Propane fire pit
Propane fire pits are fuelled by propane gas in the tank, rather than firewood, meaning no heavy smoke or sparks. This also means they are portable, where the propane is stored in a tank that can then be attached to a fire pit, grill, or BBQ.
They are normally quite large and can be turned on at the flick of a switch. They can feature as a large in-ground centerpiece, as a fire pit table, or even utilised as a portable grill or solo stove for hot dogs, marshmallows, smoked meats and more.
Ethanol fire pit
A safer and more environmental option for those looking for a calm ambiance of light in the backyard, an ethanol fire pit is fuelled by ethanol, or biofuel, which is an alcoholic fuel source.
Sometimes using gel fuel, these are moveable and can come in many forms, from tabletop to a large log or typical rounded ‘pip’. These prove plenty of heat, are less ‘fiery’ than your regular wood-burning fires, and as such do not produce ash or smoke.
Remember to keep your outdoor fire pit area safe
Whether you go for wood burning, a tabletop fire pit, or an in-built patio masterpiece, just make sure you keep your fireplace safe for all to enjoy.
When setting up your outdoor firepit, remember to keep abreast of local fire warnings in your area from the CFA. Always abide by fire safety rules, including positioning your fire pit three metres or more from large structures such as your home, furniture, and fence line. Ensure that any obstructions, such as overhanging trees, lights, or decoratvive features, are out of the way.
To reduce the risk of fire spreading, set your fire pit upon a flat and level surface like gravel, as well as adhering to the requirements of your choice of the outdoor fire pit.
If in doubt, look to have your home set-up checked by a qualified professional.