x 42 inch Crystal Fire Burner
  • Brown Stucco Base with Brown Supercast Concrete Top
  • Propane (LP) Ready; Natural Gas conversion kit included; 88,000 BTU
  • Includes 16 pounds of Diamond colored fire glass; Push Button Igniter
  • Rectangular; 24 x 48 x 65 inches; UL Listed; Has Propane Tank Storage
  • THEY EVEN OFFER FREE SHIPPING

 

So that is our list of the top five fire pits for 2020. However I did want to share with you a deal worth your consideration. One of our readers just moved into their lake home and they were looking for a fire pit and outdoor furniture. She ran upon a deal I wanted to make sure 4theLake.com readers where aware of, so here it is. She got this entire set up for less than $2,000.

COSIEST 8 Piece Propane Firepit Table Wicker Sectional Sofa,Chocolate Brown Patio Set w 42-inch Round Bronze Fire Table (50,000 BTU), Wind Guard and Tank Outside (20 Gallon) for your lake house.

 

 

What makes it great:
Isn’t if obvious, I am not a cheap but for less than two grand, are you kidding me?

High net worth Individuals will feel right at home on this luxurious sectional! Two corner chairs, four armless chairs, and a spacious coffee table all built from sturdy rust-resistant powder-coated steel and hand-woven in chic chocolate brown all-weather synthetic PE resin wicker. The ultramodern dark bronze fire pit and a hideaway tank table are both built to last from sturdy, fire retardant magnesium oxide.

Key features:
Easy Set up.  This set includes a free toolkit, instructions and everything needed for 2 people to assemble the sofa set in an hour to an hour-and-a-half tops. Do not worry about the fire pit, it comes assembled! One year warranty on select parts and full replacement or refund on any defective parts. You don’t have to worry about a thing with COSIEST Outdoor Furniture because they are always a phone call away and eager to help

 

 

 

WITH THE RIGHT GAS FIRE PIT, EVEN YOUR LAKE HOUSE DECK CAN BECOME A HOT SPOT!

If you’ve been thinking about installing a gas fire pit on your deck, here are a few things you need to keep in mind:

What are the clearance requirements? Check the fire pit owner’s manual for clearance requirements. This will help you determine which fire pits are best for your deck and if you will need a non-combustible base. Generally, you will need a minimum of 3 feet of clearance from the sides of the fire pit and 6 feet above the burner, though some fire pits may require more.

A note on clearance requirements: All fire pits require a certain amount of space between the open flames and surrounding combustible materials. These are known as clearance requirements or clearance to combustibles.

Does your city allow fire pits on decks? You’ll need to check your local city ordinances to find out if a fire pit is approved for installation on your deck, or even in your backyard. Every city has different requirements for clearance to combustibles and which fuel types are okay to use in residential outdoor spaces, so it’s essential that you check these before you purchase a fire pit.

How much do you want to spend? Determining your budget up front will help you narrow down the list of gas fire pits you have picked out. It will also help to influence the type of ignition system you choose (manual or automatic), and if a custom-made fire pit is right for you.

Natural Gas or Liquid Propane? Decide which source of gas you want to use. Read up on the benefits of natural gas and propane here to help you choose.

 

The Best Value & Fire Pit Deals (Under $1,000)

 

OK, OK, I’ll admit that gas fire pits don’t really have a “season” in most areas of the world they can be enoyed pretty much any day of the year (as long as it’s not raining outside). But towards the end of summer is an especially great time to gather round the hearth, when your cheeks are sun-kissed from a day on the lake and the chilly night is setting in. Close your eyes and picture it: You, your friends and family, a cozy light sweater, maybe a glass of wine and lots of lots of conversation around the fire. Aaaahhhhh. Honestly these are memories that can never be replaced once their lost.

So we tested a slew of the best-rated, most-reviewed gas fire pits to determine which ones not only look beautiful, but are also relatively easy to assemble and sturdy enough to give you a decade’s worth of fireside chats. Granted if you are not particularity handy with tools, no problem. We hired a local handy man on Angies List, he had us up and operational in less than a couple of hours an only charged us $50. We decided to go with a gas pit. Why did we go the gas route? Mainly because though they’re versatile, wood-burning pits involve more work on our part (carrying the logs! replacing the logs!) — and don’t even get me started on the smoke and how the wind blows at the lake. I still like a good bond fire from time to time but a outdoor fire pit is something you can enjoy night after night. The only manual labor required is pushing a button.

So below you will find our picks of the best value for the money, fire pits deals you will find when investing in a fire pit. I say investing because in my mind, I sold my husband on the fact were were investing in family and husband and wife memories. He may have doubted me, but he would agree now. Some of our experiences outside on the deck around the fire pit will last a life time.


Outland Living Fire Table

First off, this table is a classy and sure to be the eye catching element of your outdoor space. (And if you’ve already got an espresso-hued resin wicker patio set, it will complement those pieces perfectly!)

Secondly, it’s a powerhouse. No propane lines to run because this gem conveniently conceals a five-gallon propane tank (not included) within the table, which provides up to 16 hours of smoke-free flame.

Third, The assembly was probably a 2 out of 10 in terms of difficulty — it took under an hour for me to personally build, and the instructions were surprisingly clear and easy to understand.

