Fire Pit Buying Guide

by Lauren   |   September 2017

Fire Pit Buying Guide

Fall is around the corner and we’re dreaming of the perfect fire pit and an evening with family and friends. Buying a fire pit is not easy; you have to make some decisions about space, height, style, and fuel options. If you’re thinking about investing in a fire pit, here are a few tips on finding the right one for you!

Shape

The kind of shape that works for you depends on the size of your space and what type of entertaining you are going for. A square is the ideal shape for small gatherings.  If you want the classic fire pit experience where you’re able to see everyone all around, go for the circle. If you like the functionality of a fire pit that can become a place for dining or just chilling, choose a rectangle.

Fire Pit Buying Guide

Circles We Love

Our Solfire Outdoor Fire PitComtempo Concrete Round Fire Pit, and Eastern Fire Pit are great circular options for you.

Fire Pit Buying Guide
Fire Pit Buying Guide
Fire Pit Buying Guide

Rectangles

We love our rectangular fire pits such as our Contempo Concrete Rectangular Fire Pit and Hoffman Fire Pit.

Fire Pit Buying Guide
Fire Pit Buying Guide

Out of the Box Contemporary

Some fire pits give a great modern edge to your backyard. Our Triangulum Fire Pit has simple yet refined shape that encourages conversation, drawing people in and encircling them. We love the metallic reflection and glamorous character of our Copper Modfire Outdoor Fire Pit. It’s the ultimate statement piece for any style of patio, from Mid-Century Modern to an elegant, yet rustic, ranch.

Fire Pit Buying Guide
Fire Pit Buying Guide

Artsy

Who doesn’t love a fun design for a patio statement piece? We love the beachy design and durability of our Shell Beach Fire Pit. BOXHILL’s Third Rock Fire Pit is an instant celebrity; when lit, this design gives an impression of the Earth’s fiery inner core.

Fire Pit Buying Guide

Height

19″ is the lowest height but goes well with seating patio furniture sets.

24″ This is perfect for chatting around the fire. Not too tall, not too short.

29″ This the idea dining height. You can fit chairs comfortably with this height.

38″ Counter height is ideal for high bar stools or standing guests.

Fire Pit Buying Guide

Height matters. Some pieces are going to be great for seating, others are table height. We love that rustic charm and functionality go hand in hand with our Wine Barrel Fire Pit Table. These tables are the place for guests to gather around to enjoy the ambiance. Its all up to you.

Fire Pit Buying Guide

Style / Finish

Solfire Oval Fire Pit

Solfire Oval Fire PitStyle/Finish

Steel: Oxidized steel prevents corrosion and lasts. Steel finish options may include various textured colors, white powder coat, or a rusted finish. Its all up to you.

Concrete: Concrete is basically waterproof and stain-resistant. Make sure its sealed and it should last you forever. When it comes to concrete finish options, each fire pit is uniquely different due to the nature of concrete. Some options include White, Bone, or Grey — again, it comes down to personal preference.

We love the white coat on this Solfire Oval Outdoor Fire Pit. If you’re looking for a bright pop of intelligent design, we heartily recommend a color coat on your fire pit.

Fuel Options

Propane or natural gas are general options when it comes to fire pits.  Some fire pits do burn a type of gel; others may be all natural wood burning and ready for marshmallows.  Our Modern Butter Churn Fire Pit, for example, comes with installed burners made of stainless steel. We offer several BTU options (for enjoying the radiated heat from the fire pit) as well as the choice to have your fire pit fitted for either liquid propane or natural gas. Sometimes it depends on personal preference and availability; some models may not be available with particular fuel options. Just look closely at the description of your fire pit to get the details.

At the end of the day, go for what is built to last and makes the most sense functionally and aesthetically for your yard. Props to Outdoor Elegance for the helpful infographic on buying fire pits. Best of luck with your decision and have fun shopping!