Are Fire Pit Tables Safe? We Answer Common Questions (2022)

When shopping for the next centerpiece for your outdoor space, there are a lot of questions surrounding fire tables and fire pits, and with good reason! Use and safety concerns involving fire are important and something smart shoppers need to keep in mind when making an informed purchase. To help out, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about fire tables, all in one place.

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Fire Table Safety Questions

Are fire pit tables safe?

Fire tables are completely safe, even more-so than campfires or other exposed flames. You should always look for a CSA certified fire table made with durable outdoor materials and quality technology. Fire tables certified by CSA have passed stringent safety tests including temperature testing, wind testing and rain testing. Gas fire pits do not emit sparks or embers and it should be noted that CSA certified fire tables are often approved for use during fire bans. Always check with your local fire authority if unsure of your local fire rules. Purchasing a cover and caring for your fire table will ensure it stays protected from the elements, keeping you and your family as safe as possible over the life of the product.

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Are gas fire pits dangerous?

Gas fire pits are less dangerous than a standard campfire, but they require caution and respect as they still use fire. A CSA certified gas fire pit is much overall and is a better option for houses with children.

What is the safest fire pit?

The safest fire pits are propane or natural gas fire pits/bowls made with durable and safe materials. Look for fire pits that have CSA approval for the best marker of quality. Often, you can still use CSA approved fire pits during fire bans. Check with your local fire authority if unsure.

Can you put a fire table in a screened porch?

Propane and natural gas fire tables are designed for outdoor use only. Do not use indoors, or in confined spaces. Propane and natural gas fire tables can be safe for use in an open-air or screened-in porch if you follow CSA guidelines for wall clearances and ceiling height clearances. Unlike wood burning fires, gas fires do not give off sparks, or smoke that can build up behind screens, but they do give off carbon monoxide (CO), so they need proper ventilation. This means that you can easily have a gas fire safely on your patio, as long as you have plenty of fresh air coming through.

Can you put a fire table on a deck?

CSA requires that outdoor gas appliances must be placed over non-combustible surfaces and provides guidelines for wall clearances and ceiling height clearances. A CSA certified propane or natural gas fire table that is at least 23-24 inches high and which has two layers of heat shielding under the burner tray to eliminate the possibility of being burned while reaching in the compartment are absolutely safe for use on a deck or balcony, even if the deck or balcony is made of wood. It is important to ensure that the fire table will have an appropriate amount of room on the deck so that guests can move around it, comfortably. Check the appliance manual for CSA guidelines on wall clearances and ceiling height clearances. Never keep loose flammable materials under or around the fire table during operation.

Can I put fire pit on grass?

No. It is always advisable not to operate a fire pit on grass. You do not want to be responsible for starting a wildfire. If you are considering using a propane or natural gas fire pit on grass, follow standard fire safety protocols. Stamp all the grass down within a 10-foot radius, place the fire pit on a non-combustible surface like flat level rocks or ceramic tiles. Keep a fire extinguisher and/or 10-gallon bucket of water close by. Always ensure that your fire pit is raised and that the bottom of the fire pit isn’t directly touching the grass. Additionally, if the fire pit is wood burning, use a fire screen, make sure it is secured in place and watch for sparks and embers falling onto the grass for quick action.

Can you put a fire pit under a pergola?

Unless your pergola is wide and tall enough to achieve safe wall and ceiling clearances, it is best to avoid putting a fire pit under a pergola for safety reasons. If you are considering to put a fire pit or fire table under a pergola a natural gas or propane fire pit would be your best, safest option. Sparks from wood burning fire pits can damage or light pergolas above them, which means that gas fire pits are significantly safer than their wood counterparts. Consider dry foliage and how cross breeze may enable contact with the flame. Always keep required distances from walls and ceilings in mind when selecting the spot to place your fire table.

Can I put a fire pit under a covered patio?

You can absolutely have a natural gas or propane fire pit under a covered patio if the overhead height of the ceiling meets CSA requirements for distance from appliance. This is usually 80 inches. Check your appliance manual for required distances. Wood burning fires produce thick smoke and embers that can become dangerous when contained by a patio roof. Propane or natural gas fires do not give off smoke or embers, making them safer for use under cover.