The end result is a sturdy, beautiful looking fire feature that will elevate your lake deck experience. Bonus: For a little added drama, consider purchasing the glass wind fence to maintain the flame (or keep kiddos’ hands away) and add adds even more flair to the table.


 

 

Blue Rhino Endless Summer Outdoor Firebowl

If you love the look of logs, but don’t want the hassle of gathering logs and of course the smoke, then this is the pit for you. With its rustic slate-and-marble top, this “fire bowl” blows a strong and steady flame from via lava rocks and faux logs, heating approximately 150 square feet of space—perfect for a small deck patio. All in all, assembly takes roughly a few hours (A little of 3 for me) and you have to rely on instructions comprised mainly of images, which means you really have to FOCUS and to be fair I had 3 kids running around when I assembled this. But the result is an incredibly well-made table that’s the exact opposite of flimsy. This is a sturdy, sturdy, fire table. Note: The pit top is super heavy and heats up fast, so you will want to place snacks, cheese plates and wine bottles on a nearby side table.


Heininger Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit

Don’t want to deal with the smoke and mess of a wood-burning fire feature… but also want a pit that’s portable? Then Heininger is the option for you. Whether you’re looking to move it from one side of your deck to the other to catch a better view of the milky way or you want to throw it in the back of the car for an impromptu BBQ down the street, this portable Heiminger is the ticket.

It’s lightweight (only 22 pounds) and easy to carry given its slight dimensions. The kit comes with 10 feet of hose, so safely tuck your propane tank out of sight and away from the crowd. Bonus: The pit’s metal ring base doesn’t get hot — so you don’t have to worry about it scorching you deck. Oh, and did we mention the price? Let’s just say at the time we are righting this article this can be a you lake house in a couple of days for less than $175.


Bond Mondavi Gas Firebowl

If you want to eschew the standard square or rectangle fire table, Bond’s Mondavi bowl is what you’re looking for. Rustic and modern all in one., the pit has a pulse ignition and gives out a massive 70,000 BTUs of heat and is big enough to keep up to eight or so people warm and cozy on brisk fall evenings. Set up is a cinch and shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes — it mainly involves pulling the bowl out of the box. Be ready though, It’s heavy and cumbersome at 80 pounds and 36-inches wide!) after you fill it with rocks. A 10-foot regulator hose is included, but as many reviewers noted, the included lava rocks aren’t enough to fill the bowl, so you might want to buy an extra bag with this purchase. A friend of mine has this, the just drilled a hole in their wood deck for the tube and keep their propane for this bowl, below their deck.

 


Best Choice Products Aluminum Gas Outdoor Fire Pit Table With Cover

Perhaps the most elegant in design on our list of fire pits and tables under $100. This best price we have seen on this table is in the $1,250 rage. So why it doesn’t fit our less than $1,000 goal, this table is so elegant and functional I wanted to make sure our reader where aware of it. It is one of the most popular fire tables in the world, you may have seen this outside Marriott hotels around the world. (and the most universally compatible with your existing outdoor furniture), this aluminum-paneled pit is dual-purpose thanks to the lid that allows it to also function as a table when the fire feature isn’t being used. We like that it conceals the propane tank within its frame and is super sturdy once assembled. (Total build time was roughly two hours.) Bonus: Cover is included with the purchase.

 

Best Gas Fire Pit – A look at Some of the Top Models Available in 2020

Next I would like to take a deep dive into some of the top rated Gas Fire Pits for this year. Some we have already touched on, but in this section we want to make sure we answer every question you will have before making your buying decision today. We understand the every reader of 4 the Lake is different. You all have different budgets, size decks, and reasons for wanting to add or replace your fire pit. So yes, a couple of these pits I have already shared with you and quite frankly many people have already made their purchase before they get to this section of the article. However if you are still undecided, I hope this deep dive will help you

We’ve made sure to include something for every need and budget, and go into detail on what we like about each unit, and who they are best suited to depending on various needs and desires. So I have asked my husband to write this part of the article for you. He will share thoughts from a man’s perspective because I know many women will be sharing this article with their husbands.

Hi I’m Ben and I am Veronica’s better half 🙂

Let’s do this!

 



Heininger Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit

Having played around with chimeneas in the past, I was looking for something more compact. Something I could easily put in my trunk for a weekend fishing trip or late-night football game. A portable gas fire pit like this one from Heininger would be ideal. It’s even pretty enough for my
wife to allow it on the patio.
Heininger 5995 58,000 BTU Portable Propane...

First Impressions and What’s in the Box

For something a little bit fancier than your average fire pit, the Heininger boasts a gorgeous copper/bronze color. The design features of this portable product would look just as good at home, on an elegant patio or deck.

Inside the box, you will find the Heininger 5995 fire bowl, a 10-foot propane hose, propane stabilizer ring and a set of decorative rocks. With everything except a tank in the box, it’s ready to hook up to your nearest tank, for instant warmth.

Manufacturer’s Specs

  • 19-inch diameter, all-weather product.
  • 58,000 BTU.
  • 10-foot hose included.
  • Weighs 22 pounds.
  • RV campground approved (No I am not an RV guy)

Mobility/Portability

At just 22 pounds in weight, the Heininger is very easy to pick up and carry to your campsite. With a 19-inch diameter bowl and standing just over a foot tall, it’s easy to store or place in the trunk of your car. I like this for fall fishing.

