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Light Up Summer Nights with a Fire Pit

Renee Valdes
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Fire pit

Get cozy around a crackling fire pit and turn your outdoor space into a three-season retreat.

If you’re focused on entertaining outside or just want to create a backyard sanctuary, fire pits are a great option because they deliver instant ambiance.


Fire pit

Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes. When selecting your fire pit, consider the dimensions of your space. Don’t forget to check that there are no trees covering the area from above for safety reasons. Check out our buying guide on fire pits and this video for choosing and maintaining your fire pit.

Many ready-made options can be set up quickly with very little assembly, such as the Hampton Bay Belcourt fire pit conversation set above. Hampton Bay is America’s number one patio brand. The quality stands up to the test of time and weather. 

With the right fire pit for your space, all you and your guests need to do is chill out and relax. 

Ideas to entertain around a fire pit


Fire pit

Because fire pits become the place where people gather, turn up the heat with a cool fire pit set.

All-inclusive fire pit sets come complete with seating and a fire pit. Many, including the Hampton Bay Redwood Valley fire pit set above, also come with a screen and poker so all you need to do is roast marshmallows for s’mores and grab someone to play the guitar. The comfy cushioned chairs come ready-made for relaxing. Just choose your favorite shade from a selection of 16 colors for the seat cushions. The weather- and stain-resistant cushions wipe down easily, too.

When you’re done roasting marshmallows, some sets have insert plates and the fire pit set transforms into a table. How easy is that?


Fire pit

Free-standing fire pits, such as the cauldron style above, fit perfectly in small spaces. Wood burns longer in this style fire pit so it puts off lots of heat in the surrounding area. Just place it near your existing outdoor seating and light the fire.

Most are lightweight and some have wheels that make moving the fire pit easy if needed. 


Patio furniture

If you prefer a built-in fire outdoor fireplace, why not make it the focal point of your patio?

A built-in stone fireplace anchors your space, making it truly like an outdoor living room. You’ll truly want to spend more time outdoors when it extends out from your indoor space. Many outdoor fireplace kits come with sturdy installation blocks that fit together for easy installation or consider buying one ready-made.

Find out how to create the ultimate outdoor oasis.


DIY firepit

Building your own fire pit on a level, open location in your yard is another option. All you’ll need to get started is fire safe landscape blocks, gravel and a few other tools and materials. This simple project can be done in one afternoon.

Don’t forget the firewood. If you prefer burning real firewood, you may need a firewood storage rack to help keep everything organized so you can grab logs when you need them for the fire pit.


Fire Pit on Patio | The Home Depot's Garden Club

Of course, if you’d prefer to avoid finding storage for logs, consider a fire feature powered by propane or natural gas. These fire pits involve a bit more preparation but once they’re hooked up, these gas-powered fire pits get the party started in an instant.

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