Fire Pit Essentials

Fire pit in backyard
Gathering friends and family around a cozy fire has been a tradition of mankind for thousands of years. Enjoy this timeless ritual in the comfort of your own backyard by adding your very own fire pit. Here are some things to consider before planning a get together under the stars for singing, stories, and s'mores.

Fire pit in backyard


As with most purchases, price is a very important aspect to consider when buying a fire pit. Some fire pits cost as low as $100 or as much as thousands, depending on your design or if you are making it yourself. Materials, size, heating style, portable vs. permanent and other factors will also come into play with price.


Permanent vs. Portable

The simplest way to decide how much you are willing to spend or what heating style you prefer may be based on whether you’d like this outdoor feature to be permanent or portable. If you decide to take the permanent route, be sure to match your new fire pit to the existing outdoor decor and garden. A permanent fire fixture can become a stunning focal point of your yard and can be a do-it-yourself project or with a landscaping professional. A portable firepit can come in a variety of materials, including copper, stainless steel, or heavier iron-cast bowls. It is important to place your portable fire pit on a natural surface such as concrete, stone, gravel, or fire-resistant material to keep safe from stray embers that may lead to fire damage.


Wood or Gas

Choosing between wood-burning or gas-powered is another decision you will have to make. There are pros and cons of both heating styles. Wood-burning fire pits offer: bigger fires, affordability, enhanced ambiance, and entertainment. Some cons include: smell, time-consuming, cleaning up ashes, storage for a stockpile, and local ordinances. Gas-powered pits are: easy to start, clean operating, odorless, effortless, and smoke free. Cons with gas-powered include: smaller fires and cost-prohibitive installation.



Safety is a big issue when considering buying a fire pit for your home. A good rule of thumb is to place your fire pit at least a 10-foot distance from house and neighbors’ yards to keep homes safe. Always check the direction of the wind before you light a fire, don’t use flammable fluids to light/relight fires, don’t wear flammable clothing, and know how to safely dispose of ashes. Also be sure to check local laws or ordinances that may say your fire pit is too large for the community or is unsafe in your area.

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