We all know fire pits are a great way to add ambiance and warmth to your backyard. They can be used for cooking, roasting marshmallows, gathering, and simply enjoying the outdoors. But with all the different types of fire pits, stoves, fire tables and more, it can be hard to find the right fit for your backyard. When considering the different types of fire pits available, consider your space, needs, and budget to pick the right type of fire pit for you.
Types of Fire Pits
There are seven main categories of fire pits to consider:
Dugout Fire Pits
In-ground or dugout fire pits are built into the ground and can be a permanent fixture in your backyard. They are dug into the ground and may be surrounded by stone, brick, or concrete. In-ground fire pits can add a focal point to your backyard and have the added benefit of being protected from the wind. However, dugout fire pits do not provide the appropriate airflow for an optimal fire, and an in-ground fire pit may be a tripping hazard when not properly protected. They are not ideal for social gatherings, as you can't look across the fire to someone when the fire is in-ground.
Ringed Fire Pits
Ringed fire pits are above-ground fire rings that are surrounded by a metal ring and sit on the ground. This type of fire pit is common at campgrounds. They may be surrounded by decorative stone or brick. While still below eye-level when sitting in chairs, the ringed fire pit offers good airflow and fire visibility. A great fire ring is made of thick steel and is resistant to rust and the elements.
Propane/Gas Fire Pits
Propane fire pits are fueled by propane gas and are a great option for people who want a fire pit that is easy to use and clean. Because they can be easily started and stopped, propane fire pits are a good option for people who live in areas with fire restrictions. While convenient, a propane fire pit or table doesn't create the same warmth or ambiance as a natural fire with firewood. They also can be more expensive to build and maintain.
Stoves are wood-burning heaters that are fueled by short wood parts. They are typically made of double-walled metal and have reduced smoke output through a re-combustion system. However, as they are entirely surrounded by metal, fire visibility is greatly reduced.
Portable Fire Pits
Portable fire pits are easy to move around and can be taken with you to the beach, camping, or other outdoor activities. They are typically made of thin metal or ceramic, and come in different styles such as screened in or stoves. Portable fire pits are a great option if you want a fire pit that you can use in different locations. However, many portable fire pits are made with a thin, lightweight metal, which means they are more susceptible to rust and wear.
Fireplace or Chiminea
A Fireplace of Chiminea is the set-up of an indoor fireplace, but outside! They are elegant in appearance and usually have a chimney. Outdoor fireplaces can be fueled by either propane or natural woodfire. While nice, the chimney-style does not offer a 360-degree view around the fire, compromising the outdoor gathering experience.
Elevated Fire Pit with Insert
Elevated fire pits are made of stone, brick, or concrete and are set into a paved area. They are a permanent fixture in your backyard and can be used for cooking, roasting marshmallows, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Elevating the fire with a fire pit grate or insert set is perfect for social gatherings and cooking, as the fire is visible while sitting across the pit - and you can put your feet up on the capstone to enjoy! While many are not easily transportable, paved fire pits are a great option if you want an option that is built to last.
Choosing the Right Fire Pit
When choosing a fire pit, there are a few things you need to consider:
- Size. The size of your fire pit will depend on the size of your backyard and how many people you plan to entertain.
- Portability. When deciding on a fire pit, consider whether you want a permanent fixture in your backyard or a small pit to take on camping and road trips.
- Fuel type. Fire pits can be fueled by wood, gas, or propane. Wood-burning fire pits are the most traditional type, but they can be messy if not properly cared for . Gas and propane fire pits may be more convenient, but they are often more expensive.
- Style. Fire pits come in a variety of styles, so you can find one that matches the décor of your backyard.
As with any backyard design, choosing the right fire pit for your needs can be a time-consuming process. If you are looking to maximize your backyard time, then consider an Elevated Fire Pit from Walden Backyards. The unique closed-system with Snuffer Lid makes your fireside experience - from first spark to end - easy, enjoyable, and efficient!