Having a fire pit in your backyard is a great way to bring some coziness and ambiance into your outdoor space. They require very little setup. Having a fire pit in your backyard is like sitting around a campfire but so much better.
If you love the colors, warmth, and coziness of a campfire, then you will love a fire pit. Especially one that fits in well with your outdoor furniture. It is a simple and affordable addition to your backyard. But it will be the focal point of every gathering.
Having a fire pit will make you want to spend every evening outdoors. Even in cold weather, snuggling up around an outdoor fire is blissful.
If you have a very specific style, then investing in a patio fire pit set is a great idea. There are a lot of different fire pits available, from rustic to modern to almost futuristic. If you like to keep things matching, then there are also plenty of options for patio fire pits that come with matching furniture.
So, to help you find the perfect feature for your outdoor space, we’ve put together a list of the best gas fire pits available. Read on for some great sets, as well as a few tips to guide you through the buying process.
5 Best Gas Fire Pit
Desperate for that cozy ambiance and don’t have time to browse? No problem, here are our top picks for the best gas patio fire pit.
Dimensions: 30” x 20” x 25.14”
Material: Alloy Steel
Due to its affordable price, beautiful finish, and classic design, this Endless Summer option is our top pick for the best gas fire pit.
This is an incredibly sleek fire pit. It is a cross between something very modern and very classic. The fire itself sits on a bowl of white fire glass and is surrounded by a tempered glass tabletop. The main steel structure, however, has a more classic black metal style. This fire pit looks beautiful but it isn’t too loud or over the top.
The fire glass which sits beneath the fire and is surrounded by a black glass top looks magical. There is no ash, smoke, fumes coming off this fire. Just beautiful orange flames sitting on green or white glass stones.
This fire pit is powered by a 20lb 50,000 BTU propane gas tank (sold separately). As you can imagine, propane gas tanks aren’t the prettiest items. So it can sit neatly beneath the fire bowl and is concealed behind stylish steel panels.
This gas fire pit is safe to be outside all year round. It comes with a PVC vinyl cover to protect it against all weather conditions.
Dimensions: 28” x 28” x 9.1”
Material: Fire-Resistant Inorganic Material
A large number of gas fire pits have a very modern aesthetic. This is obviously great if you have a modern home and outdoor space. But if you prefer more natural-looking outdoor features, then this fire pit is for you.
This fire pit has the look of natural stones and will suit any outdoor space. One of the great things about using natural materials like stone, wood, or slate is that they are neutral. Natural finishes will look sleek and on-trend with modern outdoor furniture. Or they will look rustic and authentic next to more traditional wooden furniture. This fire pit will suit any outdoor setup.
As well as a natural finish, the rocks used to fill in the fire pit look very natural. Many modern fire pits use glass rocks that look beautiful but also unnatural. This fire pit features lava rocks that have a similar look and finish the pit itself.
A useful feature of this gas fire pit is that it comes with a protective cover. Although they may be designed for an outdoor space, it’s not a great idea to get fire pits wet. A cover will also protect your fire pit against any creatures who might try to get inside, such as birds or squirrels. They might damage the fire pit or even decide to make it their home. A protective cover is an absolutely essential accessory, so it’s really useful that one is included with this pit.
This fire pit is fueled by a 20 lb liquid propane which can provide up to 15 hours of use (this is sold separately). One question that is often asked about gas fire pits (and is answered below in the FAQ section) is are they safe? Of course, whenever gas is used all safety precautions must be taken. But this fire pit has been constructed from 100% fire-resistant inorganic material.
Dimensions: 19” x 19” x 11”
While portable grills are common, a portable gas fire pit is not something that you are likely to come across often. So this will be an impressive addition to any campsite. There will be no need to try to rub a few sticks together. Simply add the fuel, flick the switch, and you will have a lovely roaring fire.
The gas valve is visible which slightly spoils the sleek style of this fire pit. Although that is to be expected of something portable.
Although it is gas-fueled, this fire pit will still provide the comfort and coziness of a traditional campfire. The fire sits on a bed of natural lava rocks. These heat up and provide a great warming flame.
The main difference between this fire and a campfire is the cleanup. You won’t have to clean away any ashes. This gas fire pit is also a safer option. Natural campfires can easily get out of hand and require a lot of safety precautions. A gas fire simply needs to be turned down.
Dimensions: 42” x 24” x 24.2”
This is definitely one of the biggest and most impressive gas fire pits on this list. This fire pit is ideal for an intimate outdoor gathering. The fire pit sits on one half of a long table. The other half can be used as an actual table. So you can have your wine and nibbles right next to an impressive fire. A perfect complement for a backyard dinner party, cooked on your built-in outdoor kitchen and grill!
This fire pit is great for adding ambiance to an outdoor gathering. But is also practical due to the long table section. As well as sophisticated wine and nibbles, this pit will also be great for roasting marshmallows and making smores.
The fire itself is also beautiful. It sits on a bed of blue fire glass which complements the small amount of blue which will be seen at the base of the flames. The pit fits up to 15lbs of fire glass, which is included.
