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Fire Pit Buying Guide

Fire pits are a safe way to transport the rustic feeling of a campfire into your backyard, patio, or deck. Used year round, a fire pit offers a cozy focal point outdoors where family and friends can come together. Bring a style home that fits your outdoor decor, whether it's portable or permanent, metal or stone, wood or gas burning. We've come up with a list of popular fire pit styles and features that will work in any outdoor living area.
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Functions

  1. Grilling: Some fire pits come with a cooking grate doubling as a grill, too. If it doesn't, there are plenty of cooking grate options that will fit over the top of your new or existing fire pit.
  2. Tables: Fire pit tables allow family and guests to enjoy eating and drinking in the warmth of a roaring fire. This feature ranges in styles and size from coffee table to bar table height.
  3. Decorative: Lit or unlit, decorative fire pits act as an outdoor accent. Decorative options include landscape scenes, inscriptions, or even customized motifs. 




Styles

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Steel Fire Pits

Embellished or clean-lined, steel fire pits come in various shapes because of the easy-to-mold metal and are commonly stained or finished for a range of looks.

Key Facts:
  • Available in a variety of shapes
  • Plenty of stain choices, such as copper, brass, and burnished brass
  • Susceptible to rust; look for powder-coated options

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Stainless Steel

A contemporary, sometimes industrial look, stainless steel fire pits come in above ground and built into ground level models. The fire pit should be cleaned periodically to maintain its finish.

Key Facts:
  • Durable, lightweight metal
  • Rust-free and weather- and heat-resistant
  • Availale in various finishes, including brushed and shiny
  • Can be more expensive

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Copper Fire Pit

For a copper fire pit, one of the most popular styles is a bowl shaped design featuring a flat lip that runs around the circumference of the fire pit. If you don't want the fire pit to look aged, there are cleaning remedies to maintain the copper's original color. 

Key Facts
  • Does not rust, develops nice patina over time
  • Available in a variety of shapes
  • Durable and will last for years
  • Can be more expensive

Chiminea
Chiminea
Described as a pear shaped fire place, a chiminea is commonly used in outdoor areas, such as the patio, deck, or near an outdoor garden. 

Key Facts
  • Long neck funnels smoke up and away from you
  • Small fire that can give off plenty of heat
  • Available in cast aluminum, clay, and cast iron

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Cast Iron Fire Pit

Get the look of a more expensive metal with an affordable cast iron fire pit. Cast iron fire pits come in two common shapes: bowl and bucket. Unlike the shallow bowl shape, a bucket fire pit has as a deeper fuel source area. A bowl shaped design typically offers a top metal screen, while the bucket style does not. 

Key Facts
  • Affordable option that's easy to find
  • Excellent heat conductor
  • Lightweight enough to move around
  • Not as strong as wrought iron







Size Options

  1. Large: Intended to be installed in one place and not moved around, these heavier fire pits are normally over 3 feet wide.
  2. Mid-size: Typically between 30-36 inches wide, mid-size fire pits are popular because they're available in numerous styles. Usually, this size features a stand that collects ashes for disposal and cleaning.  
  3. Small: Smaller fire pits are made for easy traveling. Some feature foldable legs or carrying cases to effortlessly move from one place to the next.
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Types of Flame

  1. Wood Burning: Depending on how big your fire pit is, you'll need to use different sized logs and kindling. Start stocking up!
  2. Artificial Flame: Gas fire pits run on propane or connect to a natural gas line located in your home. Fire pits that run on natural gas generally need to be built in.
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