Above Photo by Kyla Chambers Photography
Nothing adds to a landscape like a fire pit. It brings warmth, comfort, community, and nightlife to a yard. Whether it is gas or wood, big or small, fire pits are typically a great addition to a design. They can also allow you to spend a little more time in your yard during the colder seasons when the nights get chilly
With that said, here are some things to consider before purchasing a fire pit:
- Fire pits come in a wide array and you can spend as much or as little as you would like on them.
- Single stand-alone pits can cost as little as $100.
- Elaborate stone or concrete pits with built-in walls or benches can cost up to $25,000 or more.
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Natural Gas vs. Propane vs. Wood
- Natural Gas
- These fire pits are usually much higher priced due to the installation of a natural gas line but are much cleaner over time and you never have to go to the store to get more wood or propane. With a natural gas line fire pit, however, you usually have to commit to an area for it and have to have the pit installed by a mason or hardscape expert. Sometimes a landscape will not allow for a natural gas line to be installed due to utilities underground or city code.
- Allows you to have a smoke-free fire without the price tag of a natural gas line installation
- The stand-alone pits come in the form of a cabinet or table to safely hide the propane tank. You can come up with some pretty unique ways to hide a propane tank as long as it’s safe.
- The only cons to consider when going this route is having to refuel when the propane runs out.
- The advantage of a wood fire pit is that the fire bowl can typically be moved around, allowing your yard to have some flexibility in its design.
- Newer wood-burning pits brands, such as Breeo, also put out less smoke by nature of their design which means more time around the fire without eye and respiratory irritation.
- Wood pits are typically the cheapest option in terms of fire pits and also have the real crackle of a fire that you don’t get with gas.
- Metal Fire Bowls
- are very sturdy and heavy-duty. They tend to rust, which is okay if the steel is thick enough.
- Some people prefer the rusted steel look. There are also aluminum pits that will not rust and are much lighter.
- Copper fire pits are beautiful, but you might have to deal with oxidation and staining.
- Concrete is another option, which is modern-looking and fairly durable.
- Be careful with DIY options as any air trapped in the concrete can be heated and explode if not poured properly. We recommend working with a professional there.
- Stone is one of the most popular options, customizable with many different options in regard to style and size.
Confirm City Approved:
- You will want to check with your city and county code to make sure that they allow fire pits before considering one for your landscape.
- If so, double-check with your designer, architect, or engineer as well to make sure a fire pit is compatible with your yard.