A fire pit is a general term that refers to something that can contain a fire, typically in an outdoor setting. This can vary from a simple pit dug into the ground, to a beautifully designed structure made with metal, brick, and stone. Unlike traditional fire pits, these types are portable, and can be moved. Fire pits were common throughout history as a source of heat, and were also used traditionally to cook food. Today, they are mainly used for aesthetic purposes, or for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs during warm summer nights.

Products Available

If you are interested in a wood-burning fire pit, you can’t go wrong with the Red Ember Bronze Crossweave Firebowl Fire Pit. According to Hayneedle.com, which received over 800 reviews, it garnered a 4.5 star rating out of 5. It is very weather-resistant, and has an attractive open basket-weave design. It also comes with grill grate, meaning it can double as a barbeque grill. If you want to save some money, try the Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit by Landmann. Instead of the traditional basket-weave design, this model is adorned with punch outs of crescent moons and stars. Alternatively, you may want to try the Wildlife and Georgia Clay model, which features cut-outs of various animals. If you want a gas-fueled fire pit, you may want to check out a UniFlame Outdoor Gas Fireplace. The bowl is encircled by a gorgeous multi-shade slate-tile mantle and the propane tank is held in open latticework. If you like fire pits with propane but are worried about maneuverability, try the Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit. It weighs only 22 pounds, making it perfect to take on camping trips and outdoor picnics. It isn’t very large and can’t double as a grill, but those are the sacrifices you have to make to be able to move it around.

Pros & Cons

There are several advantages and disadvantages of owning a backyard fire pit. For starters, it adds a very attractive element to your backyard. There are many beautiful fire pits available, including ones made of stone, brick, iron, or glass. You can also find ones that work in all types of weather. During the summer, for example, you may want one that will double as a grill, while during the winter, you may want one that provides heat but isn’t easily damaged by the elements. It is important to be aware of fire hazards, however, although this should be relatively easy as long as you take the necessary precautions.

Price Range

The best part about fire pits is that they tend to be relatively cheap, at least compared to indoor fire places. The Red Ember Fire Pit, for example, costs approximately $170, and is one of the best wood-burning fire pits available. The Landmann has three popular models: the Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit, the Big Sky Fire Pit, Wildlife, Georgia Clay, and the Big Sky Fire Pit Western, all of which range between $100 and $150. You may be able to find these models and others for cheaper from websites like Amazon or eBay.