Which is better overall, Wood or Gas Fire Pits?

Which is better overall, Wood or Gas Fire Pits? - Mancave Backyard

Wood Fire Pits Vs Gas Fire Pits. Pros, Cons and Comparisons

Fire pits are attractive and versatile outdoor heating options. They keep your garden useful all year round and they add value to your property. Fire pits make a unique focal point for an entertainment area and are ideal for being social around.

But which is better – a wood fire pit or a gas fire pit? Each has pros and cons which we’ll discuss in this article. The final decision comes down to you and which you feel fits into your lifestyle. Let’s take a look at wood fire pits versus gas fire pits and the pros/cons of each.


Pros and Cons of Wood Fire Pits


  • Fast to install
  • Quite affordable
  • Impressive heat output
  • Great natural experience
  • Boosts home aesthetics


  • Can be a fire hazard
  • Emits smoke and ash
  • Need to source and store wood
  • More difficult to light
  • Fire needs attention to keep burning
  • Needs regular cleaning


Pros and Cons of Gas Fire Pits


  • Easy to light
  • Clean burning
  • More customizable
  • Runs continually with minimal attention
  • Minimal fire safety issues


  • More expensive
  • Takes longer to install
  • Gas lines need checkups
  • Storage of large fuel tanks
  • A more moderate heat output


Wood Fire Pits Vs Gas Fire Pits: Comparisons

Energy Efficiency

Gas fire pits are more energy-efficient than wood fire pits. Gas produces fewer emissions and burns cleanly. Every time a wood fire pit is used, at least 28 pounds of emissions are released into the atmosphere.

Ignition Convenience

Wood fire pits generally take more time to light, needing you to source wood, build the fire and light it. Care has to be taken that the wood is dry, otherwise, it will not light. Gas fire pits can usually be turned on with a flick of a switch or with a single match.

Fuel and Storage

Wood fire pits need a constant supply of logs and somewhere to store these. Gas fire pits run on natural gas or liquid propane, which needs a storage tank to live in. Whichever one you choose; ensure you have a supplier for your fuel.

Safety Considerations

Wood fire pits and gas fire pits both come with safety considerations. Make sure to have routine maintenance on gas lines, to prevent leaks from occurring. When using a wood fire pit, always take caution with flying embers. Make sure your fire is completely out after each use and its far enough away from any buildings that could catch fire.

Heat Production

Wood fire pits give off a huge amount of heat, warming you up even in the depths of winter. To get more heat, just add extra logs. Gas fire pits give off enough heat for a cool night, but may struggle to warm you up in freezing temperatures.


Wood fire pits need constant care, requiring you to shovel out the built-up ash. If not done, this may pose a hazard if embers are not completely put out. Gas fire pits on the other hand, burn clean with zero ash left behind to remove. An occasional wipe down with a cloth and a cover to protect is all that’s needed.

Style and Design

Gas fire pits and wood fire pits come in many shapes, sizes and stunning designs. One difference is: gas fire pits can use varying burner shapes, materials and sizes, whereas wood only burns one way. For something truly unique, choose colorful fire glass or earthy lava rock for your gas fire pit.

Wood fire pits generally come in rounded, square or rectangular designs. The Corten Steel Fire Pits are made from beautiful ‘’weathering’’ steel and double up as cooking devices.

Which Fire Pit Option is Right for You?

Now you know the pros, cons and differences between wood fire pits and gas fire pits. So which is the best option for you?

Wood fire pits and gas fire pits both have advantages and disadvantages. The best option depends on your unique needs.

Select wood if you want a slightly cheaper option and value heat output above anything else. But be aware you will need to maintain a wood fire pit and billowing smoke can make clothes smell.

Select gas if you want more customizable options, convenience and control over safety.