Again, a general recommendation here; in most cases, you’ll want to go with Natural Gas or Propane fire pits and fireplaces over wood-burning, but both have their benefits.
If your space is out in the open and exposed to wind, you’ll definitely want to consider Propane or Natural gas. When it’s windy, wood-burning fires have a tendency to interrupt intimate moments with a thick gust of smoke!
Each fuel type also has a different level and pattern of heat output – wood-burning fires are initially very hot, losing their heat very quickly, while Propane and Natural gas fires have a constant and variable heat output. If it’s cold, you can crank it up and stay toasty all night.
So why do people buy wood-burning fireplaces? Simply for the charm and the ambiance of a real fire. Some people feel that it’s a completely different experience and that especially outside, wood-burning fireplaces are a whole lot more fun. As they always say, “light a fire, and everyone’s a storyteller.”