How to Pick the Right Fire Pit for Your Outdoor Living Space

Fire pits and fireplaces have evolved. Not only do they come in a range of styles, but they also offer designs that burn different types of fuels. They still offer that amazing outdoor experience such as roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, and enjoying a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a cool evening. If you want to add the great outdoor experience to your backyard, we can help. Here we examine the two big issues when choosing a fire pit — fuel, and movability.

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Which type of fire pit is right for your outdoor living space?

A fire pit brings the essence of a campfire to your outdoor living space. They are a beacon around which people gather and enjoy the evening. Traditionally, fire pits provided a little warmth and a little ambiance. They quickly became the civilized way to enjoy an open flame. So gather up the kids and reconnect with your family over an evening gathered around your backyard fire pit!

Tip: For the best experience be sure to add marshmallows, hotdogs, Hershey bars and graham crackers to your shopping list.

Modern fire pits offer many options. For example, some of them not only burn wood but have the capacity to be used as a grill. They come in a range of styles from ornate metal boxes to open pits and even as permanently placed stone structures.

To view some of the different fire pits we’ve built, visit our gallery.

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Moveable or Permanently Located?

So, one of the first decision that you have to make is do you want the fire pit to be permanently situated or moveable?

Both options have benefits. The movable fire pit is easy to set up wherever you want it. There are even options for tabletop fire pits. The permanent structure is durable for years without the worry of having to store it out of the elements. A good way to think about this is to look at how you will use the fire pit. If you already love to grill outdoors, then a permanent fire pit is a good addition to your yard. In fact, consider adding a complete grilling and dining area. What you gain is a perfect setting for outdoor dining, cooking, and family time all in one spot.

Stone Fire Bowl by Belknap Landscape Co.

Stone Fire Bowl by Belknap Landscape Co.

Wood, Gel, Natural Gas, or Propane?

The fuel source is the next big decision.

Wood is easy and available in most places, but an open wood fire might be regulated during certain parts of the year. The benefit of wood is that it is probably the most affordable option and the most authentic when it comes to roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.  How do you like your marshmallows — Burnt, golden, or totally engulfed in flames?

Tip: Ask yourself, what Kind of Fuel is Available Where You Are?

Natural gas and Propane — In a rural setting, such as camping or at a cabin, natural gas might not be available, but if it is, then a piped set up provides endless fires without all the hassle. The drawback of a piped system is that they require permanent placement. Still, there is the option of a portable canister for both propane and natural gas. Another benefit is that a gas fire might be permissible when a wood fire is restricted.

Gel —A gel fuel fire pit has the benefit of not producing smoke, odors. So, if you love the idea of a campfire, but not all the smoke then a gel fire pit might be the right options for you.

There are many designs and price ranges for fire pits these days. Some of the best are custom built to fit your unique space. What type of fire pit works for your outdoor living space?  Reach out to us with questions or if you’d like to explore the options for your backyard. As professionals in the industry, we have the experience and knowledge to help you choose or install the best fire pit for your backyard.

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