The world is tired of burning wood. It’s a hassle to light it, smoke gets in your eyes and your clothes, and it can be dangerous in dry climates. So why doesn’t everyone just switch to natural gas or propane burners for their fire pits? They light in seconds, they burn clean, and there is little to no smoke. Well, many people are taking the plunge. But there are still hold-outs, and this is what they keep telling me:
“I don’t think a gas burner is going to be as hot as a wood burning fire.”
Ok, so this is a valid concern. Maybe you’ve experienced this: there’s a beautiful gas fire table or bowl, and you crank it to 11, and the flame is just a few inches high and doesn’t put out the heat. It’s great for creating ambience, but that’s about it. You’ve got to basically stick your hands in the fire to warm up. So what’s the solution?
Let me set the scene for you guys. I have 7 friends sitting around in Adirondack chairs, enjoying drinks, snacks, and good conversations. The sun has set, and it’s a balmy 34 degrees Fahrenheit on a spring night in western Montana. We’re enjoying the warmth and beauty of a 180K BTU burner in a beautiful 42″ concrete fire bowl. The flame is tall, cranking through 9 ceramic logs that look exactly like real wood. No one has the urge to get up and go inside, we just huddle in a little closer and feel the heat really starting to radiate from the logs. Just a year ago we were burning wood and doing the smoke-avoidance dance in order to keep our eyes from melting.
“Hey… this is nice. We’ve hit the jackpot here.”
The reality is, my propane fire pit does keep me warm… very warm, in fact. First of all, I have a finished patio. I didn’t have to do a remodel to get this going, I simply connected my burner to a 20lb propane tank and ran the line under the concrete bowl. No one has ever said, “why do you have a propane line running across your patio?” It doesn’t bother anyone, and the tank just sits around the corner; out of sight and out of mind. Second, I decided I’d spend the extra money to get a bowl with a killer burner. I have already experienced the typical stainless steel burner with holes punched in it. The flame appearance and heat output leaves much to be desired. Just an undefined blob of fire. I wanted to have realistic flames that shoot up high enough to make statement… and to be able to come up higher than the logs. Enter the Crossfire Burner.
“There is no better fire… period!”
You may pay more upfront for all brass, but you will pay less over time for these reasons:
- Brass does not corrode over time like stainless steel
- You won’t feel the need to “upgrade” to get a better flame… you will already have THE BEST
- LIFETIME warranty
- Twice the flame
That’s right, twice the flame. It’s been proven. And that’s being conservative.
Burn Media Makes a Difference in Fire Pit Heat
In order to get the most out of the residual heat from your fire pit, you should choose a fire media that amplifies the warmth. My personal favorite options are ceramic logs, cannon fireballs, or river stones. If you’re looking for a rustic appearance and want MAXIMUM heat retention, steel logs might be what you’re looking for. That being said, ceramic retains almost as much heat.
Read more about fire media HERE