Top Things to Know About Buying a Fire Pit for Your Backyard

December 08, 2022 Tommy Lindquist

If you’re considering purchasing a gas fire pit, there are a few things to consider. Obviously, you’ll have to know size, shape and color but there are other considerations to make as well. You’ll also need to consider natural gas or propane, if you want a wind guard, or if you want a cover.

The Look

  • Some of the materials you can typically find in our fire pits are metal, stucco, concrete, tile, wicker, and wood.
  • If you‚Äôre looking for a particular shape of firepit, we have linear, rectangle, round, or square. Depending on the size of your yard each of these can come in different sizes.
  • Picky about the color of your fire pit? We‚Äôve got black, brown, grey, metallic or white. Want something custom? We can do that too.
  • We have many different styles of fire pits as well. If you like coastal, contemporary, farmhouse, modern, traditional, or anything in between we‚Äôve got it or can make it for you custom.
  • We make it easy to search for the exact style, materials, price or size you are looking for on

Propane or Natural Gas

You’ve got to decide if you want to hard-pipe in natural gas with your fire pit or use LP. Here are a couple pros and cons of each:

  • There is no need to hire a certified gas installer for LP, which can save time and money. With LP, you just need a full tank hooked up to the table and you can start it up almost immediately.
  • You‚Äôll have the freedom of moving your fire pit around your yard with LP because the tanks are portable.
  • An LP-run flame is brighter than natural gas, however, a natural gas flame burns cleaner with less chance for soot.
  • Natural gas is typically hard-piped to your house, so you‚Äôll never have to worry about running out of gas.

Fire Media

Fire pit media comes in all different shapes and sizes. Check out the 101 on fire media here. Whether you call it fire pit pebbles, stones, or gems, the tempered glass gems provide a modern look to your fire table. Every fire pit table includes clear glass gems. Changing the color of the glass gems is an easy way to update the fire table look with minimal investment – even mix and match for a unique design. Lava rocks are also a popular look that provides a more traditional fire pit appearance, especially when paired with the faux log set.

Protective Cover

A fire pit protective cover preserves your outdoor space investment. It keeps outdoor elements – rain, snow, debris, etc. away from the fire pit table. The breathable cover also lets excess moisture out, protecting the fire table’s construction. With any gas fire pit table, we highly recommend a protective cover. While our fire pit tables are tested against the elements, the cover increases the longevity for even more years of enjoyment in your backyard.

Glass Wind Guard

Glass wind guards not only add a layer of protection between you and the flame but also look beautiful when reflecting the flame. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers both linear glass wind guards and folding glass wind guards depending on the style you like. Linear sits on top of your fire table and has rubber base stops to hold it in place. The folding wind guards fit into an extruded aluminum frame and serves as a burner cover when not in use.