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Old 03-29-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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Propane vs Natural Gas for outdoor fire pit/table

I am building a fire pit in my back yard after I lay pavers for a patio and thought I would get peoples' opinions on whether to do a remote propane tank or just tap a new natural gas line from the house. Natural gas will be cheaper as propane is about $5.50 a gallon locally, but I know it has a much lower specific energy than propane. Does anyone have a natural gas fire pit? How is the heat output?
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Firewood is cheaper than both.

If it were up to me, I'd tap straight into the natural gas line for the house. Not many things suck as much as running out of propane right when you need it.
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I'd just use wood, but perhaps use a natural gas line running from the house to use as a starter. That would be the best of both worlds IMHO.
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Firewood is cheaper than both.

If it were up to me, I'd tap straight into the natural gas line for the house. Not many things suck as much as running out of propane right when you need it.
I had originally thought of doing a wood burning fire pit but there is a tree a little closer to where the pit will be than I would like. It is about 15ft away but I still don't like the idea of ash flying around on a breezy night. I also don't want to smell like a campfire every time I sit by the pit. You are right that it sucks to run out of propane. I will probably get a 40lb,~9.4gal propane bottle if I decide to go that route.

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I'd just use wood, but perhaps use a natural gas line running from the house to use as a starter. That would be the best of both worlds IMHO.
This might be something to look into.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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You need to calculate run distance, line pressure, tube guage, BTU, ring size, etc
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if you buy a 100 000 btu firepit you get 100 000 btu out of it no matter the fuel as long as the orifices are coorect for the type of fuel
with NG you get 1000 BTU per cubic ft with propane you get 2500BTU per cubic foot you need more natural gas to get the same out vs propane but the convience alone is worth it. propane tanks are a huge pain in the ass. ive never worked out the hard numbers but by the time you pay to refill propane re certify older tanks ect wouldnt surprise me if NG was cheeper per BTU
Ive installed and hooked up 100s of NG firepits everyone ive done one for is happy
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I am investigating the same thing but I plan to go natural gas.

Great ideas and parts here:

http://www.moderustic.com/DIY-Fire-T...ire-Glass.html

EDIT: just realized this thread is a year old
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