This fire pit is powered by 50,000 BTU of gas. It is controlled by a knob at the front of the fire pit table. It is discreetly placed below the tabletop rim but is still easily accessible and easy to use.
Dimensions: 48” x 27.25” x 13.5”
Material: Stainless Steel
This gas fire pit is definitely (at the time of writing) one of the most expensive items on this list. But you do get a lot for your money. This fire pit has a very simple, rustic design. This is absolutely part of its charm. This fire pit would go well with traditional wooden outdoor furniture. But it is also simple enough to provide a nice contrast to more modern outdoor furniture.
This contrast is also seen in the glass fire rocks. Typically, gas fire pits will have very bright glass fire rocks of either blue or white. This fire pit has brown glass fire rocks that almost look like amber stones. This color complements the colors of the fire itself. When combined with the rustic style of the wood finish, this is a super cozy fire pit. Perfect for snuggling up around.
Another great finish is the additional side table. This gas fire pit is quite close to the ground, so it would be difficult to hide the gas tank beneath it. To avoid having the gas tank simply sitting out in full view, the side table hides it away. The side table functions normally as a table and has the same wood finish as the fire pit. It is just taller and not as long.
This is a great idea. It can be tempting to treat gas fire pits in this style as though they are coffee tables. But this can be dangerous as you don’t want to leave anything near the fire. You also don’t want to have your hands too close to it. So, with this fire pit, you can simply place your book and glass of wine on the side table and enjoy the fire.
Another practical aspect of this fire pit is the easy to use knob which is used to control the fire. All you need to do is connect a propane tank with the hose provided and then turn the fire on. As well as the propane hose, a weather-resistant pit cover is also included.
Best Gas Fire Pit Buying Guide
Gas fire pits come in a wide range of sizes. If you want something portable, then you will, of course, need something small and compact. Alternatively, you can easily find a gas fire pit that will be as big as a dining table and will be the main feature of your outdoor space.
The important thing to remember is that, although the size of the pit itself can vary greatly, the fire will generally be around the same size. This will be about 24” x 24”. This is a good size and is the most practical. Anything bigger would require quite a lot more gas and take up a lot of space.
Another important thing to consider is how well the fire pit will fare in bad different weather conditions. If it can’t be kept outside, then you’re also going to need to consider if you will be able to store it. If it is a big fire pit, you may not be able to store it away. If you choose a very large fire pit, you may not be able to move it at all, even if you have space to store it.
Remember that the fire pit will be the focus of any gathering. Whether you want it to be or not. People will be naturally drawn to the fire and will gather around it. As well as space for the fire pit itself, you’re going to need space for people to gather around it.
If you have outdoor furniture, then you will likely want the fire to be in the middle of it. This means that you need to consider the size of your furniture and how much space is left over in between the pieces.
This also means that you will need to consider the height of the fire pit. Some are very tall and similar in size and height to a kitchen island. This isn’t what you will want in the middle of low outdoor seating.
If your outdoor space has low seats, as many do, then you will want a fire pit that sits even lower than the seats. So, when considering the dimensions, make sure to double-check the height as well.
The style of gas fire pits can be as variable as their sizes. Fire pits can have a very natural look and almost seem like that have just been constructed out of natural materials found in the backyard. Others will have a very sleek metal or glass finish.
Some of the most popular gas fire pits feature fire glass. The fire sits atop glass rocks and the effect is truly magical. Because the fire pit is fueled by gas, there is no need for kindling or wood. This means there won’t be any smoke, ash, or fumes coming from the pit. This means that the fire will be clear and bright. All you will see is the glass and the fire. It is genuinely beautiful to watch.
As gas fire pits don’t produce any smoke, ash, or fumes, they are often advertised as eco-friendly. This is true to an extent but of course, something that uses gas will still have some kind of environmental impact.
Gas fire pits are fueled with propane gas. Propane gas does have a small environmental impact as it produces a small number of greenhouse gases. Although it should be noted that propane does not itself produce a greenhouse effect.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are gas fire pits safe?
When it comes to any product that uses gas or fire, safety is one of the most important aspects. So a fire that is fuelled by gas is of course going to be a potential safety risk. Overall, the answer is yes, gas fire pits are safe. But only to the extent that anything using fire and/or gas is safe.
To stay as safe as possible, always keep clear of the flames and make sure that the gas tank is properly attached (and keep an eye on the pressure with a tank gauge, so a faulty or leaking tank can be detected more quickly). If there are children nearby, always keep them away from the fire. Children will be drawn to the flames, especially if they are on glass rocks that look like they are powered by magic.
It’s also important to make sure that nothing is hanging over the fire and that it is away from anything flammable.
Is it okay to roast marshmallows over a gas fire pit?
It absolutely is. Remember that stovetops are often powered by gas and that flame is completely safe (so long as it is turned on properly). Gas fire pits are safe to use and definitely safe (and fun!) to roast marshmallows over.
Do gas fire pits put off heat?
Yes, they do! Just because the fire isn’t powered by something traditional like wood or coal, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a proper fire. Gas fires are still real fires that will put off plenty of heat. So a gas fire pit will still be something lovely to sit around in any weather.