Get more from your backyard with a fire pit

The warmth a fire pit gives can extend your backyard season from the cool evenings from spring through autumn. And, a fire pit anchors a conversation area and provides a focal point in your yard. Finally, don’t forget another perk – roasting marshmallows!

Fire pits come in a variety of styles, like the Davenport 5-Piece Outdoor Dinette or the Harlow Antique Bronze Fire Column. The most common fuel sources are natural gas, propane and wood. Let’s look at what you need to know before you buy one:

Natural Gas

  • Strong heat source and flames
  • Easy to light
  • Inexpensive compared to other fire pits
  • Convenient: a gas line is plumbed to your house
  • No smoke or ash residue
  • Very safe: readily-controlled flames
  • Available in a wide variety of design styles
  • Gas line hookup requires professional installation (although many new-build homes include this feature)


  • Easy to light
  • Convenient – propane is stored in a tank
  • No smoke or ash residue
  • Can be relocated as there is no gas line
  • Very safe – readily-controlled flames
  • Look for models with a natural gas conversion valve (All Leon’s propane fire pits come with one!)
  • Available in a wide variety of design styles
  • Less heat output than natural gas or wood
  • Fuel tank requires regular refills


  • Strong heat source and flames
  • Offers a traditional campfire experience
  • Check your local bylaws, as wood pits are banned in many urban municipalities;
  • Smoke can trigger asthma or allergic reactions in some people
  • Regular clean-up of ash and smoke residue
  • Potentially dangerous – flames are harder to control, flying sparks increase fire risk to property
  • Fuel source requires storage space

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Fire Safety – How To Enjoy Fire Pits Without Getting Burned

On a quest for fire? Stay safe and warm with our fire pit tips:

DO check local bylaws before purchasing a fire pit. Wood-burning fire pits, fireplaces and chimineas are banned in many urban municipalities.

DON’T try installing a gas line yourself. It’s a job for qualified pros!

DO explore to find the right propane fire pit for your outdoor space.

Thinking about updating your backyard with a fire column? Then you’ll want to see how these stylish accessories can take your patio to the next level.

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