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What do you put under a fire pit under a patio?

The ground or decking under a natural gas or propane fire table should always be flat and level. The best and most fire-stable material options to put under a fire pit are pea gravel, concrete, paving bricks, or porcelain tile.

What is the best base for a fire pit?

If you’re building a fire pit near your home home, brick, concrete or stone materials are the best option to ensure that your fire pit is safe and secure. Gravel made of granite, marble or slate are the best base options as they are hard stones that will absorb heat better than other stones.

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General Fire Table Questions

What are the best fire tables?

Though there are many different options for fire tables, the best fire tables are those made with durable materials and those that have advanced safety certifications like CSA approval for use during most fire bans. Those safety certifications are a sign of quality.

How much do fire tables cost?

There are fire tables at many different price ranges, but on average a fire table is going to cost between $500 - $900 USD. Fire tables in this price range are likely to be aesthetically pleasing without compromising safety. Fire tables priced higher than $900.00 should either be quite large, or have much of the value contained in aesthetics.

Why are fire pits so expensive?

Fire tables are partially so expensive because of the advanced engineering that goes into every single model. The fire delivery systems that high-quality fire tables use to control flame height and create aesthetically pleasing, but controlled, flames are very technical. Additionally, the durable materials needed to safely handle fire are expensive to produce.

Do fire tables give off heat?

Yes, all fire tables give off some amount of heat, but depending on the fire table the amount of heat can vary wildly. Fire delivery mechanisms control flames to ensure that they burn how you want them to.

How much heat can a fire table provide?

Fire pit tables measure heat in BTU/hr, which is a measure of how much heat the firetable can generate. The higher the BTU/hr is, the more heat the firetable is able to put out. Generally, 50,000 BTU is equivalent to a comfortable medium sized campfire.

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Cooking Questions

Can you cook on a propane fire table?

Though it can be tempting to use a propane fire table for cooking, it’s not recommended because of the by-products of gas combustion sticking to the food, including black carbon, or soot. In fact, CSA certification standards instruct not to cook food over propane or natural gas fire tables and fire pits as part of their standard certification warnings.

Can you roast marshmallows or s’mores on a propane fire table?

It may sound weird, but cooking anything, including marshmallows, over propane fire tables, or fire pits is not recommended and believe it or not, is actually discouraged by CSA regulations. The actual health reasons are due to carbon and soot from gas combustion. If the kids are going to do it, anyway, try to keep the marshmallows towards the outside edges of the fire pit bowl and away from the yellow flames. This will help to avoid or minimize black carbon or soot buildup on the marshmallow and gives the best chance to achieve the penultimate golden brown. If making s’mores the same principles apply, wrap in tin foil, keep them off to the side and out of the direct yellow flames. If you do intend to roast marshmallows it’s probably better to use a gas fire pit than a fire table simply because dripping marshmallows can damage the aesthetic and expensive fire delivery mechanisms on top of the fire table, not to mention, cleaning marshmallow off glass rocks is next to impossible!

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Can you cook on a fire pit table?

You should never cook food on a gas fire table. Cooking food over a gas fire pit is also discouraged by CSA regulations, primarily due to carbon and soot. If you’re in a pinch and looking to cook over a gas fire pit the best option is to use a large flat cast iron pan, or griddle, which will keep the food out of direct contact with the yellow decorative gas flames. The pan will be completely blackened and along with the requisite pine needles you should expect some carbon and soot to land in your eggs. Truthfully, using a dedicated camp stove and avoiding cooking over the gas fire pit altogether is a better option.

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FAQs

Are Fire Pit Tables Safe? We Answer Common Questions? ›

Fire tables are completely safe, even more-so than campfires or other exposed flames. You should always look for a CSA certified fire table made with durable outdoor materials and quality technology.

What is the difference between a fire pit and a fire table? ›

While a fire pit can be as basic as a hole in the ground where the kids can toast marshmallows, fire tables tend to be more architectural statement pieces. They can usually be used as a more intimate piece that allows smaller groups to gather closer together.

Can I use my fire table in the winter? ›

It's a perfect time to get your fire table ready for winter. It's important to keep your gas fire table clean and to properly maintain it before covering it for winter storage. This ensures your long-lasting enjoyment for many years. Fall is a great time to get it ready while the weather is still nice.

