The concept of having an outdoor fire pit is not really new. Traditionally, these decorative yet useful pieces were not so glamorous, in fact they consisted of a hole in the ground.
Today, they have come a long way from their simple original version, offering potential customers a decorative and functional addition to their existing outdoor landscape. Types of outdoor fire pits can be numerous, but here are some of the most popular.
Tile & Stone
Many fire pit enthusiasts prefer a more refined and permanent type that blends in to the natural flow of the surrounding structures. The tile and stone types offer that convenience.
Sizes vary from large landscape pieces to a smaller accessory, they can be tailored to the size limitations of urban or rural residences. Generally, the fire pits size should not exceed three feet.
These should also be a safe distance away from any structures, and before building one, be sure to check with the appropriate city office to determine if having one of these violates ordinances or fire codes.
The type of construction material used is crucial in determining long-term durability. For example, using granite, due to its non-porous qualities, will likely mitigate any cracking or major degradation to the fire pit.
On the other hand, choosing a brick or other porous stone may put more risk to the overall integrity of the unit.
Metal or Steel
Steel fire pits take on a shape of their own. Many of these have a decorative and unique design that is ideal for allowing proper ventilation or admiring the fire dancing within the bowl itself.
There are basically two ways to go when it compares to metal or steel versions. A metal/steel bowl and a steel ring. Metal bowls are probably the most popular.
They typically have 4 legs and are best suited for placement on the dirt or grass (since the metal can get really hot), it is not recommended to put on wood decks or other potentially flammable surfaces.
Propane or Gas
These are somewhat similar to their popular household BBQ counterparts. A gas or propane fire pit is simple and clean to own and maintain, and a typical kit comes with the special logs, hook ups, and rocks for decoration.
Companies famous for their propane tanks (i.e. Blue Rhino) have entered the market to create good quality gas versions.
An immediate benefit to using gas pits is the obvious simplicity to use, quick cleanup and maintenance, and less restrictions when placing one in close spaces (since sparks and uncontrollable flames are not a huge issue).
The downside of using this type is that it won’t likely be as warm as the log fire versions, but then again, it also won’t leave you smelling like smoke afterward.
All these choices offer a unique experience and you can’t really go wrong with any of these. Choosing the right one for you is based on personal preference or outdoor limitations.