Wood or gas-burning: when to choose what. A wood-burning outdoor fireplace has that campfire romance going for it — you can't roast hot dogs in a gas fireplace! Also, installing a wood-burning fireplace is a simpler (and often less expensive) process.On the other hand, gas fireplaces
are easier to use, which is ideal if you plan to spend a lot of time around yours. Also, some areas may have environmental restrictions in place limiting wood burning, so be sure to check with your city before committing.Wood fires can have health consequences, too, so consider your neighbors when placing one, or choose a gas fire pit.