The light weight makes it ideal for moving around your deck or when the party moves away from the house. It’s just as easy to carry in your arms for an impromptu party down the street.

Warranty

One-year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

Ignition System

This model from Heininger uses a manual ignition. You will need to carry a box of matches or lighter when using this fire pit. However, a gas regulator allows you to control the flow of gas easily, to avoid flare-ups as you ignite.

Output (BTUs)

58,000 BTUs provides plenty of heat for keeping you nice and toasty. The smaller 19-inch diameter of the ring may, however, struggle to keep a whole patio of guests warm. You would probably need a few of these for that task.

Safety

A smokeless flame is ideal for those areas which forbid fires. This gas fire pit has even been designated as safe by RV campgrounds across the states. We really like the bright flame it burns with, as a warning to any kids or animals who may be nearby.

As a bonus, the pit’s metal base ring won’t get hot and scorch your garden or burn the patio. When turned off, you won’t need to wait long before storing it away.

Propane Tank Size

A 20-pound propane tank will last eight to 12 hours, depending on the flame setting you use.

What We Like

  • Ready to use out of the box.
  • Stunning bronze and copper design that Veronica really liked.
  • Lightweight and easy to carry.
  • Compact enough to stow in your trunk.
  • Sturdy stand also doubles as a handle.
  • Metal base ring doesn’t get hot.
  • The 10-foot hose allows propane tank to be tucked safely away.

What We Don’t Like

  • Manual ignition can be a pain
  • Some users report the flames don’t burn as high as seen on pictures, and I agree.
  • A tight-fitting lid for transportation costs extra which is ridiculous, it should come with that lid out of the box.

If you’re a fan of tailgating or enjoy camping, this portable gas fire pit is ideal. The compact size will fit in the smallest of trunks, even in smaller cars. For more information on this popular product, you can click here:

Blue Rhino Outdoor Propane Gas Fire Pit (Blue Fireglass)

Maybe you just want to sit outside with your your spouse enjoying a chilled glass of wine. The Blue Rhino table is a beast. It will sure the only thing that is chilled will be the wine. The Blue Rhino puts out the heat! ( I think that sentence is clever, Veronic called it corny. so tell her I’m clever. The bottom line, cleaver or corny it’s the truth. The Blue Rhino brings the heart!

 

 

First Impressions and What’s in the Box

The Blue Rhino arrives requiring assembly. Although it may look like a big job, clear instructions are provided, along with all the tools and screws you will need. Essentially, you are only putting together the bottom stand, which generally takes less than an hour. It is evident to me, these guys are pros.

The top portion is made of one large slate piece, with the burner plate going in the middle. A gas hose is attached to the burner of the table and includes a dial, which you push to ignite the fire pit which I really appreciate.

The bottom part of the table is made of steel, not stainless steel, with a slate top. Although it will hide and protect the propane tank, steel will rust, and the slate can wear down and break away. The included plastic cover should be put over the whole table unit if you plan on keeping it outside. Depending on where you live, you may want to cover it in Winter Time.

Manufacturer’s Specs

  • 30,000 BTUs.
  • Square black steel fire bowl.
  • Solid steel panels that cover a 20-pound propane tank (not included).
  • Twelve pounds of fire glass included.
  • Plastic cover included.
  • Piezo ignition and safety valve, for an easy
  • Table dimensions: 30 inches by 30 inches by 24 inches.
  • Weight: 70 pounds.

Mobility/Portability

At 70 pounds, this table is not designed to be a portable fire pit. With a 20-pound propane tank inside, it will be even heavier, with no wheels on the unit for mobility. It can be moved, but this is designed as a set and forget table.

Warranty

One-year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

Ignition System

Under the top burner plate, stowed away in the propane tank storage compartment, is a safety valve and piezo ignition which is just lovely.

Switching the fire pit on is as easy as just turning the dial and pressing in the dial to ignite, much like a gas grill. At least it should be – some owners have reported the piezo ignition sometimes fails to light and requires manual lighting with matches. Come to think of that, this is what I have to do with my gas grill from time to time.

Output (BTUs)

This Blue Rhino Fire Table is more about the looks than the warmth it offers.

Although the blue glass gives a nice glow to the flames, it doesn’t increase the heat offered. Only 30,000 BTUs but this table will keep you warm around the table. It is not going to warm up your entire deck, but if you are close to the deck you should be fine.

Safety

A safety valve ensures the user is in full control and offers protection in the event of a breakdown. The piezo ignition system can be safer when it’s working correctly.

Propane Tank Size

The under-table compartment will easily house one standard 20-pound propane tank. I also like that you don’t have to full with a customize size propane tank, because the 20 pound Rhinos are available everywhere.

What We Like

  • Quick to assemble.
  • Unit height of 24 inches is ideal to have a nice view of the table.
  • Blue fire glass beads produce smooth, beautiful flame accents.
  • Easy to operate, even if you have to light manually.
  • Ugly propane tank is completely hidden.
  • 30,000 BTU burner won’t eat too much fuel
  • Included plastic waterproof cover protects from the elements.

What We Don’t Like

  • Temperamental piezo ignition system in inconsistent.
  • Warmth doesn’t have too much reach as a larger more high end table.
  • No cover for just the burner, which would enable use as a table.

