The Best Types of Fire Pits for Backyards
Warm weather, late nights, and backyard parties. Summer is officially here! A fire pit can put the finishing touch on any backyard paradise. What’s a better way to spend the summer than with some close friends huddled around a fire, toasting s’mores, and sharing stories? We can’t think of any; can you? In this article, we will be looking at some of the best fire pits around. First, there are several types of fire pits available.
The Different Types of Fire Pits
There are many diverse types of fire pits available, so you will want to do your research before completing a purchase. Taking the time to explore your options will allow you to determine the fire pit that perfectly fits into your backyard’s aesthetic. Here are the four common fire pits you may want to consider installing in your private oasis.
Propane Fire Pits
Propane pits are easier to manage than their wood-burning counterparts. But while they are more convenient compared to other types, these fire pits tend to cost a pretty penny.
Gel Fuel Fire Pits
A gel fuel fire pit is a portable pit that uses canisters of alcohol-based gel as its fuel source. Beautiful though they may be, they do not give off too much heat. As such, fewer homeowners top for gel fuel fire pits.
Natural Gas Fire Pits
These types of fire pits are fed directly from the gas line of the house or a portable propane tank. The benefit of a natural gas pit is that it’s usually much cheaper than propane, and you will not have to run out to the store to buy more, since it will already be connected to your house.
Wood Burning Fire Pits
The wood-burning fire pit is the one most people think of when camping or making s’mores comes to mind. You can hear the fire crackling and smell the smoke. There are several types of wood-burning pits, such as stone or brick. These will take the most upkeep, though, since you must cover it when not in use, as well as shovel the ash out.
Solo Stove Bonfire
The Solo Stove Bonfire is an attractive, sleek fire pit that comes at an affordable price. At $239, you can experience all the joys of a warm fire without having to battle the smoke, as this pit is smoke-free. It’s also portable and lightweight, only weighing 20 lbs. Its signature feature, however, is how it eliminates the smoke through airflow. The rising hot air is pulled through the bottom of the fire pit, which has vent holes. Then it’s sent around the fire to reduce the smoke. For its price and ease of use, you cannot go wrong with the Solo Stove.
Tiki Brand Fire Pit
The steel and stained wood Tiki Brand Fire Pit is a sturdy, modern piece of equipment. With prices starting at $395, this pit is certainly worth the investment with its smooth airflow system, ease of ignition, and large (16”) mouth. The airflow system recycles warm air back into the fire chamber, thus diminishing the amount of smoke. The Tiki Brand Pit also has a removable ash pan which makes it easier to clean up.
Breeo X Series 24
This 78-pound pit is built to take the heat. The Breeo X Series 24 is built from a mix of Corten steel and 304 stainless steel. Because of its sturdy design, it doesn’t require a rain cover. In other words, you don’t have to worry about this one in the elements. It comes in three sizes, X19, X24, and X30, which is the largest and most expensive model, coming in at $1,249. Similar to the smokeless Solo Stove, the X Series also has an advanced airflow system that reduces the amount of smoke. It’s also relatively easy to ignite and stays lit nicely.
Flickr Fire Personal Concrete Fireplace
This compact, portable fireplace is a beautiful addition to any home. It utilizes isopropyl alcohol, (which is safe to eat over), meaning it works both inside and outside. 5.5” by 4” it is the smallest (and cheapest) fire pit on our list. It comes in grey or matte black for $99. Quite a cheap price for such a functional, sleek fireplace. For five ounces of isopropyl alcohol, you get 50 minutes of burn time that lights up the cozy ambiance of any room.
Yaheetech Outdoor Fire Pit
The Yaheetech Outdoor Fire Pit is a hexagonal, iron, wood-burning fire pit that is uniquely durable. Interestingly, the hexagon shape is better for warmth; it extends the heating effects much better than the circular pits. Along the hex shape pit, there is a grid side cover, which allows air and heat to surround you. It’s also a lightweight fire pit, weighing only 17 pounds. At $79.99 this is an affordable fire pit perfect for any backyard, garden, or party space.
Tuscola Steel Outdoor Fire Pit
A wood-burning fire pit with a contemporary look and feel, the Tuscola Steel Outdoor Fire Pit is a great budget option. Though just because it’s affordable does not mean it is not worth the money. The pit is weather resistant and comes with a spark screen. It measures 30” long so there’s plenty of room to get a good fire started. At $149.49, you can’t get a better bargain for your buck.
Outland Living Series Fire Table
The Outland Living Series Fire Table is a great addition to any backyard, especially for those who like to cook. This table boasts a 24-inch height —which makes it perfect for dining — as well as a stainless-steel burner that can produce up to 50,000 BTU of heated flames. Featuring a modernist design, it comes complete with weather-resistant wicker and black tempered glass. The price is a bit steeper than the other ones we’ve covered, pricing in at $664 on Amazon.
Install a Fire Pit in Your Patio with Help from Shoreline Pools
Regardless of the fire pit that you determine fits your needs, it can be agreed upon that this amenity is the spark your outdoor setup is missing! But fire pits are not the only thing that will take your patio to the next level. Shoreline Pools is ready to help you improve all your outdoor amenities. Call (203) 357-1544. today to connect with our team of backyard experts!