Matt Johnson

The Complete Guide to Buying and Using a Camping Propane Fire Pit

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Jun 27, 2022Updated: Dec 11, 2023

When it comes to outdoor activities, few things can beat the experience of sitting around a warm fire on a cool night. Camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities, and using a camping propane fire pit is a great way to improve your experience. This guide will cover everything you need to know about using and buying a propane fire pit.

What is a camping propane fire pit? 

Camping propane fire pits are a great way to enjoy a campfire without dealing with the hassle of gathering wood and starting a fire

Although they may look like their wood-burning cousins, there are some key differences from a distance. Propane fire pits use propane gas instead of wood, and they come in various sizes and styles. Some even have built-in grills so that you can cook your food over the fire. 

Chances are you might have seen a few while camping, but they look similar to traditional wood-burning fire pits you might not have known.

Camping propane fire pits are also very easy to use. All you need to do is turn on the gas and light the fire with a match, lighter or spark ignition button found on many models. Then, you can sit back and enjoy the warmth of the flames. 

Propane is also much more efficient than wood, so you’ll save time and money in the long run by using a camping propane fire pit.

Why buy a camping propane fire pit? 

Camping is a great way to return to nature and enjoy the outdoors, but some conveniences can make the experience more enjoyable. One of these conveniences is a propane fire pit. 

While a wood-burning fire pit may seem like the more traditional option, there are several advantages to using a propane pit. 

  • Propane is easier to light than wood. You can get your fire going quickly and without hassle. After all, you’re glamping to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and not have to work to enjoy yourself.
  • Propane produces less smoke than wood. You can enjoy your fire without being enveloped in smoke. It’s always a pain to move your camping chair around the fire to avoid the smoke.
  • Propane is more compact and easy to transport. All you have to do is grab a propane tank and set off on your journey. It is an excellent option for both backyard and camping trips. 
  • Never worry about burn bans. This is my favorite. With a camping propane fire pit, you don’t get affected by burn bans during the summer dry season. It’s practically the same thing as a grill.

So if you’re looking for a convenient and comfortable way to enjoy your next camping trip, consider investing in a propane fire pit.

How do you choose the right camping propane fire pit for you? 

When it comes to camping, there is nothing quite like sitting around a roaring fire. Not only does it provide warmth and light, but it also helps to create a feeling of community and togetherness. However, building a fire can be tricky, and not everyone enjoys the challenge.

That’s where propane fire pits come in.

These portable pits are easy to set up and use and offer all the benefits of a traditional campfire without the hassle. But with so many different models on the market, how do you choose the right one for you? Here are a few things to consider before making your purchase-

  • Size. Propane fire pits come in various sizes, from small tabletop models to large freestanding units that double as a tabletop. Think about how much space you have available and how many people you want to be able to accommodate around the fire. From my experience, I prefer smaller/medium-sized ones that are lower to the ground so I can absorb the heat better on a chilly night.
  • Weight. The weight will be an essential consideration if you take your fire pit on hikes or backpacking trips. Look for a lightweight model that won’t add too much bulk to your pack. Some fire pits are bigger and decorative and can create a larger flame, but a few are easier to carry around.
  • Price. Propane fire pits range in price from around $50 to $200. Decide how much you’re willing to spend and look for a model that fits your budget. 
  • Functional vs. decorative. There are different types of propane fire pits available. Some are designed to be purely functional, while others double as outdoor decor pieces. Decide what you’ll be using your fire pit for and choose accordingly.

Now that you know what to look for let’s take a closer look at some safety pointers for using your fire pit.

Decorative Fire Pit
Decorative propane fire pit. This one has a built-in propane line.

How to use a camping propane fire pit safely.

A fire pit can be a great addition to any backyard, providing a warm and inviting space for family and friends to gather. However, it’s essential to use caution when operating a fire pit, as it can pose a serious safety hazard if not used properly. 

One of the most important safety tips is to keep loose clothes, animals, and kids away from the fire. As with all fires, these can accidentally find their way into the flames.

Additionally, be sure to turn off the propane at the tank when the fire pit is not in use. If there is a gas leak at the connections of the hose or the fire pit, you might not know about it until it’s too late.

By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy your fire pit safely and responsibly.

Tips for getting the most out of your camping propane fire pit.

Whether roasting marshmallows or cooking a meal, a camping propane fire pit can be a great addition to your camping gear. However, a few things to keep in mind if you want to get the most out of your fire pit. 

  • Size matters. Make sure you have the right propane tank size for your fire pit. If the tank is too small, it will run out of fuel quickly. I find that a full 20lb propane tank will provide a blazing fire for several nights.
  • Safety first. Always follow proper safety precautions and the safety tips we mentioned. Nobody wants their glamping trip ruined by a visit to the emergency room.  
  • Have plenty of goodies available. This is the best part of a propane fire pit. You can roast marshmallows, hot dogs, and everything else over it. It’s no different than a grill. While everyone else is left enduring a burn ban, you’ll have tasty s’mores in your hands.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable campfire experience.

Camping propane fire pits are a great way to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about gathering wood and building a fire. They are easy to set up and use and provide a warm, cozy campfire atmosphere that can make any camping trip more enjoyable.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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