Fire Pit 101: How to Choose the Right Fire Pit

A fire pit is a safe and sound way to bring the rustic feeling of a campfire to your yard, deck, or patio. Enjoyable year-round, a fire pit provides a magical focal point around which friends and family members can gather. Unlike traditional outdoor heaters, a fire pit offers 360 degrees of open flame and will bring an entertaining, alluring, and captivating element to your outdoor living space. Whether your outdoor decor is traditional, minimalist, rustic, or contemporary, there is always a fire pit to suit your personal taste.  The options are endless: portable vs. permanent, metal vs. stone, wood vs. gas.  We understanding that purchasing a new fire pit can be an exciting yet nerve wracking experience.  To better equip you, we have come up a Fire Pit 101 Buyer’s Guide to help you select the perfect fire pit that’s just right for you! Here is a useful list of features and styles for any outdoor living place.

 

FIRE PIT FUNCTIONS

  1. FIRE PIT GRILLS: Is cooking your forte? Maybe a fire grill pit can bring out your inner cook. There are plenty of cooking grate options available for your brand-new or existing fire pit.  If you already are in possession of a fire pit, simply fit a cooking grate over your fire pit. There are tops to fit all types of fire pits: stainless, black iron for grilling and cooking.

  1. FIRE PIT TABLES: Fire pit tables range in various designs and sizes from espresso coffee tables to nightlife bar tables. No matter what fire pit table you decide to purchase, you, your family and guest can enjoy drinks and dinner with the warmth of a fire in front of you.   

  1. DECORATIVE FIRE PITS: Wanna add balance, fun and ambience to your backyard decor?  A decorative fire pit can be the perfect addition for your outdoor living.  Rather lit or unlit, these decorative beauties offer ornamental outdoor accent. Decorative comes in all assortments: from landscape and inscriptions to custom cut designs.  You can even purchase a custom cut fire pit with any name, logo, or design you can dream up. Just send us the logo as a PDF or JPG.

FIRE PIT MATERIALS

Stainless Steel Fire Pit FIRE + PIT
STAINLESS STEEL

A stainless steel fire pit gives off a contemporary and industrial look. Rather your stainless steel fire pit is built above or below ground levels, make sure you routinely shine and clean it to maintain its lustered finish.

KEY POINTS
  • Long-lasting, lightweight material, Rust-free and weather-and-heat resistant
  • Available in various finishes, including shiny and brushed
  • Can end up being more costly. Stainless Steel Fire Pits generally are expensive investments- due to their durable nature.
Steel Fire Pit FIRE + PIT
STEEL

Steel fire pits are commonly stained or finished looking and come in many shapes due to its easy-to-mold metal nature. You can stick to the basics of traditional design or step it up a notch with an unconventional shape.

KEY POINTS
  • Comes in a variety of shapes and plenty of stained options.
  • Copper, brass and burnished brass is easily to rust. However, you can prevent such rust by frequently lining your fire pit with a powder coat or opting in for a powder coated option.
Copper Fire Pit FIRE + PIT
COPPER

A bowl shaped design is the most trendy and popular styles for copper fire pits. Its sleek, flat lip feature delivers the best fires. Unlike stainless steel fire pits, you have to keep in mind the rusting aged factor of cooper.  However, there are cleaning remedies to keep your copper fire pit looking brand new!

KEY POINTS
  • Durable. Will not rust. The weathering develops a great patina as time passes
  • Available in various finishes
  • Can be more expensive and must be regularly maintained if you want to keep the original finish and avoid the aging process caused by weather and heat
Cast Iron Fire Pit FIRE + PIT
CAST IRON

Looking for a durable, high quality and affordable fire pit? A cast iron fire pit might be right for you! The bowl and bucket shapes are two top styles for cast iron fire pits. However, these styles differs in functionalities. A bucket shaped fire pit is great for longer lasting fire due to its deep shape . On the other hand, bowls tend to be rather shallow in depth and come with a metal screen to prevent fire spillage.