The Blue Rhino fire pit table is a good choice if you are in the market for an aesthetically pleasing product that doesn’t break the bank. Just remember, you are not buying this fire pit table for the warmth, but rather the ambiance it provides. For more details and the latest prices, click here:

 

Outland Firebowl 870 Premium Outdoor Portable Gas Fire Pit With Cover & Carry Kit

Fall is a great time to go camping, the changing colors of nature can be quite striking. However, as many areas now have campfire bans, how are you meant to keep warm?

This compact fire bowl from Outland offers a safe to use, spark-free propane campfire, which is compact for easy transportation.

Outland Firebowl 870 Premium Outdoor Portable...

 

First Impressions and What’s in the Box

A complete fire pit comes in the box, including a locking lid and strap with a handle for easy transportation. The 19-inch bowl is made of a durable, high-quality steel with protective enamel finish for longevity. A superior stainless-steel burner and fasteners will provide some rust-proofing.

A 10-foot hose is fitted with a fully adjustable valve, and a chrome knob for altering the flame height. The fire bowl is CSA approved, for use with the 4.4-pound lava rock set, which is provided to enhance the flickering flame effect.

Manufacturer’s Specs

  • 58,000 BTU.
  • CSA approved.
  • 19-inch diameter.
  • Dimensions: 19 inches by 19 inches by 11 inches.
  • 24.5 pounds in weight.
  • Includes cover and carry kit.
  • Natural gas conversion kit (CSA approved) available.

Mobility/Portability

At 24.5 pounds, this fire pit has been designed to be ultra-portable. The included handle uses fasteners that wrap around the entire thing for easier carrying. The locking lid ensures none of the lava rocks escape mid-trip.

Warranty

One-year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

Ignition System

It comes with a matchless, piezo twist-and-start ignition system. Once it has been lit, you can adjust how large or small you want the flames to be.

Output (Btus)

With 58,000 BTUs of heating power, the heat output of this fire pit is excellent, especially when you use it at the highest setting. You could quite easily feel the warmth from it when standing eight to 10 feet away.

To get even more people around the warmth, you could consider one with an even larger diameter. The Outland 883 Mega Outdoor Propane Gas Fire Pit features a 24-inch diameter bowl, with 75 percent more surface area. Another quality product from Outland, you could easily get another three or four people around the pit.

Safety

Like other portable fire pits we’ve looked at, the Outland 870 features a 10-foot hose as standard. Keeping your propane tank as far away as possible from the flames is one of the biggest safety precautions you can take. A natural gas conversion kit is available as an extra purchase, for safely connecting to a mains gas line.

Propane Tank Size

The hose supplied as standard is designed to be used with a 20-pound propane tank. I really like this for reasons stated previously.

What We Like

  • Lightweight and portable, including a lid and carry kit which comes with this standard.
  • 58,000 BTU.
  • Superior heat output and low height allow you to feel the heat more.
  • CSA approved fire bowl.
  • Quality steel construction with sleek black enamel finish.
  • Burns clean and smokeless.
  • Lava rocks enhance a flickering effect.
  • Easy to light manual ignition.
  • Great Value at around $150

What We Don’t Like

  • Enamel coating can chip easily so if you invest in this one, just expect it.
  • Exposed steel could rust easily again it will happen, but what do you expect for around $150 ?

The Outland range of portable gas fire pits is a popular choice among the outdoor adventure community. However, that doesn’t mean they are just limited to the campers among us, they give out enough heat for gatherings on your deck too.

To find out more about the Outland Premium 870, click here:

 

 

Christopher Knight Home Outdoor Square Stone Gas Fire Pit

It’s not all about the camping, sometimes you just want a gas fire pit which fits the style of your back deck.

No fancy glass, no wooden aluminum effects, only a stone finish which blends perfectly on your patio. The Crawford gas fire pit from Christopher Knight Hfurniture will look as if it has been built specifically for your home.

 

 

First Impressions and What’s in the Box

Supplied in just one piece, no assembly is required. The square base, which stores the propane tanks, has been constructed from blocks of bricks made with steel and magnesium oxide.

The top and bottom of this stylish pit have been streamlined with grey steel, for added elegance. At the middle of the pit is a burner, covered with lava rocks for added effect. A smart control panel lies on the exterior, underneath the top surface, with full instructions.

Included in the box is the gas fire pit construction, including hose and regulator attachments, and a waterproof table cover.

Manufacturer’s Specs

  • 40,000 BTU.
  • Lava rocks included.
  • Dimensions: 32 inches by 32 inches by 24 inches.
  • Materials used: magnesium oxide and steel.
  • No assembly required.
  • battery-operated electric ignition.

Mobility/Portability

At 162 pounds, this isn’t a gas fire pit you’re going to be moving about too often.

Warranty

One-year manufacturer’s warranty included as standard.

 

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Ignition System

A battery-operated, push button, electric ignition system is easy to use and reliable. Next to the ignition button, a large chrome-plated knob allows you to control the intensity of heat and size of the flame.

Output (BTUs)

With 40,000 BTUs, this decorative fire pit table will definitely keep those seated around it warm.

At two feet high, the heat will dissipate in surrounding areas but won’t be too far-reaching. You certainly won’t heat the full patio area with only one of these attractive units. If yo have a deck you may want to consider one of these on each end, just depending on how you plan on using your pit.