Can you use a fire table in the rain? ›

Conclusion. Propane fire pits that are designed for outdoor use are able to come into contact with water without being damaged. However, long periods of exposure to rain and water can cause buildup in the burner, damaging it and rendering it useless.

How long will a fire table burn? ›

For the Fire Table, a 20# propane tank will last approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours at a continuous burn at the maximum output. The tank will last approximately 8-9 hours at a moderate gas output.

Are fire pit tables safe? ›

Fire tables are completely safe, even more-so than campfires or other exposed flames. You should always look for a CSA certified fire table made with durable outdoor materials and quality technology.

Are fire pits in tables good? ›

Conclusion. Fire pit tables are completely safe and provide a real talking point for your friends and family when entertaining outside. They can be safely used on wooden decking and covered patios, and provide warmth without the fierce heat and sparks of a traditional wood burning fire pit.

Should you cover a fire table? ›

The simple answer is "Yes!" No matter where you live, it is crucial to keep your fire pit covered when not in use. A cover not only extends the longevity of your fire pit but also saves you time and money.

How cold is too cold for fire pit? ›

“When you have a little heat, you can stay outside longer and enjoy the weather,” he says. Haughenberry says the ideal temperatures for a fire pit range from 45 to 50 degrees.

Do you need to cover an outdoor fire pit? ›

A protective cover is a must for any fire pit. Once your fire pit has cooled down, a protective cover will shield it from rain, sunlight, and wildlife. Using a protective cover will prolong the life of your firepit by preventing rust and discoloration.

What happens if fire pit gets wet? ›

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Can you put a tarp over a fire pit? ›

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Should you cover firepit in winter? ›

Invest in a cover for your fire pit – Whether your fire pit uses gas or wood, it's essential to cover it during the winter so it's protected from the elements. Fire pit covers come in a variety of materials, including polyester, vinyl and canvas. You can even use a tarp as long as it is well secured.

How much gas do fire tables use? ›

Depending on how much you use your propane fire pit, you may find yourself making more trips than you'd like. If you are maxing out your flame level, a 20lb tank of propane will be used in about 4 hours. At a more moderate level, the propane will last around 8 hours.

How much gas does a fire pit table use? ›

The average gas fire pit will last from 3 to 6 hours on a 20 lb. propane tank. Depending on your fire pit BTU rating a tank can last you as long as 9 hours, or as little as 1-1/2 hours. A 20 pound propane tank contains approximately 430,000 BTU's.

Can a fire pit explode? ›

The answer is yes, it could explode if the wrong materials were used to build it. Concrete blocks, pea gravel, river rocks and other materials that are often used in DIY fire pits can trap water inside. When they are heated up, this can cause an explosion.

Can you use a fire pit table inside? ›

In general, propane fire pits are not suitable for indoor use. The primary reason for this is that propane fire pits need plenty of ventilation in order to avoid the build-up of dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide.

How do firepit tables work? ›

Fire tables run off of gas, fueled either by an underground gas line or from a propane tank. When the gas burners are lit, you get a warm and inviting flame—but because most people would rather look at something prettier than a gas burner, fire glass is used to keep the burners out of sight.

Do fire tables provide heat? ›

A standard tabletop fire pit will burn at about 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This can increase the radiant heat around the table to keep you substantially warm. There are several factors that will impact how much heat you feel, standing or sitting by a tabletop fire pit.

Do tabletop fire pits give off heat? ›

Tabletop Fireplaces Give Off Heat

These fireplaces may look small but they do give off plenty of heat. They are cozy when placed on the end table or coffee table besides you. The ambiance that the fireplace provides is a great addition to date night or family night.

How do I choose a fire pit table? ›

When selecting the ideal fire pit table for your outdoor space, consider both the purpose and the environment of your outdoor area. Take into consideration the configuration of your space from furniture arrangement to the size, scale, and architecture of the environment.

Can you put a fire pit table under covered patio? ›

Never use wood-burning fire pits on a covered patio or deck. Wood fires release highly combustible creosote, embers, and sparks which can cause damage to all kinds of flooring and house structures. Wood-burning fires are much more difficult to contain and regulate, making them too hazardous to use on covered patios.

