How to Choose the Perfect Fire Pit Table

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Having a fire pit table on your patio is like adding a touch of magic to your outdoor living space. It transforms your backyard into a warm, welcoming oasis where friends and family can gather, share stories, and enjoy the beauty of a flickering fire under the open sky. It's not just a source of heat; it’s the centerpiece that brings your outdoor atmosphere to life. If you're thinking about buying a fire pit table, the wide range of options might seem overwhelming. But don't worry—we’ll help you understand the key factors to consider so you can make the best choice. Keep reading to learn more about what to look for in a fire pit table and why a Stoll fire table might be the perfect addition to your outdoor retreat.


5 Things to Think about When Buying a Fire Pit Table

When buying a table-type fire pit, you want one that looks great, works well, and fits your space perfectly. The main factors to consider are fuel options, safety features, installation, design, and heat output.

#1: Fuel Options: Propane, Natural Gas & Others

Choosing the right fuel type is a big decision that impacts convenience, cost, and overall experience. Propane and natural gas are the most popular options, each with its own benefits.


Propane is portable and easy to use. You can place the table anywhere in your yard or patio, as it doesn't require a fixed connection. Propane tanks are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace, making them flexible. But, you’ll need to monitor fuel levels to avoid running out unexpectedly during a gathering.

Natural Gas

Natural gas offers a continuous fuel supply without the need for refills, provided you have a natural gas line installed. This can be more convenient if you plan to use your fire table frequently, as you won’t need to worry about replacing tanks. It’s typically more cost-effective over time compared to propane.

One downside is the lack of portability; once your table is connected, it stays put.

Alternative Fuels

Some fire tables also support wood or gel fuels. Wood-burning fire tables provide a traditional, campfire-like experience with crackling logs and the aroma of burning wood. But, they require more maintenance, and wood-burning models produce smoke, which might not be ideal for all settings. Gel fuel fire tables are a smokeless option with easy setup and cleanup, but the fuel can be more expensive and may not produce as much heat as propane or natural gas.


#2:  Safety Features & Regulations

Safety should always be a top priority when choosing a fire pit table. Look for models that come with essential safety features to ensure safe operation and prevent accidents.

Flame Guards

Flame guards help contain the flames and prevent accidental contact—a must-have, especially if you have children or pets.

Automatic Shut-Off Valves

Automatic shut-off valves cut off the gas supply if the flame is extinguished unexpectedly, preventing gas buildup and potential hazards.

Spark Screens

Spark screens help contain embers and sparks, reducing the risk of fire spreading—useful for wood-burning fire tables.


#3:  Installation & Setup Process

The ease of installation can vary significantly between different fire pit tables. Some models come fully assembled and ready to use right out of the box, while others require some DIY effort.

Fully Assembled vs. DIY

Consider your comfort level with assembly and the time you're willing to spend on setup. If you prefer a hassle-free experience, look for models that are either fully assembled or have minimal assembly requirements.

Professional Installation

For natural gas fire tables, you may need professional installation to connect the table to your gas line safely. This can add to the initial cost but ensures a secure and compliant setup.

Space Considerations

Think about the space where you plan to place your fire table. Make sure there’s enough room for proper ventilation and safe operation. Measure the area to confirm the table fits comfortably without crowding your patio or deck.


#4:  Design Variations & Customization

A fire pit table should blend with your patio design and reflect your personal style. Buying a fire pit table with customizable options lets you choose from a variety of colors and finishes.

Custom Finishes

Many fire table manufacturers offer a wide range of outdoor-rated powder coat finishes. Whether you prefer a sleek, modern look or a more rustic aesthetic, you can match the table to your existing furniture, color scheme, and taste. 

Additional Features

Some fire tables come in different shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose a table that fits your space perfectly. You can also select features like integrated lighting or additional table space for serving drinks and snacks.


#5:  Efficiency & Heat Output Analysis

Consider the efficiency and heat output of your fire pit table. Make sure it provides enough warmth for your outdoor space and meets your comfort needs.

BTU Rating

Look for fire tables that feature a powerful burner, delivering enough heat to keep you cozy on cooler evenings. For example, our fire pit tables at Stoll Industries feature a robust 75,000 BTU burner. This level of heat output is ideal for larger spaces or for creating a warm atmosphere during colder months.

Fuel Efficiency

A fire table that burns fuel more efficiently will cost less to operate over time and have a smaller environmental footprint. Look for features like adjustable flame settings, which let you control the heat output and conserve fuel when full heat isn’t necessary.

Heat Distribution

An efficient fire table will distribute heat evenly, ensuring everyone around the table stays warm. Check user reviews and product specifications to understand how well the table performs in real-world conditions.


Integrating Fire Pit Tables into Your Patio Design

While freestanding fires require constant tending to, versatile fire tables provide a beautiful focal point for your backyard with glowing flames year-round.

  • Create a Cohesive Look: Customizable finishes help your fire table fit any patio style. Pair it with matching outdoor kitchen components for a unified look.
  • Arrange Seating Thoughtfully: Place seating around the fire pit to encourage conversation. Opt for comfy chairs or sofas that match your fire table's style.
  • Enhance with Lighting: Add string lights, lanterns, or built-in LEDs to create a warm, inviting glow around your fire pit table.
  • Add Natural Elements: Incorporate additional organic elements like plants, decorative stones, or small garden beds to enhance the natural feel around your fire table.
  • Incorporate Accessories: Add rugs, cushions, and side tables to create a cozy cohesion between your fire table and patio design.

Want outdoor living design tips? Check out our previous article, “Prefabricated Outdoor Kitchen or Custom Kitchen? You can have both!


Ready to Buy the Perfect Outdoor Fire Pit Table?

If you’re looking for a fire pit table that’s a cut above the standard options you find at big-box stores, look no further than Stoll Industries fire pit tables. 

  • Lightweight Aluminum: Made from lightweight aluminum, our fire pit tables are easy to move around, unlike heavy cast or stone tables. 
  • Customizable Finishes: With over 15 outdoor-rated powder coat finishes, you can pick the perfect color to match your patio design. Make your fire table uniquely yours!
  • Seamless Integration: Designed to fit seamlessly into your patio, our fire pit tables can also match or complement your Stoll outdoor kitchen, creating a cohesive and inviting outdoor space.
  • Powerful Heat Output: Each outdoor fire table features a strong 75,000 BTU burner, providing plenty of heat to keep you and your guests nice and toasty on cooler evenings. 
  • Easy Assembly: Our fire pit tables come either fully assembled or are easy to put together, so you can start enjoying them right away. 
  • Sleek Milan Style: Our popular Milan style offers a clean, modern look that mimics a natural concrete fire table or cast table without the heavy weight, giving you a sleek design with easy handling.

Experience the unmatched beauty of a Stoll Industries fire pit table and turn your outdoor area into a magazine-worthy retreat. Discover Stoll Industries fire pit tables now.