Safety

Both the ignition and control valve are easy to reach, on the outside of the brick construction. It’s much quicker than having to open a hidden door every time you need to alter the flame & heat setting.

Full printed instructions on the control plate, in English and French, ensure safe operation at all times.

Propane Tank Size

The under burner storage compartment is a snug fit for a 20-pound propane tank. I am partial to standard 20-pound tanks

What We Like

  • Heat output of 40,000 BTUs.
  • Can run for up to 20 hours on a single propane tank.
  • Attractive design will enhance any traditional patio.
  • Easy to use, with full instructions on the side of the pit.

What We Don’t Like

  • No windshield, with flames being easily pushed over.
  • Limited heating range, which only reaches smaller places.
  • Cover provided is for full construction – no table top cover for use as a table when unlit.

For that home-built look, this gas fire pit from Christopher Knight Home is ideal, and it comes already assembled. An intuitive design made from durable materials offers an excellent heating output for guests seated around it.

To find out more about this stunning piece of outdoor furniture, click here:

Camp Chef FP40 Fire Pit Table With Fire Glass & Lid

Packing a separate table and a gas fire pit into the back of your RV can be cumbersome, and that’s where this 2-in-1 product may be ideal for those weekends away, and doesn’t weigh too much either. A stylish coffee table by day, heat warming pit by night

First Impressions and What’s in the Box

Unassembled but easy-to-follow instructions allow for simple construction. An access door enables the propane tank to be stowed away in the table. A burner pit is supplied with an attached hose and regulator. The black fire glass is provided and allows for a beautiful flame, with a glowing eye pleasing “bed of ashes” effect.

I like the fact that the Camp Chef includes a lid as part of the package, which uses the same penny vein coated steel, to enables this pit to be used as a coffee table. The small rectangular footprint is ideal for placing alongside a sofa.

Manufacturer’s Specs

  • 40,000 BTU.
  • Weight: 65.5 pounds
  • Overall dimensions: 40 inches by 19.5 inches by 24 inches.
  • Powder coated steel with penny vein finished top.

Mobility/Portability

At nearly 70 pounds, this isn’t a “pick up and go” portable gas fire pit.

Although, it’s not too heavy or large to put in the back of your truck for a camping weekend or store in the RV. Welded metal legs, rather than wheels on the base can make it harder to move around.

Warranty

One-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Ignition System

A matchless, push-and-turn piezo ignition is easy and safe to use.

Output (Btus)

40,000 BTUs will easily keep guests warm when sat around the table.

Safety

The matchless ignition and safety shut-off valve ensure the fire pit is both practical and easy to use. Legs on the base of the unit make the table safe to use on wooden deckings or grass.

Propane Tank Size

The compartment under the table provides ample storage for a 20-pound propane tank. Camp Chef can also supply as, or convert this table to, a natural gas model at their warehouse.

What We Like

  • Wooden style finish makes an attractive centerpiece.
  • Ideal size for placing in front of an outdoor sofa.
  • Table insert allows it to be used as a table, and offers space for drinks when unlit.
  • Easy to light matchless ignition, with fully adjustable heat control knob.
  • Stunning burning ashes effect.

What We Don’t Like

  • Table insert cover isn’t waterproof, so definitely invest in a cover if the feature is to be left outside.
  • Lightweight metal used can dent easily.
  • Not easily moved, with legs instead of wheels.

A small and compact design, the Camp Chef Monterey can be used either on your patio or that next weekend camping trip. The versatility offered by the table insert which covers the fire pit means you are getting a beautiful piece of outdoor furniture too.

Click here to find out more about this slimline and compact product.

Az Patio Heaters Gas Fire Pit, Antique Bronze Finish

Finding something that matches your patio can often be hard. The antique bronze finish of this AZ Patio gas fire pit table will look elegant on almost any outdoor deck or patio. A matching table top cover turns it into an attractive table when not being used as a heat source. You’ll love this Table fire pit.

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First Impressions and What’s in the Box

New and improved “ISTA 3A certified packaging” ensures this kit arrives in a safe and secure delivery. Assembly takes about one hour, with all tools provided, although a socket set could speed things up. A 30-inch table top attaches to a sturdy base unit, all made with an elegant bronze-colored steel.

Easy access doors open to a compartment which stores a standard propane tank and the integrated piezo ignition system, with an adjustable flame control knob. Also included in the box are clear chunks of fire glass, to cover the burner. A provided cover features the same bronze-styled steel.

Manufacturer’s Specs

  • 40,000 BTUs.
  • 38-inch square table top, 28 inches tall.
  • Antique bronze effect steel construction.
  • Thermocouple flame failure device fitted.
  • Fire glass 17-inch pit in center of table
  • Includes matching steel cover for use as a table.

Mobility/Portability

At over 100 pounds, this fire pit table is designed as a semi-permanent feature. A lack of wheels makes it hard to move when the propane tank is stored in the under-counter compartment.

Warranty

One-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Ignition System

A battery-operated pulse ignition system is easy to use.

Output (Btus)

40,000 BTUs of heat are delivered to a 15-foot diameter.

Safety

CSA approved, the burner features a thermocouple failure device for maximum safety.