KEY POINTS
  • Great for cooking
  • Durable Rust-Resistant option that's well suited for cooking
  • Inexpensive option that is readily available
  • Great heat conductor
Aluminum Fire Pit FIRE + PIT
ALUMINUM 

Aluminum fire pits are lightweight, durable and very affordable. It’s one of the most popular materials for fire pits and best of all it lightweight aluminum will not really reabsorb high temperature from the flames, producing them.

KEY POINTS
  • Lightweight and easy-to-move. Heat-conducive material that may last for year
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Won't rust, warp, or crack
  • Not the best quality material
Glass Fire Pit Table FIRE + PIT
GLASS

Reflective pebbles provide a unique look to glass fire pits. The tempered glass is usually melted to eliminate all chemical substances and bubbles. After that, it’s cooled and tumbled to soften hard edges. The glass naturally preserves the fire pit and can be a heat conductor to keep your backyard warm even when it’s not on.

KEY POINTS
  • Very stylish
  • High temperatures will not discolor or burn the glass
  • Available in various colors
Glass Fire Pit Table FIRE + PIT
POLYRESIN

Reflective pebbles provide a unique look to glass fire pits. This very tempered glass is usually melted to eliminate all chemical substances and bubbles. After that, it’s cooled and tumbled to soften hard edges. The ending effect is excellent! You will find crystal clear pebbles that lay gently in the fire pit. Plus, the glass naturally preserves the fire pit and can be a heat conductor to keep your backyard warm even when it’s not on.

KEY POINTS
  • Very stylish
  • High temperatures will not discolor or burn the glass
  • Available in various colors

TYPES OF FUEL

  1. PROPANE: Some fire pits have propane tanks attached to them, making them portable. Propane can be a steep investment at first but can outperform natural and organic fed fire pits.  Leaving you with longer and stronger fire for your camping and backyard adventures.

  2. WOOD: Depending on how big your fire pit is, you'll need to use a mixture of large, medium and even small logs for kindling. Begin stocking up!

  3. NATURAL GAS:  Fire pits that work on natural gas generally requires you to build-in the structure, and hook up to a residential natural gas line. Natural gas tends to be substantially less pricey than various other gasoline options, but may cost even more in advance as it must become installed by a professional.

  4. CHARCOAL: Controlled and manageable heat with a smaller sized fire.

  5. BIO-ETHANOL: A clean-efficient burning gas that emits no smoke, ash, or embers.

  6. GELS: A chemical substance that does not emit smoke or odors.

See illustrations of fireplace pits below which operate these kinds of gas; from left to right (propane, wood, natural gas, and bio-ethanol).

Fire Pit Fuel Types FIRE + PIT

 

FEATURES 

FREESTANDING PIZZA OVENS

Open fireplace can also be used as an outside pizza oven. It’s also great for cooking chicken wings. Outdoor pizza ovens are multi-functional fire pits that combine the fun cooking hot hearty meals with staying warm and toasty. These fire pits are exceptional for amusing a group of hungry people.
  

SPARK SCREEN DISPLAY  

Add a layer of protection for your family and friends with a screen that can battle away flying sparks and eager hands.  A good spark display screen helps to keep away hot sparks and burning embers from going outside the pit. 

MOSAIC FIRE PIT TOPS 

Involves a decorative surface area produced out of little bits of tile or glass. These Mosaic surfaces place in a subtle eye-catching aesthetic to your fire pit.Involves a decorative surface area produced out of little bits of tile or glass. These Mosaic surfaces place in a subtle eye-catching aesthetic to your fire pit.
WOOD GRATE FOR FIRE PITS 

Circulates oxygen under the wood for better combustion.  The wood grate produces better oxygen stream to keep your outdoor flame strong.  Circulates oxygen under the wood for better combustion. The wood grate produces better oxygen stream to keep your outdoor flame strong.

 

Additional Special Features

Eco-Friendly: Burns considerably even more sustainable gas types. Eco-friendly fire pits undoubtedly is a great way to respect your environment and be present with your surroundings.

Novelty Themes: Includes a unique design. Novelty-themed fire pits designs are infinite. Designs can range from a bold cut out of your favorite sports team to a meadow cut out in the steel base of the tip even on the neck of the chiminea.