What Type of Outdoor Fire Pit is Right for Your Backyard?

There are few things more inviting on a cool evening than sitting around a cozy, beautiful fire pit. They are the perfect addition to any backyard and help to create an ideal gathering space for friends and family. Roast marshmallows over the fire, warm up after a dip in the pool, or simply pull up a chair and enjoy the night sky – the possibilities are endless.

There are several different types of fire pits, from wood burning to propane and natural gas. Each has its pros and cons, of course, so it’s important to do your research to ensure you’re purchasing the right addition to your outdoor space.

Three Most Common Types of Outdoor Fire Pits:

Wood Burning Fire Pit

You’ll feel like you’re at summer camp all over again with a wood burning fire pit in your outdoor area. The most classic of options, they provide ample warmth, the soothing crackling sounds of a campfire, and the smells associated with an evening of cozying up in the great outdoors.

This type of fire pit can also act as a wood burning grill – many come with a grill grate that attaches above the flaming embers and allows for superior ease of cooking. The taste of food cooked over a wood burning fire pit is unlike anything out there! Just note that while they are higher in maintenance, wood burning fire pits can also be more cost-efficient than other types.

Propane Fire Pits

Propane fire pits provide the ultimate in convenience. They allow for a beautiful, warm ambiance, and are usually the focal piece in a backyard area. These fire pits are generally quite large in size and some designs also come equipped with wheels for ease of mobility. However, you can find smaller varieties that are light enough to carry for a quick change of location.

It should be noted that propane can be expensive when used frequently. It can also run out rather quickly, so if you plan on using your fire pit for many hours at a time, propane may not be the most budget-friendly option.

Natural Gas Fire Pits

A natural gas fire pit is a great option for those who are able to install a natural gas line in their yard. Natural gas fire pit designs are similar to propane options in that they generally become a statement piece for the space. Once installed, this type of fire pit cannot be mobilized due to the location of the natural gas line. However, to the gas-line-linkage, it will never run out of fuel.

Natural gas fire pits are generally sunken down into the patio or ground (another reason why they’re permanent) and are often made to be especially decorative as well as functional.

Find Your Perfect Fire Pit at Porch & Patio

Clearly, there are many fire pit options to choose from – and all are quite nice, if we do say so ourselves. Just be sure to do your research to help you choose the best option for your spatial and personal needs, wants, and budget.

Ready to find the right fire pit for your space? Porch & Patio can help! Visit our website to view our wide selection of outdoor fire pits.


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