Natural gas is the cleanest energy source, and though it requires some professional prep work, you will enjoy the clean burning, without the smell of burning wood.
Liquid propane (LP) is used ONLY when you do not have natural gas available in the house, and you use LP for all your needs around the house. The propane tank CANNOT be placed under or next to your fire bowl! LP is heavier than air and therefore tends to sink, so the fire bowl will require ventilation. Fire bowls used for LP have weeping holes created for air flow, and the LP is routed to them from a big tank that supply's energy to the house.
A 25 Gallon ( which is 5 times the size your typical BBQ tank) can run for about 4 hours for a typical 120K BTU burner. Most of our sit around fire bowls offer about 130k- 180K, so as you can see storing and running to fill up the tanks in the middle of a party is not a good solution.
Gel has been discontinued and is off the shelf in most places, due to safety issues. We do not supply gel.
Ethanol burns for a very limited time and requires that you wait for the ethanol to finish burning, then cool down, and then pour more ethanol, and then relight. We do not supply ethanol.
Firewood is a wonderful fire bowl option to roast marshmallows, or hotdogs without worrying about the burner. However, firewood smells like firewood, and it emits smoke, so it’s not allowed in some areas. Also, if the fire bowl is close to the house, you will smell the smoke in the house, so shut all the windows.
One more thing to remember about wood burning fire bowls is that it produces soot, and you can expect to find soot all around when it's windy.
IMPORTANT! Burning Firewood is not as easy to completely put down, unlike gas fueled or LP you can not just turn the valve. So be extra careful not to leave fire unattended, and to make sure there is no chance for the fire to reignite once you are not there.