Smokeless Fire Pits are all the rage. But what are they really?
What is a "smokeless" fire pit? Simply stated, it's a fire pit that doesn't produce smelly, eye irritating smoke while burning. There are two types to consider: wood burning and gas burning.
Wood burning smokeless fire pits are designed to burn the fuel (wood) at a higher temperature, eliminating or reducing the amount of smoke produced. The pros to this type are typically portability, cost and ease of use. Cons include having to buy and store wood and restrictions for use during fire bans. Styles are also typically limited to stainless steel cylinders.
Gas burning fire pits come in a variety of materials and styles, and can be hooked up to a propane tank or natural gas line. Pros for this type of fire pit are that gas burning fire pits produce zero smoke, more options for styles, and a variety of cost points. Gas burning fire pits are also usually exempt from local fire bans (same category as gas grills). Cons include having to maintain a propane tank or hiring a professional to run a natural gas line (though once hooked up, they are very easy to use). The cost difference usually comes down to the material used for the enclosure and quality of the burner (BTUs matter!).
Check out this article from Popular Mechanics on smokeless wood burning firepits:
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