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Gas vs. Wood Burning: Which is Best For Your Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit?

Is it time to spruce up your outdoor space with a new fireplace or fire pit? With so many options out there, which one is best suited for your backyard setting? Gas burning and wood burning units can both provide the atmosphere you’re looking for but make sure you take into account all of the variables before making a decision. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the pros & cons of choosing either a gas or wood burning unit within an outdoor living environment so that you can make the most informed choice when selecting your ideal outdoor heating unit.

Pros to Using Gas

Gas burning units are becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience and ease of use. They require no chopping, hauling or storage of wood logs which makes them great for those who don’t have the time or inclination for such activities. Gas burning fireplaces and fire pits also provide consistent heat output, whereas wood burning units can fluctuate in temperature depending on the size and type of wood used. Gas is also more energy efficient as it requires less fuel to produce the same amount of heat as a traditional log-burning unit.

Pros of Wood Burning

On the other hand, many people prefer the natural beauty and smell that comes with a traditional wood burning fireplace or fire pit. The uneven heat output created by these units adds an element of unpredictability which some may find appealing, or unappealing for that matter. There’s also something to be said for the superior flavor that can only be achieved with a real wood-burning fire when roasting s’mores. Plus, you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel in the middle of an evening gathering since wood is readily available from local sources.

What Will be the Best Option For Your Landscape?

In order to make the best decision for your outdoor space, weigh all of these factors and consider what type of atmosphere you are looking to create. If convenience is most important, then a gas burning unit would likely be your best choice. However, if natural beauty and unique flavors are more important to you, then go with a traditional wood burning fireplace or fire pit instead. Whichever option you choose will help make your backyard gatherings even more special. If you’re located in the greater New Orleans area, contact the experts at Couvillion’s Landscapes today to schedule a consultation for your next outdoor living build.

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