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Outdoor Propane Fire Pit Review

Updated on November 11, 2011

Buying an outdoor propane fire pit can become one of the best things you've purchased for your back yard. They're a no mess, no fuss alternatives to the all mess, all fuss wood burning versions.

And these days - anyone that's got the space in their backyard is investing in one. And if they don't have a fire pit then they own a fire pit table instead. They are relatively simple to install and the best thing about them is that they're environmentally friendly, and being green is never a bad thing.

One thing - don’t confuse an outdoor fire pit with a barbecue. They’re completely different. A fire pit is simply an outdoor fire that's built with safety in mind. Featured below are five of the most popular propane fire pits, they're all best selling products, are highly rated and offer the best overall value for money.

Outdoor Fire Pits

Blue Rhino GAD860SP LP Gas Outdoor Firebowl with Slate/Marble Mantel

This is a large-sized outdoor propane fire pit, and it's a stunning example of a well thought out design that meets a fully functioning outdoor fire. It features a stylish blend of marble and slate around the porcelain/steel bowl, with the cast iron burner providing a classic finishing touch.

It's an easy assemble right out the box and will run off a 20 pound propane tank. It can deliver up to 40,000 btu's, which is more than enough to keep a large group of family and/or friends cozy of an evening. It comes with a user-friendly control panel, that's cleverly hidden from view and it arrives complete with a useful protective cover for the times when it's not in use. This is a great addition to any backyard or patio, and the best feature it possesses is it's ability to look and feel just like an outdoor wood fire.

Camp Chef Del Rio copper patio fire pit gas propane NEW

This is another popular outdoor propane fire pit, and despite how big it looks, the power and warmth you get from this one is awesome. Used with a propane gas tank, the center feature is a collection of lava rock that gives it an authentic outdoor fire appeal, and the copper ring is simply stunning when the flames are dancing above the rocks.

The manufacture is surprisingly lightweight and the assembly is a breeze. The design is simple yet beautiful and certainly delivers a touch of elegance to any patio or backyard area. It comes with a regulator, gas line and durable outdoor cover and is so easy to use, you'll find yourselves gathered around it night after night. Built to last, five star rated and highly recommended.

Bond 65054 Cliffstone Outdoor Propane Firebowl with Lava Rock

If you want a propane fire pit that looks a little different, then you may well like the Cliffstone design. It's shaped almost like a chimney stack which is part of what adds to its attraction. The height raises the fire to a higher level than you get with other fire pits and it gives out a surprising amount of warmth for its size - 30,000 btu's.

The base is manufactured from resin and unless you touch it, it does a great job of looking like stone. The top is marble and it beautifully compliments the design of the base. Above the gas ring you'll find a collection of lava rock - that provide looks as well as function, as lava rock is known for it ability to retain and distribute warmth. The ignition is push-button and all you need to do is assemble it, connect a propane tank and before you know it you've got a gorgeous addition to the patio that will add ambiance and, most importantly, warmth.

Convert-A-Ball FD500 Fire Dancer Gas Campfire

This is a highly popular propane fire pit, and even better it sells at an incredibly cheap price. At just under 100 bucks, you're getting an affordable outdoor fire pit that delivers plenty of warmth, lots of cozy vibes as well as being fully portable.

It's the only firepit on the best selling list that you can take with you wherever you go. Perhaps you're going to enjoy an evening with friends or family at their home, or maybe take a camping trip. Wherever you go - it's a simple task to pack up and take with you. It runs off a standard propane tank and includes a 10 foot hose and a weather-proof lid, all you need to do is light it, sit back and enjoy the evening under the stars.

UniFlame WAD820SP 34-Inch Slate & Marble Firepit with Copper Accents

This is a great outdoor non-propane fire pit, this one's fueled by wooden logs. It's a nice size for a secluded area of your back yard and will provide an amount of warmth equal to the amount of wood that you burn.

Its manufacture is a beautiful combination of a wood and marble upper body, with a scroll-work cast iron stand. It's an easy task to load it up with firewood - and an equally simple task to clean out after you're finished with it. It also has some very understated yet elegant accents in copper around the surface area and the steel grate provides additional safety. A stunningly simple fire-pit, it's easy to install, functional yet stylish, and currently on offer for less than 200 dollars.

How A Propane Fire Pit Works

Usually propane firepits are raised off the ground – the actual fire ring is placed within a raised frame – with the propane tank attached by way of a pipe. Alternatively, you can spend a little more and buy the enclosed kind.

Of the two types, enclosed pits are the most attractive – unless you prefer the rough ‘outdoor’ look that you get from the standard frame type. The enclosed fire pits come in a great range of styles – and prices.

You can pay anywhere from several hundred dollars to in excess of several thousand. It depends on what you want and/or can afford to pay. Either way - make sure that you get the best deal for your money. Check out Amazon - they have some top deals available plus you know you're buying from a trusted company.

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    • HomerMCho profile image

      HomerMCho 

      10 years ago

      Impressive hub! Thanks for the info.

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      kims3003 

      11 years ago

      Great hub with lots of good information - nice work!

    • garoutfur profile image

      garoutfur 

      11 years ago

      Good hub. I think propane fire pits are a good option to wood. Obviously some people will have a stronger opinion on the matter but as for me, well, I already have propane tanks for my bbq so why not a pit too? Thanks.

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      LeoSavage 

      11 years ago

      Hi,

      I think I would burn wood too instead of propane.

      I don't know I just like the wood and how it is more real.

      But ether way you still have to be careful in how you use it.

    • Kiddo Zerglin profile image

      Ryan Miller 

      11 years ago from Michigan, USA

      ralwus - I like that nostalgic look so I like that idea.

      As for me, I would probably use a fire pit table and burn wood instead of propane. Propane seems more of a hassle to me because you have to purchase it, and starting a wood fire is just fun sometimes.

      Great hub :)

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      stars439 

      11 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Informative information. Thank You.

    • michelle.dragon99 profile image

      michelle.dragon99 

      12 years ago

      cool hub:)

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR

      Andria 

      12 years ago

      ralwus - hey :)

      We had a similar thing going on when I was a kid. Only it was just a hole in the round where my dad used to burn stuff. And once a year we used to do the whole Guy Fawkes thing :)

      Inventive idea you've got there!

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      ralwus 

      12 years ago

      I use an old wagon wheel rim for my fire pit and the kids and adults sit around it and roast weenies and marshmallows.

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