Gather around a warm campfire with friends and family without leaving the comfort of your own backyard. Use these tips to choose the right fire pit for a cozy and intimate gathering place.
Fire Pit Styles
Today’s fire pits are much more sleek and stylish than their name implies. Here are some fire pit ideas for your yard:
• Fire Bowls. A fire bowl is a large metallic bowl suspended over the ground by a frame. These portable fire pits sit low to the ground. Outdoor fire pits can be small enough to fit on most small patios or backyards. Choose a simple metal design or one with more ornate latticework. A concrete bowl gives an industrial feel to a modern outdoor space.
• Fire Pit Tables. Fire tables sit higher off the ground than fire bowls, and they are generally made from stone or metal. Fire tables may have a surface that can hold drinks or act as a footrest. Some gas-powered tables have decorative wicker or metal sides. They’re great for a more formal patio that’s a frequent entertaining space.
• Fire Pit Kit. Install a permanent fire pit in your backyard with a kit. Each one has everything you need to put it together, including stones and adhesive. It also has a fire ring, which will safely contain the flame.
To complete the scene, add outdoor sectionals and patio chairs for a comfy conversation area.
Wood vs. Gas
Most patio fire pits are fueled by wood or gas. Wood-burning versions can be portable. Metal fire pits made of aluminum can withstand high heat and are light enough to move easily. Cast iron pits are harder to move, but they retain heat well. Choose a fire pit with a screen to enjoy it safely, especially if you’ll have children or pets around.
Gas fire pits are powered by propane or natural gas. These require access to a gas line or tank. Gas-powered versions are easy to operate, and they turn on and off instantly. Since wood can be expensive and more difficult to find in urban areas, city dwellers often choose natural gas or propane fire pits.