Can you put a fire table on an outdoor rug? ›

You should never put a wood fire pit on an outdoor rug because it can be dangerous and unsafe. If there is too much heat coming from the flame or logs of wood around your fire pit the outdoor carpet could catch fire.

How do I protect my fire pit from the rain? ›

Cover it Up

The easiest way to keep rainwater out of your fire pit is to cover it. Many options of vinyl or metal covers are available and easy to use. They block out errant debris as well and keep a fire pit tidy and dry, ready for its next event.

Will a fire pit keep you warm? ›

Neither a traditional fire pit nor a chiminea will warm you in the way a heater will. Although Levy does sell these, he calls them “toys” and says they tend to make everyone smell of smoke. If the charcoal or wood you are burning is truly sustainable, you will not be contributing to net CO2 emissions.

Do fire pits keep you warm in winter? ›

For example, some pits will warm you up because of the heat-emitting flame—such as open fire grill pits or simple hole pits—while others will keep you warm because of the materials that retain the heat and radiate it—such as brick, concrete, pavers stones, etc. Those extra degrees can keep you warm and toasty.

What is too windy for a fire pit? ›

People new to burning should consider using the 60:40 rule. The 60:40 rule refers to restricting burn conditions to air temperatures less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity (Rh) greater than 40% with a wind speeds of 5-15 mph measured at 6 feet above the surface of the ground.

Can you put a fire table under gazebo? ›

Some think fire pits are not safe to use underneath a gazebo or pergola. FALSE! The thing that is not advisable is having a fire pit in an ENCLOSED AREA. This can be very dangerous due to the lack of proper ventilation.

How do you make a fire pit safe? ›

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What do you put underneath a fire pit? ›

What do you put in the bottom of a fire pit? You'll want to start with a layer of sand at the bottom of the pit, and then top the sand with gravel, lava rocks, fire pit glass, paving stones or even bricks for your fire pit. Alternatively, you can simply use dirt.

What can I use to cover my fire pit? ›

For manufactured or custom above-ground fire pits, look for fire pit covers that offer a weather-resistant material, such as plastic, metal, or outdoor fabric. A cover should fit tightly enough that strong winds won't work it loose and send it sailing.

Can you have a tent over a fire pit? ›

Can you put a canopy over a campfire? Yes you can! Campfire Canopy is the perfect solution to enjoy the outdoors with your family or friends.

Can I put a fire pit under a tent? ›

You should never use a fire pit in an enclosed space. Smoke is highly toxic and can build up quickly if a fire is not properly ventilated. Check the manufacturer and city requirements to determine how much of your structure should be open to allow for proper air flow.

How hot can a tarp get before melting? ›

Tarps made from acrylic coated fiberglass material can withstand temperatures up to 300°F. Silica fabric meets military specifications for resistance to heat and chemicals and is rated to withstand temperatures up to 1,800°F.

Can Firepits be left outside? ›

If you leave your fabulous firepit outside in the rain and don't maintain it properly, it will still last longer than most fire pits due to the thickness of the steel. Most fire pits made of thin (1 or 2mm steel - very "tinny", much like a baked bean can) will only typically last a year if left outside in the rain.

How do you store a fire table in the winter? ›

Get Your Fire Table Winter Ready
  1. Remove all debris, dirt, and leaves from the burner. ...
  2. Shut off the natural gas line and close the fire pit's gas valve.
  3. Remove and shut off the propane from the fire pit's base. ...
  4. Remove all accessories, as well as the wind guard, that you don't want to store outdoors.

How do you destroy a fire pit? ›

You can try using dirt or sand to put out a fire that has died down. With a shovel, scoop dry sand or dirt into your pit to extinguish the fire. Next, you'll want to stir it into the ash to make sure any embers are completely gone. Remember to check the fire and your surroundings before you leave the pit.

Is it OK to leave fire pit burning overnight? ›

Several reasons a fire pit should never be left unattended, including overnight. In every jurisdiction within the United States, it is illegal to leave a recreational fire unattended. Even a tiny gust of wind can quickly spread hot ashes or embers over a significant distance.

Why is my fire pit so Smokey? ›

Excess fire pit smoke is typically the result of the incomplete burning of firewood due to excess moisture in the wood, typically “green” wood or older wood that has not been able to dry adequately.

