Fire Pit Ring vs. Built-In Fire Pit: Which Option is Right for You?

Fire Pit Ring vs. Built-In Fire Pit: Which Option is Right for You?

The flickering flames of a fire pit create a magical atmosphere, perfect for cozy evenings under the stars. But before you roast your first marshmallow, a crucial decision awaits: fire pit ring or built-in fire pit? Both options offer warmth and ambiance, but they cater to different needs and aesthetics. Let's delve into the pros and cons of each to help you choose the perfect fiery centerpiece for your backyard.

Considering Your Backyard:

Size Matters:

  • Fire pit ring: Ideal for smaller backyards. They come in various sizes, offering flexibility but maintaining a more compact footprint. Their portability allows you to adjust their location as needed, perhaps moving them closer to the seating area for optimal enjoyment.
  • Built-in fire pit: Perfect for larger spaces. They can become a permanent focal point, often designed to complement your patio or deck. Consider the surrounding space – ensure enough clearance for seating and foot traffic.

Built In Fire Pit with Legacy Paved Area

Location, Location, Location:

  • Fire pit ring: More versatile in terms of placement. They can be positioned on a prepared dirt ground, a gravel base, or even a fire-resistant stone patio (with proper precautions).
  • Built-in fire pit: Typically built permanently on a solid, non-combustible surface like a concrete patio, pavers, or a pea gravel base.

Fire Ring Consider Surroundings


  • Fire pit ring: Consider if you need a lip on your fire pit ring to place it within something, or what kind of surface the ring will be placed on. An essential safety feature is a sturdy snuffer lid to easily quench the flames and protect the fire pit from moisture.
  • Built-in fire pit: Depending on the cost, you can expect more features from a built-in fire pit. Place a fire pit insert that allows for proper air-flow to the fire for the ultimate fireside gathering experience.

Cost and Value:

  • Fire pit ring: Generally a more budget-friendly option. They come in various price ranges depending on material and size. Don't skimp on your fire ring though - choose a sturdy option with a lifetime warranty.
  • Built-in fire pit: A more permanent fixture, often requiring some installation. This translates to a higher initial cost. However, a well-built fire pit with a high-quality fire pit insert can add value to your property as well as your experience.

Pressed from a single slab of steel, the Walden 30" Legacy Fire Pit Ring is built to last a lifetime. Pair it with a Snuffer Lid for ultimate control and peace of mind.

Aesthetics and Customization:

  • Fire pit ring: Offers a simple, rustic look. They can be easily surrounded with stones found locally for visual appeal.
  • Built-in fire pit: Offers a wide range of customization options. You can choose materials, shapes, and sizes to match your backyard aesthetic. Some built-in fire pits also incorporate features like benches, storage compartments, or additional landscaping for a touch of luxury.

Legacy Fire Pit with Ample space for Seating


  • Fire pit ring: A high quality fire pit ring requires less maintenance. Simple seasoning and regular clean-up will keep a sturdy fire pit ring in great conditions for many years. The Walden 30" Fire Ring is pressed from a single slab of steel, so it has no welds or fasteners and comes with a  lifetime warranty.
  • Built-in fire pit: May require more upkeep depending on the materials used. Stone or brick fire pits often need occasional cleaning and re-sealing. A durable fire pit insert will protect the hardscape of your fire pit and look great for years to come as well.

Fire Ring with Roasting Sticks

The Final Spark:

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you envision a portable, budget-friendly fire pit that you can enjoy on different surfaces in your backyard, a fire pit ring might be the way to go. However, if you desire a permanent statement piece that complements your landscaping and adds value to your property, a built-in fire pit could be the perfect investment.

Bonus Tip: Regardless of your choice, prioritize safety! Always check local fire restrictions and regulations before using a fire pit. Pair your fire pit ring or built-in fire pit with a snuffer lid for the ultimate safety to quickly end your fire.

So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, picture yourself enjoying the warmth of the fire, and choose the fire pit option that best sparks joy in your backyard!

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