Propane Tank Size

Space is provided for a 20-pound tank of liquid propane.

What We Like

  • Compact and durable.
  • Attractive antique bronze finish.
  • Extra safety features included.
  • Easy access door for stowing propane tank.
  • Insert table top cover included. (Comes with unit, not sold separately)

What We Don’t Like

  • Not all-weather or stain resistant.
  • No stand cover provided, so steel may rust quickly.

This outdoor propane fire pit features a bronze finish which can complement any outdoor patio furniture. The matching cover enables the use of an elegant table in the warmer summer months, or a fire pit when fall arrives. Added clear fire glass ensures it looks warm too.

 

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Bali Outdoors Firepit LP Gas Fireplace 28” Square Table

 

First Impressions and What’s in the Box

The Bali Outdoors gas fire pit arrives securely packaged in the box, with full detailed assembly instructions. The Bali was easy to assemble, it comes with all the tools and parts you need to get it up and running. The box also includes a set of lava rocks, giving a more elegant look and work as a great heat insulator.

It features a modern look with a matte black finished steel construction. Distressed edges offer a rustic look, with a spacious cabinet that will hold the propane tank and other accessories. Unfortunately, no cover is provided with the standard unit.

Manufacturer’s Specs

  • 50,000 BTUs.
  • 25 inches tall, with a 28-inch wide square gas fire pit table top.
  • Hidden control panel with electronic ignition.
  • Includes lava rocks.
  • All steel construction, stainless steel burner.
  • Weight 70 pounds.

Mobility/Portability

At 70 pounds, this table style fire pit is not designed as a portable unit. With no wheels, moving it can be difficult, especially when it contains the propane tank.

Warranty

One-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Ignition System

A hidden control panel features a battery-operated electronic ignition and a safety valve for easy lighting.

Output (BTUs)

50,000 BTUs provide more heat than many similar gas fire pit tables with lower rated burners.

The lava rocks act as insulation and can help maintain the heat at lower settings, for more efficient gas consumption. You could add fire glass for extra ambiance, which also helps reflect the heat.

Safety

With the tank tucked away in the spacious cabinet below, there’s less chance of anyone tripping over the hose. Although, if you have younger children the flame has no protection features, with the table at a potentially dangerous height for kids.

Propane Tank Size

The compartment has enough space for a 20-pound propane tank, while still allowing plenty of airflow. You could even fit a spare tank in the compartment, too.

What We Like

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Stylish modern design.
  • Hidden control panel improves aesthetics but is easy to reach.
  • Electronic ignition and safety valve.
  • Powerful 50,000 BTU stainless steel burners.
  • Durable matte black steel.
  • Lava rocks add flame effect and heat insulation.
  • Wallet-friendly price.

What We Don’t Like

  • Tabletop cover insert must be purchased as extra.
  • No protection from flames for younger children.
  • Steel will rust if left uncovered in the elements.

For the more modern backyard, this contemporary gas fire pit can add ambiance and warmth to any gathering. A smaller pit opening on the top of the square table top allows for higher flames.

At a lower price than many comparable products, you could even dot a few around your garden for more effect. You can find more details of this stylish, contemporary product here:

 

 

What is a Gas Fire Pit?

A gas fire pit is a decorative feature, traditionally found in your garden or backyard to provide warmth.

Although the word “pit” suggests a large hole in the ground, many modern gas fire pits are free-standing decorative constructions. Some designs can be recessed into tables which provides protection from the flames. Others have glass panes that surround them.

Portable gas fire pits resemble the propane burners used at Thanksgiving for deep frying the turkey. A round metal construction uses a concave bowl or basket with a burner at the base connected by a hose to a propane tank. Some events have their propane tanks stored away in cabinets.

Ideal for sitting around as a campfire, they are a common choice for lake decks being easy to move to where needed most.

Benefits of Gas Over Wood Burning Fire Pits?

Gas fire pits offer the ultimate in convenience for homeowners. They are much quicker to light than wood fires and don’t need constant refueling.

Quickstart ignition systems found on modern gas fire pits, ensure you can light them instantly. As quick as they are to start up, they can also turn off quickly, for safety and energy saving.

Gas fire pits are less messy to use, with no wood to be handled and no clearing up. If you’re camping, you no longer have to waste time collecting firewood. At home, just make sure you have gas, either natural or liquid propane.

They also offer a safer heat form, with no unpredictable sparks. Therefore, they are ideal for use on the deck.

Furthermore, If you live in an area which prohibits the burning of wood, a gas fire pit is a simple solution. Both natural gas and liquid propane are clean-burning fuels, ideal for those with allergies or smoke sensitivities.

Are There any Downsides of a Gas Fire Pit?

That clean-burning propane or natural gas can also be one of the biggest downfalls of a gas fire pit. If you choose a propane model, there’s always the chance it could run out mid-party. (However, if you also have a propane gas grill, you can ‘borrow’ the fuel from there to tide you over if need be.)

Also, with natural gas, once the line has been laid, you won’t find it easy to move the fire pit. Gas lines can be expensive to install, so portability is limited compared to wood fired or coal options. If you have a permanent location in mind, you are way ahead of the game. Most fire bits use 20 gallon propane tanks that are easy to find at most grocery stores and other business locations.

