5 Tips For Using Fire Pits Outdoors

In this post we look at 5 tips for using fire pits outdoors

Fire is more than keeping people warm. It’s about getting people out and keeping them out. This is addressing a dilemma common to garden lovers: After spending time and money creating a liveable masterpiece, a cold wind can ruin a garden party or a solo contemplative evening. The solution, fortunately, is as old as society itself. Fire—flickering from a garden’s outdoor fireplace, fire pit, or a flame-filled bowl, table, or trough—is one of humanity’s primal attractions. Once we are ensnared, it exploits our love for warmth, conversation, and canapés. A fire is an ancestral meeting place, a source of comfort, a mesmerizing play of light. Fire is the star of any room indoors, and when placed outside, it creates a room around itself. But there’s a lot more to designing a welcoming space than dropping firewood into a fire pit in the backyard. Being properly primal takes some planning.

Fire activates a space and make it useable. You need to ask yourself, ‘How do you imagine using the fire?’. Fire is visually aesthetic, but it needs to serve a purpose. For some, that’s a quiet, seated evening with wine and a view. For others, it’s frequent parties for dozens of mingling guests.

So lets take a look at what to consider when using a fire pit.

1. Create a Focal Point

The art of getting people to sit outdoors is by creating an area where people feel comfortable and want to stay. By choosing the best fire pit for the area you want to use you will give your guests a reason to go out and use your carefully crafted outdoor living space. Our pick

2. Use Comfortable Seating Around Your Fire

If you want people to use your outdoor living space it is important to provide enough comfortable seating for them to use. Garden sofa sets, rattan furniture and benches are all excellent ideas to use around your fire pit. Our pick

3. Pick The Right Style For Your Space

Fire pits comes in various styles. Popular pits include ones that feature a fire bowl and square versions that resemble low tables. If you want a fire pit that can be moved around easily, try a bowl version. If you have a roomy backyard and want a warm gathering spot, consider a more stationary square pit. Our pick

4. Keep Materials In Mind

For fire pits, materials can range from stone and tile to stainless steel and copper. Because stone is heavy, it’s best used with larger, square pits that will not be moved around. The same goes for stainless steel fire pits, which can be pricey but it’s rain- and rust-resistant and also easy to clean. Thus, if you’re looking to invest in a good fire pit, stainless steel is a great option. As for tile, it’s fireproof like stone and it’s often used as a decorative touch on smaller pits. But, if you’re looking for something that’s standard, consider a copper version. They’re powder-coated to stand up to the elements and they also have a nice shiny look. Our pick

5. Choose The Correct Fuel

Most fire pits are either wood-burning or use gas/propane, and it’s important to decide on which type you want. One of the biggest benefits of a wood fire pit is that it can be much more cost-efficient than buying propane tanks constantly (for pits that can be hooked up like a grill). Moreover, a wood-burning fire pit will also smell and look like a real campfire. One choice we love is environmentally friendly coffee logs. These bio-bean coffee logs are made from the recycled grounds of approximately 25 cups of coffee and contain 20% more energy than wood. Our pick