Propane vs. Natural Gas: Which Burns Hotter for Your Fire Table?

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Learn which version of the state-of-the-art Rook Fire Table is best suited for your needs.

Propane vs. Natural Gas: Which Burns Hotter for Your Fire Table?

When choosing the fuel source for your fire pit table, the decision often boils down to a choice between propane and natural gas. Both options come with their distinct advantages and considerations, but a pivotal aspect that frequently takes center stage in this decision-making process is the burning temperature associated with each fuel type. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of both—and answer the burning question: which burns hotter—propane or natural gas? Hopefully this helps make an informed decision when purchasing a fire pit table, like our Rook Fire Table.

Rook Fire Table with Propane cover

Propane as a Fuel Source For Fire Tables

Propane, a liquefied petroleum gas, is an efficient and versatile fuel source for fire tables. Known for its high energy content, propane generates intense flames that provide warmth on the coldest evenings, enhancing the overall comfort of your outdoor space. The portability of propane tanks adds convenience, allowing you to easily relocate your fire table as needed. This feature, combined with its efficient burning properties, makes propane an excellent choice for those seeking both functionality and ambiance in their outdoor living area. Additionally, propane-powered fire tables typically offer a prolonged burn duration, ensuring extended enjoyment without the need for frequent refueling.

Natural gas Rook Fire Table

Natural Gas as a Fuel Source For Fire Tables

Natural gas, an environmentally friendly and cost-effective fuel option, provides a reliable source of energy for fire tables. Although it burns at a slightly lower temperature compared to propane, it offers the convenience of a continuous fuel supply, directly connected to your home's natural gas line. This eliminates the need for refueling or storing fuel, making it an ideal choice for those who enjoy frequent outdoor gatherings. The consistent and readily available fuel supply enhances the overall convenience and usability of your natural gas-powered fire table. Typically, natural gas-powered fire tables have a prolonged burn duration, allowing you to enjoy the warmth and ambiance for extended periods of time.

People gathered around the Rook Fire Table

Outdoor Living Simplified With Fire Tables

If you’re seeking the perfect fire pit table for your outdoor space, look no further than our Rook Fire Table—a hand-cast piece with glass fiber-reinforced concrete. This fire table features a sculptural rounded design, lava rocks, and a slatted teak lid. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Rook Fire Table is super versatile. It can seamlessly transition from a source of comforting warmth during chilly evenings to a stylish coffee table that complements your outdoor setting during the day. We offer a propane version (complete with a concrete propane tank cover) as well as a natural gas-fueled version. Both of these come in three natural finishes (stone, canyon, and charcoal) so you can select the one that best suits your outdoor aesthetic.

Hand turning the Rook Fire Table's flame adjustment

Additional Tips for Enjoying Your Fire Table

Creating a cozy and inviting outdoor space with a fire table is a game-changer because it brings warmth and ambiance to your gatherings. To design a comfortable seating arrangement around the fire table, you can arrange outdoor furniture in a circular or semi-circular layout, which will also encourage conversation and relaxation.

Cozy outdoor chair with cushions and rounded concrete side table

Consider incorporating comfortable seating options such as plush sectionals, cushioned chairs, or even built-in benches. You should also opt for pieces with materials that withstand outdoor elements, ensuring durability and longevity. Also, make sure to arrange the furniture in a way that allows for easy access to the fire table while maintaining a sense of closeness and intimacy. You can even enhance the atmosphere with side tables for drinks and snacks. Our Terra Side Table features a sturdy powder-coated steel base and is small enough to be easily moved around. If you’re looking for more of a stand-out side table, consider our Haven Round Side Table, complete with a concrete top that will match perfectly with your Rook Fire Table.

Teak modern Adirondack-styled chairs around a Rook Fire Table with string lights hanging overhead amongst tall evergreen trees

And don't forget the power of lighting in creating an inviting space. String lights, lanterns, or even a dedicated outdoor lighting scheme can add a warm glow to your fire table area. Additionally, landscaping elements like potted plants or strategically placed greenery can contribute to the overall aesthetic, creating a seamless blend of nature and comfort in your outdoor retreat.

Finally, when adding a fire table to your patio, make sure to prioritize safety by following manufacturer instructions and local regulations. We also highly recommend keeping a fire extinguisher nearby and never leaving the fire unattended.

Final Thoughts

Understanding the differences between natural gas and propane is crucial for selecting the right fuel for your fire table. Make sure to consider the burning temperature, convenience, and aesthetic of each option. Whether you choose propane or natural gas, we have you covered with our state-of-the-art Rook Fire Table.

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