Fire pits are an excellent way to enjoy a cool fire during the colder months of the year. A fire pit can be a simple hole dug into the earth or a large, elaborately designed fireplace designed with fire brick, stone, and/or metal pillars and iron grills. However, the most common characteristic of fire pits is that they’re designed to contain the fire on all sides and prevent it from spreading to the sides. This basic rule of safety is fundamental, as it can keep your fire safe, clean, and ash-free.
There are several things you can do with fire pits to extend their life and provide you with the maximum amount of enjoyment possible. If you tend to sit around your fire pits and talk in your winter campsite chat groups, you can line them up to face southwest or northeast-facing winds. The winds will blow off any ashes that have settled to the ground, leaving you with a comfortable place to sit around your fire pits. You’ll find that when the weather gets windier, you can set up four or five of these pits facing southwest and/or northeast and have great luck with these. However, if you have a fire pit in your yard during autumn and winter, this isn’t a bad idea and will allow you to spread the warmth to your entire yard, not just your sitting area.
There are different types of fire pits, and they can be used for different things. There are open-air fire pits, which are simply a large slab of metal and stone that acts as a hearth and a base for fire. These are good for spreading the heat and often have a chimney at the top. Many people like to use these because they aren’t limited by wind considerations and don’t need to hold a fire inside. However, these can be rather uncomfortable, as they aren’t able to be tucked away easily.
Indoor fire pits can be a little more comfortable than the outdoor space variety but still leave the door open to the elements. Similar to the outdoor pits, indoor versions can have a chimney or flue to allow for a more controlled flow of smoke. This makes it easier to have clean burning soot or ash. You can even purchase an inexpensive screen to place on the fireplace to keep insects from getting in. However, some people like the indoor style because they can control the temperature of the fire and make it more personalized. With an indoor pit, you are less likely to burn sage or pine cones due to uneven heat distribution.
Propane fire pits can be an excellent choice for those who don’t want to spend money on an outdoor unit. This is because propane fires can get quite hot, which is perfect for roasting marshmallows and other outdoor summer activities. Some people also love propane because they can easily be stored and taken with you when you go out. The only drawback is that the flames can sometimes sputter, and give off orange or red flame effects, not as impressive as the more traditional wood-burning fireplaces.
Tabletop units built by professionals are similar to fire pits in many ways, except that you have the option to have a tabletop unit that sits on the floor or stands on its own tabletop. This type of fire pit gives you the same benefits as an indoor one, except using the gel fuel that is most often used. These units are perfect for parties or barbecues, as they are portable and sit easily on the table. You can store it in your car and take it with you if you plan on going out for the evening.
Lastly, there are two different types of wood-burning fire pits, gas fire pits, and electric fire pits. Both are great options, but if you are not interested in purchasing a gel-fuel unit then either option will work well. Gas fire pits provide the same warmth and atmosphere as a wood-burning fire pit without the mess of ash or having to dispose of the ash by pouring it out of the top. For this reason, many people choose to use gas than electric.
No matter which type of backyard fire pits you choose, be sure to choose something that you enjoy. Whether you want something that is permanent or portable, you are sure to find what you are looking for at a price you can afford. Many people love using fire pits as an outdoor accessory to their backyard for a number of reasons, some of which are detailed below. They provide a warm and cozy atmosphere for family gatherings and entertaining outdoors. Others use them for cooking outside on their patio or deck, creating an additional room for use.