How to Pick the Right Fire Pit

Renee Valdes
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Roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire. Feeling the warmth and watching the fire glow. It’s a tradition that is growing in popularity as the trend of entertaining outdoors continues. So gather with friends and family and chill out by the warmth of a backyard fire pit.

Getting set up is easy. You don’t need a lot of space and you can quickly create ambiance and fun in your backyard whether you choose a freestanding fire pit or build one yourself.

Cauldron fire pit

Freestanding fire pits, such as the cauldron style above, come in a variety of materials. Not sure how to decorate your area? Try a fire pit set to get a cohesive, stylish look.

Fire Pit Kit with Cooking Grate

Fire pit kits with stone are another option. These are durable and easy to assemble.

Building your own fire feature is another option if you’re the DIY type. All you’ll need to get started is a level location.

Rumblestone Fireplace Kit

Built-in outdoor fireplaces look amazing and can be crafted to blend into your landscape or patio area. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance and less expensive option, fireplace kits come with everything you need.

Steel chiminea with log storageChimineas can be rustic or sleek and modern, depending on your decor style. Some also come with wood storage underneath, which is handy when you want to throw another log on the fire. 

If you’re in need of a place to store logs because you’re in the habit of chopping your own real firewood, a firewood storage rack will help keep everything organized so moments around the fire can be plentiful. 

Other fire pits, such as those powered by propane, involve a bit more preparation. Once hooked up, propane fire pits make for easy ambiance because all you have to do is flip on the switch to get the party going.

Many propane fire pits come with all the supplies you’ll need and some even have storage for the tanks. They are a great option for areas that restrict wood burning.

If you’re looking for additional fire feature options, you can always add tall gas-powered fire columns around your patio for a cozy and warm look. 

Before you light up, take precautions and prepare your outdoor space for your fire pit. Clear away debris and flammable material and trim away any tree limbs.

If you live in a fire-prone area, check your local municipality for fire restrictions. That may help determine whether to choose a gas-powered pit or the wood-burning type. 

Here’s additional information on choosing and maintaining your fire pit.

Safety Tips:

  • Keep the fire feature 10 feet from any structure or combustible surface.
  • Place a bucket of water or fire extinguisher within reach.
  • Stay up to date on burn bans or restrictions.
  • Burn only real wood, not the pressure-treated type.

Fire pit outdoor space

Once you’ve created your new outdoor fire pit space, there are a few tools you may need to keep the fun going and to maintain your space.

Then, all you need to do is light the fire and relax.

Tools:

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