We recently purchased a small propane-fueled fire pit. We went with a small portable version for camping so we can have fires during wood-fire burning bans.
However, if you wish to enjoy a fire pit in your backyard and want an easy-start, non-smoke emitting option, propane-fueled patio fire pits are an ideal solution.
In fact, they’re insanely popular. They look fabulous and offer warmth, ambiance and of course roasting fun in your own backyard.
Here’s a little info about patio propane fire pits.
Propane fire pits are powered by a liquid propane tank which is often stored in a drawer or closet. It is actually very easy to light and burns quickly in comparison with wood burning fire pits. It does not emit smoke or even create sparks. Clean up is also very easy with this type of fire pit since you do not need to clean up ash. It also creates the same ambiance as wood fire pits.
With regards to assembling a propane fire pit, its size, materials and price range varies significantly.
First and foremost, you have to consider the tank size you want to use for your fire pit.
For standard propane fire pits, a 20 lb. propane tank is enough and you can use an 18” burner ring for it. However, if you want to use your propane fire pit for longer, you can use larger propane tanks that you use for your home. Their duration varies significantly depending on what size your propane tank is and what settings you have for your fire pit. According to some users, a standard 20lb tank would last 3-4 hours if you use it on medium settings.
Depending on how big your tank is, it will determine how big your fire pit enclosure should be. However, you need to follow the required 36in2 total venting on the sides or 18in2 for two opposing sides. It should also be 48” away from any ceiling or combustible structure and 12” away from combustible decking if you use one for your fireplace.
Propane fire pits are like other gas fire pits with regards to the necessity of using fire pit medias that would disguise your fire pit and protect it from any type of moisture or other elements. The first fire pit media that you can use are lava rocks which look like normal rocks. However, these rocks are very durable and can conduct heat easily. They are also available looking like river rocks made out of ceramic fiber.
Fire glass is also used as a fire pit media. In this case, the fire glass is made out of small crystals and in various shapes. Unlike lava rocks which tend to deteriorate over time, fire glass can last for longer. If you want the authenticity of a real fire pit, you can also use ceramic fiber made fire logs. Like fire glass, these logs can last forever due to the material it is made from. It can even withstand higher heat temperatures.
There are many designs and styles to choose from. Our collection below was put together to feature a diverse set of options by shape, exterior material and height. Moreover, we chose to focus this collection on patio fire pits with table space on top for beverages and in some cases plates for dining.
Nowadays, ready made propane fire pit prices start at $100 to $4,000 and they vary in sizes, materials and duration.
Here are 15 great ready made propane fire pits that you can try out for your backyard or even indoors.
1. Square Propane Patio Fire Pit with Table Space
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Give your backyard a touch of elegance with this square propane patio fire pit with table space. It is weather resistant and the decorative base will make your visitors think it is a beautiful table centerpiece. It features a 30,000 BTU stainless steel burner and fire glass that gives it a classic look.
2. Round Patio Fire Pit with Table Space
Classic is always the best and this black granite round table that reminds you of a Romanesque touch. It is made with stainless steel construction and has a heat capacity of over 60,000 BTUs. The crystals used for the fire pit are also of high quality and its controls are electronic so you can adjust your settings easily. It is perfect for indoor use.
3. Rectangle Patio Propane Fire Pit
Want to confuse your guest into assuming your fire pit is a regular outdoor wicker coffee table? Then get this rectangle patio propane fire pit. This fire pit is good for six to eight people and the glass frame would allow you to use the rest of the table as a coffee table and stay safe away from the heat.
4. Hexagon Patio Propane Fire Pit
Want a campfire in a most unusual way? Get this hexagon shaped patio propane fire pit for your home. This fire pit can wow the crowd and give you all the access you need for your drinks, supplies and others. It has a 30,000 BTU burner capacity and it is weatherproof! It comes with its own fire pit cover to protect your fire pit.
5. Natural Rock Facade Gas Patio Fire Pit
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Let your visitors be transported into a campsite with this natural rock façade gas patio fire pit. This fire pit is good for any traditional-styled home and it is constructed from natural stone for extra sturdiness. It is also very easy to open thanks to its spark-ignition button and there is a gas-flow knob that helps you control the heat and flame height. It is capable of a 30,000 BTUs heat output.
6. Wood Facade Propane Fire Pit (Rectangle)
Want a fire pit that looks like a normal pile of wood at first glance? Why not get this beautiful rectangular propane fire pit? It has a natural wood finish and its burner is made out of stainless steel. It also is capable of producing heat up to 70,000 BTUs and comes with its very own cover for weather resistance.
7. Steel Propane Patio Fire Pit with Table Ledge
Get this charming and rustic steel propane patio fire pit with table ledge to give your backyard a rustic glow. The gas burner in this fire pit can reach up to 50,000 BTUs and you can even use it as a table without worrying about the heat. It comes with its very own lava rock kit and gas hose.
8. Aluminum Patio Propane Fire Pit
Want a fire pit that you can convert into a table when not in use? Try this aluminum patio propane fire pit. You can adjust the fire pit itself and it has a heat output of 42,000 BTUs. It also comes with its own fire glass and you can keep the propane tank on its base.
9. Propane Fire Pit with Crystals
Get this beautiful stainless steel crystal propane fire pit that looks like a granite tile table that would fit in your home. You can adjust the flame height easily and it has a heat capacity of 65,000 BTUs. You can even convert the table you use for this fire pit if you wish.
10. Propane Patio Fire Pit Under $500
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If you want a simple propane fire pit, this is a great model for under $500. It has a simple table top counter and is very tall. You can use lava stones to help you lighten the mood on those cold winter nights.
11. Natural Stone Propane Patio Fire Pit
Enjoy the ambiance brought by this fire pit that can generate 55,000 BTU and help you relax on cool nights. This square fire pit looks very beautiful thanks to its tile countertop and elegant stone base. It also comes with its own fire log set and lava rocks depending on your preference.
12. Ultra Modern Propane Patio Fire Pit Design
Want your own personal fire pit table that looks good in black? Try out this ultra modern propane patio fire pit. This fire pit table is made with a black granite tile and gray supercast top, which you can use when the fire pit is not in use. It is very easy to use and you can easily hide your propane tank in its base.
13. Propane Patio Fire Pit with Brick Facade
Give your home a cool fire pit table with this brick façade propane patio fire pit. This fire pit can double as a concrete table and can offer warmth by up to 65,000 BTUs if you want it on full charge. It is also very easy to use and comes with lava rock fillers and PVC covering to protect it from the elements.
14. White Patio Fire Pit
Want a simple and elegant fire pit table? Then why not get this white marble/granite one. It comes with its own lava stones and you can adjust its settings easily.
15. Tall “Bar Style” Patio Propane Fire Pit
Want a romantic fire pit in your back yard? Why not try out this tall “bar style” patio propane fire pit. This fire pit is guaranteed to draw a crowd since it is made with the best wood planks and faux stone finish and has LED lighting to add to the mood. Its burner has the capacity to reach up to 56,000 BTUs and you can store the propane tank in the enclosed base.