Pros and Cons of Fire Pits

Deciding to add a fire pit to your outdoor living space is exciting!  At first thought, a fire pit seems a quick and easy decision.  But when you start researching, the seemingly infinite options begin to feel daunting.  At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we know fire pits! Perhaps we can offer some information that will help determine your best fire feature.  Let’s start with the basic wood and gas burning fire pits.

Patio With Built-In Fire Pit - Designed by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Wood Burning Fire Pits

If you’re looking for an authentic campfire atmosphere, a wood burning fire pit is a good way to go.   The smoky smell and the popping and crackling of the wood helps the bustling world around you fall away.  Life is good when you’re roasting marshmallows and laughing with your friends and family around the fire.

Wood Burning Pros

  • Larger fires
  • Wood is inexpensive
  • Affordable to install
  • Enhanced ambiance

Wood Burning Cons

  • Starting a fire takes effort and can be time-consuming
  • Cleaning up ashes after fire and can also be time consuming
  • Blowing smoke

Gas Starter Fire Pit by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Natural Gas Fire Pits

Natural gas fire pits give you the warm, glowing ambience we enjoy when gathered around a fire with the ease of flipping a switch. Natural gas is a much cleaner burn and creates less smoke and flying sparks, making it great option for environments where children are present or for those bothered by smoke.

Natural Gas Pros

  • Light or extinguish fire with the flip of a switch
  • Minimal to no cleanup
  • Adds relaxing ambiance with minimal effort
  • Cleaner burn, less smoke

Natural Gas Cons

  • Smaller fires
  • Gas line must be installed
  • More expensive than wood 

Fire Pit with Fire Glass

Fire Glass

Looking to add a little pizzaz to your fire pit or fireplace?  Fire glass creates a stunning look and is easy to work with.  This heat tempered glass is processed through a tumbler to prevent sharp edges.  Because it doesn’t burn or break down, you can use them for years.  Fire Glass is used to replace gas logs. The glass will instantly transform your living space with flames dancing above the dazzling fire glass.


Fire Glass Pros

  • No toxic fumes, smoke, ash, or soot
  • Multiple sizes and colors of fire glass for you to choose from.
  • Tempered glass chips last longer, do not burn, melt, or discolor.
  • Radiate 3-4 times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or ceramic logs.

Fire Glass Cons

  • As with all glass products, there is the risk of breaking pieces if mishandled. When re-installing after moving, there may be some glass sediment or broken pieces at the bottom of your container.

If you are considering adding an outdoor living space to your backyard, give us a call.  You can reach us at (847) 749-2373 or sign up for a Free Design Consultation.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Author: Archadeck of Chicagoland

As the owner of Archadeck of Chicagoland, I am dedicated to helping our Chicagoland homeowners create and enjoy the outdoor living space of their dreams. We believe the great outdoors is a place for families and friends to come together for fun and laughter.

16 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Fire Pits”

  1. My husband and I are redoing the backyard, and we are toying with the idea about putting in a wood burning fire pit. But before we make our final decision we want to know what the pros are for having one. I like how you pointed out that one great thing about having a wood burning fire is that you can get that wonderful campfire smell and the crackling of the wood. To me there is nothing else like that smell, it will bring back a lot of memories of camping and being with family. That is one thing we will have to consider when we make our final decision on what type of fire pit we want. Thanks for all the different information!

  2. I like that you talked about how natural gas fireplaces doesn’t give off as much smoke. I have been looking for a firepit to put in my backyard. I can see how it would be good to choose a natural gas pit. That way I won’t have to worry about all of my clothes smelling like fire.

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