Fire Pits

Summer Bonfire

Fire pits make a wonderful addition to any backyard, as they provide a warm retreat to gather around on chilly days and nights. When choosing a fire pit for your backyard, you'll have a lot of options available to you. This fire pits buyer's guide will help you understand your options so you can easily determine which fire pit is right for you.

Types of Fire Pits

There are two main types of fire pits, and the difference has to do with how the fire is fueled. You could purchase a wood fire pit or a gas powered fire pit. Both of them will provide you with a fire, but there are a few key differences between them. Some people prefer the smell of real wood burning in their fire pit, as it makes them feel like they are around a campfire. It also tends to provide a fuller type of fire that looks different than that of a gas fire pit.

With a gas fire pit, the process of getting things going will be a lot easier. You will not have to worry about collecting or buying wood; you can simply turn the gas on and light up your fire. Many people like this level of convenience and do not want to have to worry about handling firewood.

One of the potential drawbacks of using a gas fire pit is that it can be more expensive. The initial outlay of installing gas lines will be fairly costly. If you do this when you are building your house, it may not be as bad as if you try to go back and add it in later. If you live in a wooded area, it may be easier for you to simply go around and collect some firewood from time to time. This will provide you with a free way to enjoy a nice fire on your back porch.

You can purchase a propane fire pit that does not require gas lines to be installed, and you can simply hook it up to a propane tank just like you would with a barbecue grill. With this type of gas tank, you will have to buy more propane in order to keep enjoying your fire. You will also have to deal with the issue of where to place the propane tank so that it is concealed, if you don't want it seen. Many propane fire pits allow you to hook up a long hose to the propane tank so that it does not have to sit right next to the fire pit. However, then you may worry about not tripping over the hose.


The frame of the fire pit will also provide you with a few different choices. For example, you could choose between copper or stainless steel. Stainless steel is going to be a little bit more expensive, but it may be worth it because you will not have to worry about how it performs. If it gets dirty, you can simply wipe it off and it will look like new again. It also will not rust if you allow the fire pit to get rained on. Stainless steel will give you a much more maintenance free type of fire pit to deal with.

Removable Screen

Another feature that you should look for in your fire pit is a removable screen. Many of the newer models out there have this feature, but some of them still lack it. A removable screen sits on top of the fire so that embers from the fire do not fly up and land on you while you are sitting there. This is also important for preventing fires outside of the pit. You do not want a few burning embers to fly up and land on your house. This is a simple feature to look for, but it is extremely important.

Log Grate

When you are shopping for a wood burning fire pit, you should make sure that it has a log grate. A log grate will keep the logs up off of the bottom of the fire pit, which will allow the fire to get air. The fire needs to have a steady flow of air in order to keep going for the long-term. Otherwise, it may be difficult to keep your fire going.

Hard Cover

When you are done using your fire pit, you should be able to cover it up with a hard cover. This will provide you with a way to keep the rain out of your fire pit. If you do not use a cover, it can fill up with rain. Without a hard cover, your fire pit can get very messy.

Decorative Border

Many of the fire pits out there have decorative borders around the outside. You will find many different materials that these borders can be made out of of, including slate or granite. This feature is not necessary in order to enjoy the fire, but it does add a little bit of elegance to the fire pit. If the style of your home focuses on sophistication and elegance, you may want to think about getting a fire pit with a decorative border. Some of these decorative borders are large enough that you can rest your feet on them or set a drink on them also. This provides a little bit of added functionality to the fire pit.