Types of Wood Burning Fire Pits

Types of Wood Burning Fire Pits

Wood burning fire pits have been a popular way to gather outdoors for centuries. They provide a warm and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for socializing, cooking, or simply enjoying the outdoors. There are many different types of wood-burning fire pits available, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. The best type of fire pit for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

In-Ground Hole Fire Pit

In-ground hole fire pits are the most basic type of fire pit, and the reason why we call places for gathering around the fire a "fire pit". They are simply a hole dug in the ground that is lined with rocks or bricks. In-ground hole fire pits are inexpensive to construct and can be very rustic and charming. However, they can be difficult to maintain and clean, and they can be a safety hazard if not properly constructed. An in-ground wood burning fire pit can be a tripping hazard when not covered.

In Ground Fire Pit Types of Wood burning fire pit

Ground Level Fire Pit

Ground level fire pits are similar to in-ground hole fire pits, but they are built on the surface of the ground. Ground level fire pits are easier to construct and maintain than in-ground hole fire pits. They are also less of a safety hazard especially for young children or pets, as they are not as likely to trip or fall into. However, ground level fire pits can still be a fire hazard if not properly constructed and maintained.

Ground level pits can be enhanced by elevating firewood off the ground using a fire grate. A sturdy fire ring can also protect the flames from wind and add safety to an on-ground fire pit. Always ensure that the ground has been properly prepared and covered with gravel or sand to protect the ground underneath and around. 

Ground Level Wood-Burning Fire Pit with Grate


Raised Fire Pits

Raised fire pits are elevated off the ground, which makes them a safer option than in-ground hole fire pits or ground level fire pits. Raised fire pits come in a variety of styles and can be designed to complement the décor of your patio or backyard. There are many different types of raised wood-burning fire pits available, including portable fire pits, kettle fire pits, stove fire pits, and fire pits surrounded by blocks.

Stove/Can Style Fire Pits

Stove/can-style fire pits are similar to kettle fire pits, but they have a more modern design. These pits are typically made of stainless steel or copper and have a variety of features, such as a built-in cooktop or dual-ventilation airflow. More portable than a kettle fire pit, the stove wood-burning fire pit may not give the ambiance you desire from a wood fire, because it is completely surrounded by the walls of the pit.

Portable Fire Pits

Portable fire pits are small and lightweight, which makes them easy to move around your yard or take with you on camping trips. Portable fire pits are typically made of steel and metal mesh and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. A portable fire pit is a good option if you plan to move the location of your pit often. However, many portable fire pits rust easily and only last 2-3 seasons due to their thin material.

Portable Fire Pit Types of Wood Burning Fire Pits for your Backyard

Kettle Fire Pits

Kettle fire pits are designed to look like a large kettle or cauldron. The main bowl is typically made of cast iron, and they become a more permanent structure in the backyard due to their weight. However, many kettle wood-burning fire pits do not allow for air flow or easy cleaning. A sturdy fire grate is recommended to enhance air flow for cleaner, brighter fires.

Fire Pits Surrounded by Blocks

Fire pits surrounded by blocks are a classic and timeless design. They are typically made of concrete or stone and can be customized to match the décor of your patio or backyard. Placing a high-quality fire pit insert into the blocks adds elegance and safety to the gathering area, and you can gaze across the fire without having to crane your neck to see the pit. A wood-burning fire pit insert surrounded by blocks also allows for kicking back and putting your feet up by the fire.

Put your feet up on the block-surrounded fire pit

No matter what type of wood-burning fire pit you choose, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe operation. Always have a water source nearby in case of an emergency.

Additional Tips for Wood-Burning Fire Pits

  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fire.
  • Use only dry, untreated wood.
  • Never burn trash or other flammable materials in the fire.
  • Properly dispose of ashes after the fire has completely cooled.

Wood-burning fire pits can be a great addition to your patio or backyard. By following these tips, you can ensure that your fire pit is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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