Getting yourself a propane fire pit is a great idea to warm up while remaining safe, smoke free, and hassle free, especially in colder climates. They are portable, which means you can carry them to your fishing spot, or bring them back to your cabins, or campground without having to worry about wood-fire bans or restrictions.
WHAT IS A PROPANE FIRE PIT?
Propane fire pits are an easy to use alternative to traditional wood burning campfires. They only take a few seconds to set up, with most including adjustable knobs which can control the heat of your unit. You no longer need to worry about trying to maintain the fire, collecting firewood, or putting it out.
You also don’t need to worry about smoke smelling up your clothes, or sparks, and other issues that come with building your own campfire. Building your own can be a great experience, but in the long run it does become quite expensive. Most shops charge upwards of $10 for a few pieces of firewood, and you won’t be allowed to start one during a fire ban anyway.
Propane fire pits produce consistently high amounts of heat, which can warm you and your friends, with some including a grill so that you can cook vegetables, meat, fish, or whatever you fancy.
They are great for all occasions and very popular for backyard/patio use. Simply turn on your fire pit and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine on a weekday, without worrying about the mess or hassle of traditional campfires. Perfect for parties as well!
CAN THEY BE USED DURING FIRE BANS?
Propane models are generally allowed during fire bans because they have on/off switches and can be easily controlled, effectively making them a much safer alternative. It’s always best to check your local laws though as rules and restrictions can change from time to time.
Make sure you follow the rules in national or state parks as fires of any sort are often regulated. If you’re heading to a campground, they may already have fire rings that are suitable for campfires or fire pits.
TYPES OF FIRE PITS
The most common fire pits are either wood burning or propane powered.
Wood burning campfires are still a great option, and nothing beats the smell and crackling of a wood burning pit. As mentioned above, some campgrounds will likely have fire rings and may include metal fire pits where you can throw your wood.
However, wood requires much more attention and constant tending to get the right temperature going. It does cost more in the long run if you don’t find your own wood, and it’s often not allowed on covered patios in a few states. Smoke issues and fire bans can also be troublesome.
Propane fire pits are recently becoming much more popular due to their portable and safe nature. They operate with a propane tank that attaches to the connector hose and allow for much more control. Generally, lower end models burn at around 30,000 BTUs, with most of the higher end units reaching above 50,000 BTUs. I’d recommend checkout out some of the best propane fire pits, because a good model is well worth it.
A few popular locations are on the patio, around the yard, campgrounds, riverside while fishing, and numerous other locations.
You should never use a propane fire pit indoors due to the harmful fumes, and make sure to keep away from low hanging trees.
Concrete will generally be fine, whereas traditional wood burning fire pits would generally damage your concrete or bricks. As you can see, the portability with propane models is great.
PICKING THE RIGHT PROPANE FIRE PIT
Keep in mind the following features when searching for your model:
Weight/Height: Most models weigh around 10kg which is lightweight enough for you to carry around to your campsite.
Safety: Make sure that your model has an on/off switch and has head proof handles so that you don’t burn yourself if you try to move it while it’s still burning.
Additional Features: You could check if your desired model includes a lid or a stand to raise the height of the fire pit. Some also include extra lava rocks!
Power: Make sure that your model can produce enough heat! There’s nothing worse than buying a cheap model that doesn’t get you warm. A good average is around 40,000 BTUs. If you go lower, it isn’t all that bad, but it may struggle to heat up harsher environments such as winter conditions.