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.
Ground Level Fire Pit
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
Kettle Fire Pits
Fire Pits Surrounded by Blocks
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.