Many people would argue you lose the romance of a campfire when using gas instead of wood. You can, however, obtain decorative, often ceramic, logs, which add to the visual appeal. Other models may use rocks or colored glass pebbles for a decorative effect. If those people are truthful they would probably admit that hot smoke rolling up your nose is not exactly romantic.

Finally, if cooking over your fire pit, you lose the depth of flavor that you get with wood or charcoal-burning pits. Nothing compares to that BBQ taste you only get with those grills. Most gas fire pits haven’t been designed with cooking in mind, however, and you will probably need to buy a separate grate or rotisserie. Personally I wouldn’t even consider trying to cook on a fire pit table.

What to Look for When Choosing the Best Gas Fire Pit

Not all gas fire pits are created equal. Design, build quality and features can vary greatly between different models. Her’es what you want to look for when choosing the best models to fit your needs. We have covered as many details and things for you to think about as possible.

What are the best Size, Style, And Design for Gas Fire Pits?

Gas fire pits come in many shapes and sizes. The design and style can simply be a choice of elegance or function. If it’s to be used in your backyard, will it also be pleasing to the eye, as well as an effective source of heat?

Semi-permanent gas fire pits will normally be made from metal or stone. Faux-brick or a wooden effect finish can be used to make the metal casings more attractive.

Those styled as a table look elegant and provide extra table space when entertaining. Plus, they keep the propane gas tank bottle hidden away and safe.

Concerning size, you also have to consider not just the physical footprint the firepit will have, but clear space required around it. People have to be able to sit around or near the firepit, without being so close that they get burned. Some decks are just too small to have a firepit. In this case, the solution might be to check out the best tabletop patio heaters instead 😉

The Best Tips for Portability / Mobility Propane Fire Pits

Remember if you are looking for a unit that you can take with you camping or fishing, you are going to need to bring a propane tank with you as well.

Gas is the safe choice over wood as a fuel, being less likely to result in a campsite or forest fire. Some campsites, however, may have a complete ban on all open fires. Check their regulations before you light anything up!

When you wander into a hardware store or search online for a gas fire pit, you will be bombarded with the number of BTUs each pit offers. The BTU, or British thermal unit, is a measurement of how much gas you use, but also usually means a higher heat output.

As a reference point, high-end grills will feature burners around the 25,000 BTU mark. For a gas fire pit, 40,000 BTUs or more is a good starting point. Gas fire pits need to heat a larger area, but you don’t want to toast your guests.

Hopefully this article is answering your most common questions. Honestly, I cannot imagine going to a big box store with a truck and trying to buy a Fire Pit and bring it hope. We just ordered our the day before we got to our lake house and two days later it was delivered. The handy man came and had everything hooked up and operational within two hours the next day. I believe there is something to be said for convenience. I actually never touched the box, UPS set it on the porch and the handy man and his assistant had it operational in a couple of hours.

Ignition System

The next thing to consider is how you want to ignite or turn on your gas fire pit. The ignition can affect both convenience and safety.

There are, in general, three different ignition systems to choose from. Let’s take a look at each in turn.

Match Light Ignition for Fire Pits

The most basic form of ignition tends to be the old-fashioned match system, found on many of the less expensive burners.

A gas shut-off valve is manually controlled with a key, which allows gas to flow to the burner. You then manually light the burner with a match, or some form of oven lighter, simply turning off the valve when finished.

Spark Ignition

A more modern system is the spark, or piezo ignition system, similar to those found on many gas grills.

A small push button will send a manual spark to the surface of your burner, which ignites the gas.

Electronic Ignition

Normally only found on high-end gas fire pits, an electronic ignition allows for an easy flick of a switch. Some can even be operated by remote control for convenience.

Many electric ignitions use battery power, eliminating the need for an external power source.

Safety Features

As fire pits have become more popular, unfortunately, so have the number of injuries caused by them. At least 5,300 injuries related to fire pits or other outdoor heaters were treated at emergency rooms across the US in 2017.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, that’s nearly three times the amount of reported injuries in 2008. In general these number relate more to the overall growing popularity of fire pits.

You should always check that your gas fire pit has been certified as safe by an independent product safety certification company, like Underwriters Laboratories. Commonly called UL, “UL” listing can assure you that your equipment will withstand outdoor elements and other potential dangers.

Furthermore, the Canadian Standards Association and the American National Standards Institute have a harmonized standard, which fire pits must meet.

An emergency shut-off valve should always be found on the burner, or at least the hose going to the burner.

If the burner uses external propane tanks, ensure the hose is long enough for safe storage of the tank. If the fire pit is designed to be filled with decorative logs, ensure there is a mesh covering to prevent blocking the nozzles.

Tank Size

The size of the burner ring will determine what size propane tank you need. Many manufacturers will specify a standard 20-pound tank, with the largest compatible ring being 20 inches in diameter. Larger rings will need more gas supply, from a larger tank or natural gas.

If you want a flame that burns brighter and can be seen even in daylight, liquid propane is your best choice. There are none of the installation costs associated with natural gas, as you don’t have to hire a certified gas installer. An LP tank also gives you more freedom to move the fire pit or table around with ease.

Build Quality and Durability

If your gas fire pit is going to be a year-round feature which stays out on your deck or in your garden, look for long lasting materials. Stone can be very durable for the exterior, but a cover could help protect the burner and any other exterior metal parts. A good quality cover will also allow you to use the fire pit as a table when the fire is not lit.

