Natural Gas Fire Pits vs. Wood Burning Fire Pits

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A fire pit can be a wonderful place to gather your family and friends during colder nights. When you're planning your backyard's design and choosing this entertainment centerpiece, you may wondering which is the better choice: a natural gas fire pit or a wood burning fire pit?

At Fire Pit Plaza, we are fans of both wood burning fire pits and natural gas fire pits (obviously), but we recommend that you choose what fire pit is best for your home by analyzing how you are going to use your fire pit and what you want out of your fire pit.

Wood Burning Fire Pits vs. Gas Fire Pits: Comparison Table

Below is a quick chart summarizing the pros and cons of both a wood burning fire pit and gas fire pit. For more in depth information, read on to learn about some factors to consider when choosing the right fire pit for your backyard oasis.

Wood Burning Fire Pit


  • Shorter installation time
  • Unique fire burning experience (crackling wood and look of fire)
  • More affordable options


  • Needs firewood storage area
  • More fire safety hazards
  • Harder to light fire
  • Not clean burning
  • Work to keep fire burning
  • Requires more maintenance - cleaning and extingushing

Gas Fire Pit


  • Cleaner burning
  • Less fire safety hazards
  • Quick and easy to light fire
  • Continous burning


  • Needs tank storage area
  • Longer installation time
  • More expensive options
  • Gas lines can leak (rarely)


When choosing between a natural gas fire pit or wood burning fire pit, there are a few factors to consider.

Fuel Availability - Firewood vs. Gas

If you choose a wood burning fire pit, you need to make sure there is plenty of firewood nearby so you can always enough fuel supply.

If you choose a gas fire pit, you need to consider whether or not your home already has a gas line in place for natural gas as your fuel type or that you have easy access to refilling a propane tank.

Fire Pit Installation Time

A wood burning fire pit is going to take much less time to install in your backyard than a natural gas fire pit. 

A wood burning fire pit can take 50-75% to install than a natural gas fire pit.

You also need to consider the time it will take to gather firewood , chop the firewood and store it.

Tank Storage vs. Firewood Storage

Depending on how often you plan on using your gas fire pit, you can have a propane tank anywhere from 15 gallons to 100 gallons, which requires storage tank.

You also have to consider that you won't want a propane tank just sitting around in the way or clashing with the look and design of your backyard so you will have to have a creative place to store it.

With a wood burning fire pit, you will need firewood that requires storage space somewhere on your property. You will want to have a place for storing your firewood that won't detract from your home's outdoor landscape and appearance. Make sure you do not stack your firewood near your house because firewood can sometimes harbor termites! Yikes!

Which is more convenient - a gas fire pit or wood burning fire pit?

When it comes to convenience, gas fire pits, whether it is a natural gas fire pit or a propane gas fire pit, win hands down. When using a natural gas fire pit, you can simply turn it on with the flip of a switch. You don't have to worry about having firewood nearby, storing wood or chopping up wood.

There is also no clean up to worry about after using your natural gas fire pit unlike when you use a wood burning fire pit. Not to mention, you won't smell like a chimney after sitting around a natural gas fire pit.

Which is safer a gas fire pit or a wood burning fire pit?

With a gas fire pit, you will have to consider the possibility of gas leaks, although this is very rare when a gas fire pit is installed professionally.

With a wood burning fire pit, you have to take safety measures with cutting firewood, stacking firewood, lighting a fire with firewood and extinguishing a fire. Check out more for fire pit safety guidelines here.

Which is more environmentally friendly - a gas fire pit or a wood burning fire pit?

Wood is a renewable resource, while gas is not. But, gas is a lot cleaner to burn than firewood, so as far as which one is more environmentally friendly - it's debatable.

One thing to consider is that if you have friends or family with asthma or breathing issues, gas is a much better option because there is no smoke to worry about.

We've given you some important factors to consider when you are deciding between a natural gas / propane gas fire pit or a wood burning fire pit. Ultimately, it comes down to personal choice. 

For some people, it is hard to beat the crackling sound of firewood burning of a wood burning fire pit despite any benefits a gas fire pit may have. While others prefer the convenience and clean burn of a gas fire pit.

wood burning vs gas fire pit

If you have any questions about which kind of fire pit may be right for you, we'd be happy to help - contact us or call us at 844-584-3473!

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