Let’s take a look at some gorgeous backyard fire pit designs and backyard fire pit ideas. We’re planning on putting one of these fire pits in our backyard near our Lazy Spa hot tub! Building a backyard fire pit can seem like a huge task but with the right plans and the right design, your backyard will be THE place to be all year round for your family and friends.
[one_half][/one_half]How do you know what kind of fire pit is best suited to needs and lifestyle? Should you use wood or gas? What shape or design should you look for? And most importantly, how can you ensure that your new toasty outdoor fire is maintained and used safely?
A fire pit is not quite a fireplace and not quite a campfire: it’s a completely different animal (yet it can also be used as a grill. That’s why we’ve included important tips on differentiating between kinds, shapes, functions, and costs.
But before we dive into all that…
Glass Fire Pits
Fire Pit Designs
Best Choice Products BCP Extruded Aluminum Gas Outdoor Fire Pit Table With CoverThe design and shape of your outdoor fire pit typically depends on whether you opt for portable or stationary outside fire pits. More often than not, the portables will be made of metal or copper, have a large round bowl design, and sit in a metal stand. Wood will be placed in this bowl-or if you’re opting for a gas hook-up, ceramic logs or fake-burning coals-and the removable protective screen placed on top. As mentioned before, portables are more function than design, so their options are somewhat limited. Chimneas also fall under the category of portables, boasting the antique wood-burning stove look, but because they are smaller and allow a lot less heat to radiate out, are less practical. Custom-built or permanent fire pits, on the other hand, come in a host of shapes and designs, due to the fact that you are having the unit professionally-installed. Typically, you can find these devices in round, square, or rectangular configurations incumbent upon your material of choice (brick, stone, wood, or concrete), and they come equipped with a built-in steel screen siding and metal enclosure doors for enhanced protection when not in use.
When it comes to backyard fire pit designs, get creative with it!
One of our favorite fire pit ideas for the backyard is this porch swing fire pit – isn’t it awesome?
Patio Fire Pit Ideas
Wood or Gas Fire Pits
Landmann 25282 Barrone Fire Pit with Cover, 26-Inch, Antique BronzeBoth portable and permanent fire pits will require either wood, gas, or both. If the fire pit you have your eye on prefers wood exclusively, it is most important to find out what type of wood. Some fire pits will burn regular firewood logs exclusively (aged wood is always the best choice rather than new or green wood), and so you will just buy the same type of cords you would for a fireplace.
To avoid safety hazards and general maintenance of your fire pit, you should never try to burn a pressed wood or fire log (paper-enclosed quick-light). The reason being; that because firelogs are made from sawdust materials, they will burn hotter than a fire pit crafted for cord wood can handle. Some fire pits, however, will offer the versatility of burning cordwood, pressed wood, and firelogs; in its safety specifications. Just remember that, unlike regular wood, only one firelog should be burnt at a time.
Also note that if a fire pit’s specs allows for pressed wood, it will be able to burn the somewhat comparable firelogs. The alternative to wood-fire is a gas hook-up. Gas will burn cleaner than wood, uses ceramic logs and fake burning coals, and can provide you with an almost-real look and warmth for your trip or patio. The only catch with gas-powered outdoor heat is that it requires more close and constant attention, due to its limitless supply of flammable energy.
Backyard Patio Fire Pit Ideas
Backyard Fire Pits Cost