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Types of Outdoor Fire Pit:Fire Pit Buying Guide

by Olivia

Everyone is familiar with outdoor fire pit. It’s a good decoration to your yard. It can increase the pleasures of life. Imagine that, when it’s a cold winter evening, you get together with your family and friends. But all of you are tired of staying indoors. At that time, a proper warm fire pit can help!

You can sit around it, chat with other people and, raise your head to see the innumerable stars! But, remember the outdoor fire pit have many different types( not too many people know about it). Permanent, temporary, portable and made for cooking. If you want to buy a fire pit, don’t be hasty! Do some preparation work first. Review relevant information, consult insiders or a much simpler way–just read this article!

Next we’ll introduce some common types of outdoor fire pits. If you have some special needs, we will have further information as well.

Outdoor Fire Pits

Wood Burning Grill

Wood Burning GrillWood Burning Grill or Fire Pit GrillIt’s designed for cooking!

Its grill grate should be the same size as your fire pit so that your firewood ember can be collected in a certain place. What’s more, some grills even have rotisserie( a kind of grill which can be rotated)! You can roast large chunks of meat completely with it.

Portable Fire Pit

Portable Fire PitPortable Fire Pit

Several manufacturers are developing and producing this kind of fire pit. These portable fire pits are mostly consist of a large metal( sometimes are ceramic) bowl, three legs( to make it stable) and a lid with meshes. For easier carrying, some makers add wheels to two of the legs. Some have a grill grate, so it can function as a wood burning grill! Others have rotisseries for roasting meat.

Fire Pit Table

Fire Pit Table

Fire Pit Table

For convenience, many fire pits are built into a table outdoors or their rims are like tables–bigger ovals( I think they look like mini UFOs). Although this kind of design make them larger and heavier, to some extent, it provides convenience. You can place meat and drinks just on the fire pit.

Cast Iron Fire Pit

Cast Iron Fire Pit

Cast Iron Fire Pit

Looking for a much cheaper fire pit? Then cast iron fire pit is for you! This kind of metal is heavy and strong. If it is kept carefully, it can be used for quite a long time( you can even leave it to your grandchildren). But compared to copper fire pit, cast iron fire pit is not so durable as it because cast iron has a lower melting point.

Copper Fire Pit

Copper Fire Pit

Copper Fire Pit

If you want a more comfortable experience, choose this copper fire pit! It’s expensive, but it’s still affordable for most families. Just like the description above, copper has a relatively high melting point. With this feature, it can be used for a quite long time.Moreover, copper has a kind of shiny metallic luster. Ladies love it! Compared to cast iron skillet, it may be costly. However, for its longevity, you deserve it!

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace

It looks like a indoor fireplace. To meet your needs, you can make it portable or build-in. You may spend time and effort making this fireplace( it’s really a huge construction). You need to get enough stones. They are the main materials. Gas or firewood is the fuel of the fireplace. Don’t worry, this fireplace won’t do harm to your yard. On the contrary, it will be a special scenery of your home.

Chiminea Fire Pit

Chiminea Fire Pit

Chiminea Fire Pit

It has a totally different figure compared with other types of fire pits. It creates an isolated space inside, and it is taller than its width. Just like its name, it has a chimney on the top. They have many different types and materials for you to choose. Besides metals, you can even find some novel materials such as terra cotta.

Sojoe Fire Pit

Sojoe Fire Pit

Sojoe Fire Pit

Quite a strange name, right? Yes, it’s a specific brand which produces outdoor fire pits. It’s very attractive to people. You can carry it to everywhere you want. The bowl of it is as deep as an electric cooker. It is made of a kind of cold-rolled steel, so it is very thick and strong( when you encounter hailstones, you can use it to protect your head). Careful designers also make its appearance exquisite. Star& moon, wildlife, willow crane and Kokopelli.Children may be crazy with its design! It also has a grill, a mesh lid, a poker and a cover. If you want to roast large bunches of meat, remember to buy a rotisserie. Anyway, it isn’t a cheap one and needs extra tariff. But it really worthy!

Gas Fire Pit

Gas Fire Pit

Gas Fire Pit

You may be tired of listening the crack sound of burning firewood, smelling the acrid smoke and cleaning up the ash. Then you ‘re worth the gas fire pit! You don’t need to worry about all these annoyances. It can still provide you with the warmth and the atmosphere of an outdoor fire pit. It depend on liquid propane or natural gas–more environmentally friendly.

Campfire or Simple Stone Fire Pit

Campfire or Simple Stone Fire Pit

Campfire or Simple Stone Fire Pit

I think you may burst into laughter! Yes, it’s a very very cheap and easy way. First, you need to find a dry basin on the ground( it must be non-flammable), then you go to find a few stones to form a ring surrounding the basin. The stones can make you set fire easily and prevent the firewood from rolling out. This is the simplest way to build a stone fire pit. You can even change it into a grill for barbecue! You can do all these things with your children. They must be very happy!

Temporary Brick Fire Pit

Temporary Brick Fire Pit

Temporary Brick Fire Pit

Materials of this fire pit can be easily found in any store. Bricks and cinderblocks are the best choices. You can put a grill on the top of it. This is a much cheaper one and you can build it wherever you want.

Permanent Brick or Stone Fire Pit

Permanent Brick or Stone Fire Pit

Permanent Brick or Stone Fire Pit

It’s a difficult task. Before building it, you need to do enough preparation. Choosing a proper place, doing some measurements, drawing a draft, deciding the material and buying them… All these things may make many people quit. After these stuff, you need to spend most of your time( even your holidays) building it. Not an easy work. But I’m sure you’ll be proud of yourself when you finish it! With its help, you and your family and friends can have fun of fire pit for decades. You can also add a grill grate on top of it.

Now I think you must have known more about types of outdoor fire pit than before. Most of you may have decided the type which you need in your mind. Before buying or building, you had better discuss your idea with your family. They may give you much better advice, even some potential problems you didn’t notice. When using it, be careful not to hurt anyone. Remember to keep your little kids away from it!

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