The outdoors is a great gathering place for entertainment. Lush nature, light, and comfortable yet elegant furnishings make it a great outdoor meeting space.
Looking for a way to take outdoor hangouts to the next level? Consider adding a fire pit to the garden space. This piece adds heat, light, and design style, all in one go. From the atmosphere and warmth to the mood and atmosphere, a bonfire unites an outdoor space.
Whether you’re an experienced domestic artist or just looking for ways to optimize the backyard, a fire pit adds new elements to any backyard.
But what options would be the brightest and most suitable for your new home? There are so many options on the market (and it can be overwhelming). With our guide, we break down each type of brazier and the perfect choice for you and your home.
Explore our guide below and get started.
Before choosing a fire pit
Improving the backyard is not a difficult task, but it is essential to plan carefully. After all, this fire function can heat the garden in warmer and colder temperatures, making it a pretty versatile piece.
All owners should have the size of their garden on hand. Knowing the exact measurements will ensure that you choose the right setting and location for the unit. Then, consider how often the fire pit will be used: daily, weekly, seasonally, or occasionally. How often you plan to turn it on is important and will play a role in size, features, and price points. After that, decide where the fire pit will be placed or installed for entertainment. Finally, set a budget and a short list of styles (i.e. metals, finishes) for the new pit.
1. Basic fire pit
The most popular and quintessential option is the fire pit in the backyard. And, wells are available in a variety of sizes, stones, and styles.
Most commonly, fire pits are built above ground. Usually, the well has a circular design, crafted with stones, and plenty of space in the middle to safely light and contain the fire. How do you feed a fire pit? Wood is the most common, but fluids, coal, gel and gas also work.
Wells can also be buried and customized by size, width, metal, stones and tiles. The decisive factors will be the needs of the owner and the size of the garden.
2. Bowl of fire
Outdoor table Elementi Lunar BowlOutdoor table Elementi Lunar Bowl
Similar to its pit counterpart, the fire bowl can be built on the ground or on the ground. A bowl is more portable and also has an artistic element.
Fire basins can be portable, more like bowls and royal cauldrons on short legs. The fire is built and contained inside the bowl. These durable bowls are powerful but also efficient: they can be easily moved and cleaned. Most of these bowls run on natural gas or propane.
Purchase options: Elementi Lunar Fire Bowl ($1,450); Ayoka Fire Bow ($900)
3. Columns of Fire
Planika Faro 59″ – Outdoor Propane Fire Column (Glass Shields, Black Glass Pebbles, Gas reducer incl) Gas Fireplace with 27k of BTUPlanika Faro 59″ – Outdoor Propane Fire Column (Glass Shields, Black Glass Pebbles, Gas reducer incl) Gas Fireplace with 27k of BTU
Looking for an aerodynamic and elegant option? Fire columns pack a lot into one piece.
A column of fire looks a lot like a bowl, but the only difference is its aesthetics and shape. The columns are usually high and rectangular. Since the column occupies a vertical space, this is a stellar choice for more welcoming entertainment spaces or occasional campfire enthusiasts.
Purchase options: Planika Fire Column ($600); Christopher Knight Fire Column ($255)
4. Fire tables
Outland Living Series 403-Espresso Brown Fire Table, Espresso Brown/50,000 BTUOutland Living Series 403-Espresso Brown Fire Table, Espresso Brown/50,000 BTU
Like the fire options above, the fire tables are quite similar. Except that this unit has a square shape and includes a tabletop surface. This independent piece sits on the ground and can be easily moved.
Fire tables create automatic gathering areas and include space to put snacks and drinks (such as hot chocolate and marshmallows). Table sizes can vary and can also be customized by materials, such as stone or metal finishes. If you need to combine functionality and personal style, a fire table is a good choice.
Purchase options: Outland Fire Table ($700); Elementi Concrete Fire Table ($1,650); Cosiest Propane Fire Table ($700)
5. Outdoor fireplace
outdoor stone fireplace
Grandiose, attention-ready outdoor fireplaces make an impression. This is a good option for those looking for maximum customization, high temperature and all the advantages of a fireplace.
Of course, this is a custom build, so an outdoor fireplace is a serious budget with its custom installation. However, homeowners can combine vision and style by choosing any tile or stone and energy source (gas, wood, propane, etc.) for their one-of-a-kind outdoor fireplace.
6. Small fireplace
BALI OUTDOORS Outdoor Fireplace Wooden Fire Pit, ChimeneaBALI OUTDOORS Outdoor Fireplace Wooden Fire Pit, Chimenea
Fireplaces have a “cool” factor and are widely used throughout the Southwest and in Mexico. It’s like a traditional chimney, with smoke seeping up and out through a single opening at the top. And, like a fireplace, it emits heat to those gathered around it.
A small fireplace is a good choice for a busy backyard with pets and children, as the only opening is easily monitored and controlled.
Shopping options: Bali Outdoors Chiminea ($170); Lakeside Collection TerraCotta Chiminea ($110)
7. Portable campfires
Sunnydaze Cosmic Outdoor Fire Pit – 42 Inch Large Bonfire Wood Burning Patio & Backyard Firepit for Outside with Round Spark ScreenSunnydaze Cosmic Outdoor Fire Pit – 42 Inch Large Bonfire Wood Burning Patio & Backyard Firepit for Outside with Round Spark Screen
Small, smart and mobile, the portable brazier takes the cake. Functionally, these fire characteristics work just like bowls and columns of fire. The only difference is its shape.
Often shaped like a cauldron or bucket, the portable brazier is modern and timeless. Portable campfires are some of the most common fire features found in backyards.
Shopping options: Sunnydaze Cosmic Fire Pit ($229); Tiki Stainless Steel Fire Pit ($350); Mueller Fire Pit ($111)