Fire pits connect us to the ancient power of fire; of course, there’s a lot more to it. Fire pits are an ideal and affordable way to stay warm and to prepare food on an open fire. They are made for outdoor use, and they’re great for setting up in your outdoor barbeque area or for during camping. Here’s some more information about the different types of fire pits you can find – and tips on how to get the most out of them.
Wood-fired fire pits are designed to be powered by wood – and you’ll want to keep a decent stack of wood around if you purchase one of these. And, depending on where you source your wood, a sharpened ax to split the wood into smaller bits to keep your fire burning. Ensure that your wood is responsibly sourced and safe to burn. Try the Landmann 26364 23-1/2-Inch Savannah Fire Pit or the Fire Sense Roman Fire Pit.
Charcoal-powered fire pits can also be used for wood, and in both cases they are designed with a spherical design to provide 360 degree heat that can be felt by everyone around the fire. Great options are the Sorbus Fire Pit 22″ which comes with a foldable frame and the ZENY 32″ Outdoor Fire Pit Square Metal Firepit if you’re looking for something affordable.
Gas fire pits carry a higher price tag than wood or charcoal, but often they’re easier to control – and with little to no effort on your part. Great options are the Propane Fire Pit Patio Heater and the 50,000 BTU Outdoor Lava Rock Propane Gas Fire Pit.
Some fire-pits are powered by natural gas instead: These harness the power of natural gas to heat up your pit, and though they’re expensive, they can save you money through their use in the long run. Try the Alpine Lavelle Natural Gas Fire Pit or this cool GPFN 60 000 BTU Premium Stainless Steel Natural Gas Outdoor Patioflame Firepit that comes with a burner guaranteed to be weather resistant.
Hybrid Fire Pits (Gas & Wood)
Hybrid fire pits are great if you are a versatile fire-starter who likes to switch between methods every once in a while depending on what you’ve got. These are made to burn both gas and wood: Which is a huge benefit if you make fire regularly and have a supply of both wood and gas available throughout the year.
Gel-fuelled fire pits are powered by gel, which can be a much more environmentally friendly and often times cheaper option than using wood or gas. For starters, you can check out the blomus Tabletop Gel Firepit or the Ghost Tabletop Firepit. Remember to stock up on gel fuel for using with this fire pit too.
Remember that getting a fire pit is about more than just getting a fire pit: There are also a few accessories that you can add to the mix to make your experience with a fire pit even better.
For protecting from the flames while your fire pit is in use – especially if you have animals or children around the fire – there are a few iron-cast, welded safety screens available that are made to take the heat: Take a look at this Safety Screen from Masterflame.
They also offer covers like these with a hinged access panel so that you have easy access to the flames when you need it. What about protecting your fire pit when it’s not currently in use? Try this weather resistant cloth fire pit cover until you light your next fire.