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Blog: Is a Wood or Gas Fire Pit Right for Me?

Copper Fire Pits from Watson's Fireplace & Patio in Baltimore


When it comes to choosing a wood or gas fire pit, it’s hard to say which one is the superior choice. Typically, it comes down to what the user’s preferences are with their fire pit experience. There’s already plenty to consider before adding a wood or gas fire pit to your outdoor living space. Another critical factor in your decision-making process should include examining your desired level of convenience and beauty that this feature can add to your backyard and patio. In order to make the choice that will bring you the most enjoyment, you should be aware of how a wood-burning and gas-burning fire pit differs from the other.

Wood Fire Pit

It’s hard to beat the authentic glow and flicker of a wood-burning fire. For apparent reasons, a wood fire pit lends the user a perfect set up to start a wood-burning fire with the real smokey effect and delicate crackles of charred logs. Wood fire pits are straightforward to set up and generally cost less than gas fire pits. What’s more, people who enjoy gathering around a real fire can interact with it much more than a gas-burning unit, adding more to the authenticity of the experience. Users can set up the logs, add more wood, and cook or grill over the flames. The downsides of wood fire pits can also be the extra effort needed to maintain your fire pit and fuel supply. Starting a real fire and ensuring it’s appropriately extinguished are some additional steps owners must commit to if they go with a wood fire pit.

Gas Fire Pit

Gas fire pits can be every bit as charming and lovely of an addition to a patio as a wood fire pit. Whereas real wood can create a more inviting fire, gas fire pit models come in several configurations that look more sophisticated than rustic. It’s a perfect piece to finish off a furnished and decorated outdoor living space. Starting and putting out a fire with a gas-burning unit is a matter of turning on and off the gas supply. There are minimal smoke and odor output, at the cost of a more tamed flame. A gas fire pit can cost more, especially when you account for propane refills. However, it’s certainly more convenient, which may be an attractive aspect depending on how often one plans to use their fire pit.

Call and Visit Watson’s Fireplace & Patio

Watson’s Fireplace & Patio carries many different styles of gas fire pits, wood fire pits, and copper fire pits. Stop by our showroom to speak to a knowlegable sales consultant.


Watson’s Fireplace & Patio has the expertise and high-quality fireplace and patio furniture products to create your beautiful patio, porch, or backyard. We provide homes and businesses across Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and beyond, with a great selection of outdoor furniture and fire pit accessories.


Browse our inventory of patio furniture, custom outdoor kitchens and accessories, fire pits, grills, custom awnings, and so much more, then get it delivered and installed fast! Additionally, Watson’s Fireplace & Patio specializes in fireplace makeovers, so we can design, build, and bring to life a safe and inviting indoor setting.


Are you looking for professional-grade patio furniture for your business? Restaurant, hotel, country club, golf resort, condominium, apartment, and other property owners must check out our Contract Patio Furniture Sales!


Please visit our Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland showroom, or call us at 410-321-5855 today!


To view a sample of the firepits we carry, visit our fire pits page. Be sure to visit our showroom to see the different models we have on display and browse through our catalogs for a complete list of all the styles and features available.


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