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Fire Pit Buying Guide

Your Guide to Buying a Fire Pit

If you're thinking about adding a fire pit to your outdoor space, keep in mind that there are a variety of styles and other options to choose from. In this buyer's guide to choosing the right fire pit, we’ll explain all your options. Gas or wood-burning? How much maintenance is required? Which material is best? Get the all the fire pit answers and explanations you need to make an informed decision.

What fuel type are you looking for?


How will you use your fire pit?

What type of material should I choose?


  • Steel

    Steel

    Comes in a variety of types, ranging across price and quality. Steel is typically stained to achieve a particular look. Unprotected steel will rust over time, so keep that in mind when choosing a finish; Or, look for powder coated steel which maintains its appearance.

  • Cast Aluminum

    Cast Aluminum

    The best product for typical outdoor enthusiasts. It will not rust, and is very low-maintenance overall. While it is not as lightweight as aluminum, it can still be easily moved to accommodate a change in the wind. Cast Aluminum fire pits are designed for year-round use in any climate.

  • Stainless Steel

    Stainless Steel

    Can be more costly than other materials, but has unique benefits that set it above the rest. Things like rust, weather and heat resistant combined with its industrial look make it a highly preferred material. A durable metal, it will remain in good condition for years with the proper maintenance.

  • Faux Stone & Concrete

    Faux Stone & Concrete

    A durable and weather-resistant fiber reinforced material that is generally pretty heavy. An application where the fire pit will not be moved frequently is recommended. Most commonly, they are made with a solid steel frame and mesh body. The stone and bricks are then applied to the mesh using masonry techniques.

  • Copper

    Copper

    Among the best quality in fire pit materials, it can be more expensive. Copper is durable and will not rust over time. Instead, Its shiny surface will weather and develop a classic green patina after years of use. If you prefer the original finish, surface treatments are available to preserve the copper color.

  • Cast Iron

    Cast Iron

    A common metal used in fire pits because it is an excellent heat conductor. Cast Iron delivers the look of an expensive material at an affordable price. It's also sturdy, rust-resistant and lightweight enough to be moved around.

  • Aluminum

    Aluminum

    One of the more common materials used in the construction of firepits and patio furniture, aluminum integrates well with most patio sets. It is also a low-maintenance, lightweight material that will last for years.

  • Tile

    Tile

    Constructed of durable tiles usually in a mosaic or patterned design with a unique artistic feel. Much like stone, tile is fireproof often used as a decorative touch on smaller fire pits.

  • Polyresin

    Polyresin

    A durable material that will last for years its molded to imitate the look of natural stone. Polyresin offers a realistic look at a much lighter weight and lower price, while still being sturdy.


Which features should I look for?

  • Spark Screen

    Spark Screen

    Keeps burning embers and sparks from blowing outside the fire pit.

  • poker

    Poker

    Allows you to safely tend the fire while keeping your hands away from hot coals and ash.

  • Wood Grate

    Wood Grate

    Allows air to better circulate below the wood for better air flow and a bigger fire.

  • Cooking Grate

    Cooking Grate

    Gives you the flexibility to cook delicious wood-fired meals on your fire pit.

  • Cover

    Cover

    Protects the fire pit from the elements when its not in use.



Don't forget fire pit seating

A glowing fire is an instant invitation to gather, so make sure you've thought about what you're going to put around it. Incorporate comfy seating (and lots of it!) so guests feel free to move around and mingle. You can opt for some low-set Adirondack chairs or generously sized patio club chairs for extra comfort. For a more casual atmosphere, try outdoor bench seating or hay bales with some fabric thrown over them.

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Fire Pit Safety Tips

  • Your fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure.
  • Don’t put a fire pit under trees or your roofline.
  • Avoid starting a fire in windy conditions that can easily blow embers.
  • Clean up leaves and other flammables around the pit.
  • Have a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Don’t try to start a fire with gasoline or lighter fluid.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Stay three feet away from the heat.
  • To extinguish a fire, spread out the ashes, let the coals cool and gently pour water over them. Make sure they’re extinguished before going inside.

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