I currently have a gas (run from our house gas line) fire pit in my backyard. It is approximately 18" off the ground and the fire ring (relatively new) is 36" in diameter, filled with gravel at the bottom and lava rock on the top. (We are not able to lower the pit).
During the fall, we are able to sit around it and feel quite warm. However, in colder temperatures, we have noticed that the heat does not get dispersed horizontally very well, because the heat is obviously straight going up. So, as one might expect, it gets a bit colder and people are less inclined to sit out in front.
Overall, we are hoping to get more heat to the people sitting around the fire.
Any suggestions on how we might get better heat? Would any of these help?
- Artificial Gas Logs?
- Use a different type of rock?
- Get a bigger flame somehow? (Bigger pipe?)
- Use a different fire ring? Different size?
- Any type of device we can use to circulate the heat?
Thanks very much!