How long do fire embers last? ›

While the logs and embers should last indefinitely, it's not uncommon for the embers to lose their brilliance after a year or two. The good news is that your gas fireplace embers are made of inert mineral fibers and are completely safe to handle. They are non-combustible and non-toxic.

Which is better gas or propane fire pit? ›

Natural gas is cheaper than propane, but propane burns hotter, cleaner, and is way more available than natural gas. Propane actually produces twice as much heat as an equal amount of natural gas.

Does a gas fire pit keep bugs away? ›

Propane Fire Pit and Bugs

That's because burning firewood creates smoke, which naturally repels bugs like mosquitoes.

Are gas fire pits healthy? ›

Your lungs can't take the heat

Smoke isn't the only health hazard you should avoid. The heat itself is harmful. “Inhaling air that is consistently at a higher temperature than the surrounding air can cause more damage to the lining of your lower respiratory tract than smoke inhalation,” says Dr. Pichurko.

How do you use a fire pit table? ›

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How far should a fire table be from a house? ›

Place your fire pit at a safe distance (10-25 feet) from any flammable structures or surfaces. This includes your house, trees, shed, vehicle, neighbors' property, and wood deck, among other things. Keep your fire pit away from overhanging branches. A 21-foot clearance is standard for most municipalities.

What are the different fire pits? ›

There are four different types of fire pits to choose from — wood burning, gel fuel, propane or natural gas. Let's take a closer look at each type and how they differ from each other.
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4 Types of Backyard Fire Pits
  • Wood Burning Fire Pits. ...
  • Gel Fuel Fire Pits. ...
  • Propane Fire Pits. ...
  • Natural Gas Fire Pits.

Which type of fire pit is best? ›

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  • Best Outdoor: Sunnydaze Crossweave Outdoor Firepit.
  • Best Tabletop: Terra Flame Arto Deluxe S'mores Roaster.
  • Best Steel: Amazon Basics Steel Lattice Firepit.
  • Best Patio: Bali Outdoors Gas Firepit.
  • Best Portable: Solo Stove Ranger.
  • Best Adjustable: Bali Outdoors Wood Burning Firepit.
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Can you use a fire table on a covered porch? ›

Never use wood-burning fire pits on a covered patio or deck. Wood fires release highly combustible creosote, embers, and sparks which can cause damage to all kinds of flooring and house structures. Wood-burning fires are much more difficult to contain and regulate, making them too hazardous to use on covered patios.

Do fire tables give off heat? ›

A standard tabletop fire pit will burn at about 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This can increase the radiant heat around the table to keep you substantially warm. There are several factors that will impact how much heat you feel, standing or sitting by a tabletop fire pit.

How do you turn on a fire pit table? ›

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Where should you not put a fire pit? ›

Before striking the match, never place a pit closer than 10 feet from anything flammable, including your house and overhead tree branches. Unless the owner's manual says it's okay, don't put the pit on a grassy surface, wood deck, or enclosed porch.

What is the safest fire pit? ›

If you want to invoke memories of the outdoors in your backyard, then an enclosed wood burning fire pit is going to be the safest way to emulate an old-school campfire, seeing as the other gas fire options on the list don't have smoke, embers or sparks shooting into the night sky.

Can you put an umbrella over a fire pit? ›

Some fire pit dining table designs include a patio umbrella that towers above the flame, which helps contain heat within the seating area. For safety, the recommended umbrella height is 60 inches minimum. Many manufacturers recommend installing a free-standing umbrella nearby, instead of directly above the flame.

What makes a good fire pit? ›

Materials. When choosing a fire bowl, opt for something that will wear well and extend the life of your fire pit. Cast aluminum is less likely to rust, while copper can stain. Cast iron is a solid but heavy choice.

What is the easiest fire pit to use? ›

Our favorite portable option is the FirePit+ from Biolite, which is by far the easiest fire pit to transport. With a lightweight frame (at just 20 pounds), collapsible legs, and carrying handles, you can set up the party anywhere.

What size fire pit is best? ›

The best size for a firepit is one that allows you to have a strong enough fire while allowing everyone to be close enough for conversation. A good rule of thumb is to have an inside diameter of 30 inches.

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