Let me start off by letting you know I live in the BEST neighborhood. Seriously, I love my neighbors, their kids, and the fun activities we do together. A few years ago one of my neighbors started having “Monday’s Marshmallow Movie Madness”. This was a great activity where in the summer our cul-de-sac would gather in their yard, the kids would watch a movie projected on the side of their garage while the adults roasted marshmallows and had hilarious conversations around their propane fire pit. Those nights bonded us together as neighbors and friends and I loved them. I also fell in love with their propane fire pit.
Why You Should Get a Propane Fire Pit
- NO Smoke-no more moving from seat to seat depending on the way the smoke is blowing in the wind
- Easy to move around-It fits great on a deck, patio or I can pack it up and take it with me (especially camping when open fires are not permitted)
- No need to store or buy wood-Propane is cheap and it lasts a long time. We are still on our first tank full for $12 after lots of fires
- Turns on with an electric igniter-no need for matches or a lighter, just push the button and turn the dial like a BBQ
- Turns off with the turn of a dial-no need to douse the fire with water or worry about it starting up again on its own
- NO ashes or embers-Maybe I’m just a nervous Nelly but I am always worried about those embers flying up and starting a fire where ever they land.
- Control the amount of flame-No need to prod the wood to keep it burning or make the flame larger or smaller, just turn the dial for the fire size of choice.
- Roast Marshmallows/Hot Dogs-I being able to roast mallows or dogs with the flip of a switch, and so do my kids!
- Family Bonding-Maybe it is the feeling of doing something that is as old as time, sitting around a fire as a family, but when ever we do, it is mesmerizing for all of us. Conversations flow freely and we usually end up staying up extra late chatting around the fire.
After years of searching and saving and researching how to build my own, I found one that fit my budget, style, and convenience (I did a TON of research on making my own but after all that I had learned, I could never make one for as cheap as I could purchase one). I bought mine from TuesdayMorning.com for $170 including shipping/handling (no longer avaiable on their site, but it is available HERE for more). This one is considered a column and does not have a table around it (knowing me, I will probably add one at a later date). The propane tank is concealed inside the column with a dial and ignition starter on the outside. This one did not come with fake logs but the rocks is just what I wanted (I have also considered replacing the lava rocks with glass at some point). The flame is adjustable from a small flicker to a large high flame. The actual stainless fire ring is the same size as the ones that come in the tables for the Costco sets just with out the large price tag.
It looks great day or night and sits up on top of my deck. While it is heavy and a bit awkward, I am able to move it all by myself even when the propane tank is full. That wouldn’t be possible with most other fire pits, gas or otherwise. This particular pit (and many others) is made from a resin type composite. It has a crackle finish that I prefered to the faux stone ones that I have seen around.
Since we have had it set up the kids have been roasting S’mores like crazy! I copied my brilliant neighbor and have a small basket filled with the essentials like wet wipes, chocolate, graham crackers, and I am loving the new large square marshmallows from Kraft. Look at that golden brown perfect mallow!
And in case you didn’t know, I happen to be an expert on S’mores. I love them more than anyone I have ever met. We have done a lot of variations on the original recipe, but I still prefer the classic combination of Kraft Jet Puffed marshmallows (albeit the large square ones now), Hershey’s chocolate (always the thin single bar size for easy melting), and Nabisco Graham Crackers. I do have one variation that I am obsessed with. That is, when you remove the marshmallow from the roasting stick, carefully slip the chocolate (3 pieces shown below) INSIDE the hole left behind from the roasting stick. This way the chocolate melts perfectly and oozes into your mouth as it is sandwiched between the cracker and mallow. MMMMMMmmmmm!
Well now you know the real reason I NEEDED a propane fire pit, for the S’mores.
Places to purchase a Propane Fire Pit:
- Lowe’s (their Allen & Roth is made by Bond, the same as mine with the same dimensions, just different styling)
- Tuesday Morning (their website is where I found mine this year, and two years ago they had another styled one in the store)
- Many other websites for brick and mortar stores like Target & Wal-Mart.
Do you have a propane fire pit? Do you LOVE it? Comment below.