Steel or stainless steel will tend to last longer and offer more protection from the elements. The interior section closest to the flame should be made of a good quality heat-resistant metal, like porcelain, aluminum or steel. Before we even review a fire pit we consider the materials it is constructed from. Low quality materials do not make our list.

Warranty

Most gas fire pits will come with a standard one-year parts and service warranty.

Providing it’s been installed and used correctly, the manufacturer will service any faults under warranty. You can often contact the manufacturer directly to check if the burner unit has an extended warranty available.

Price and Value

It’s no surprise that some gas fire pits can get very expensive. But there are plenty of smaller, more affordable models available, which still offer the convenience of gas. It just depends on what you are looking for, the amount of space you have and your budget.

Are you looking for something your family and friends can gather around at home? Or do you need a portable product for other outdoor adventures?

Portable fire pits will offer better value and more versatility. There’s no stopping you from setting it up on your deck at home. In fact this is what many of our readers are looking for.

Models that use natural gas are usually more expensive, although many propane models can be converted. As you are less likely to be moving a natural gas fire pit, it may be worth spending that little extra for one that is more durable.

Installation of a gas line can also be expensive, although natural gas is likely to be much cheaper than propane refills in the long run.

Things to Look for and What to Avoid

Steer clear of cheaper products which use less robust materials, especially if it’s to be left outdoors. At the very least, you will want a quality stainless steel burner which won’t rust or corrode and become a danger, and fall apart in a few years.

Avoid burner units which don’t feature a stable footing. Pets or children can often trip or knock over an unstable fire pit. If it’s is going to be used on your new decking, or outdoors when camping, avoid those with metal legs that might conduct heat.

Gas Fire Pit FAQS

How Long Does a Gas Fire Pit Last?

Most gas fire pits which use a standard 20-pound propane tank will give up to 12 hours of warmth. Obviously, the higher the BTUs of the burner, the more gas it will consume, much like your gas grill.

Using your burner at the highest flame setting will also reduce the runtime, with some 50,000+ BTU burners only lasting four hours at higher settings.

How Many Btus do I Need for a Gas Fire Pit?

More BTUs naturally means more heating power. But how many BTUs you actually need depends on both the size of your burner and the type of gas used.

A burner up to 20 inches in diameter should offer enough warmth to an area with 40,000 BTUs or more. Many of the portable gas fire pits use up to 50,000 BTU for a powerful heat. Any less than 40,000 BTUs mean you are basically investing in something more for decoration than heating purposes. In a reason survey, eye appeal on their deck is the number one reason lake house owners indicated that they invest in fire pit table.

Do I Need a Regulator for a Natural Gas Fire Pit?

If a natural gas line runs to your fire pit, it will need to be appropriately regulated to supply the burner. How it is regulated will be up to the certified gas fitter you need to employ for the installation.

It’s essential you work with a gas professional who can install a regulator based on all the variables. You may hear an annoying whistling sound if the supply is not regulated correctly, but more importantly too much pressure can be a major fire risk.

A professional repair website further explains why you may need a regulator on a gas fire pit here. They refer to a natural gas grill, but the principles are the same for all natural gas outdoor appliances.

 

Will Pea Gravel Explode in a Fire Pit?

Many types of rock have the potential to explode, especially if they are porous or wet. Water and trapped air in a rock will turn into steam when placed near a fire, and the pressure may cause them to explode. Most experts would agree that you shouldn’t use porous rocks, like pea gravel, in your fire pit.

If you’re looking for an alternative filler material, hard rocks, like granite, slate or marble, are better choices. They are much denser, and less likely to absorb water and break apart or explode.

Flagstone and crushed stone are less expensive materials for your pit, and won’t retain moisture, unlike pea gravel.

Can I Put Fire Glass Over Lava Rock?

Lava rocks are generally much cheaper than fire glass. For deeper gas fire pits or fire bowls, there is no need to use fire glass in the part below the burner.

Putting a layer of large lava rocks at the base of your bowl can insulate much of the warmth of the burner. Smaller lava rocks should be placed on the top lava layer to prevent fire glass from slipping through larger spaces between the rocks. Don’t, however, try adding extra ventilation holes to the fire bowl, as this can be a fire risk.

How do You Increase the Flame of a Gas Fire Pit?

Many gas fire pits will come with a built-in dial which controls the height of the flames. Another way to increase the flames is to provide a better airflow. Make sure there is adequate space between decorative logs, lava rocks or fire glass beads.

Can Gas Fire Pits Run Continuously?

If you want an eternal flame in your backyard, you’re going to need a gas fire pit which runs on natural gas. For all-night parties or longer cold days, they can provide continuous warmth.

From a safety point of view, you should never leave a gas fire pit burning when unattended. Although there is little chance of the fire overheating, the naked flames can be a safety hazard. Young children or family pets should never be left unsupervised near one, or any source of naked flame.

We hope that the information covered in this article/guide has provided you the information you need to buy the perfect fire pit for your lake cabin. It is our hope that you and your family and friends experience many hours of enjoyment around your new fire pit. If you enjoy the content we share at www.4theLake.com please tell your lake loving friends about our site, we appreciate it.

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