Firepits: A Buying Guide

Posted by Dan Jolly on Apr 7, 2017 1:05:52 PM

A firepit is truly a must-have feature that brings ambience and a sense of coziness to your patio. People love to gather around a fire -- after all, they've been doing just that for thousands of years!Firepits_1-1.jpg

A patio firepit helps take the chill off spring and fall evenings, and provides a campfire-like atmosphere that seems to attract people to pull up a chair and join in the conversation. Kids love to gather 'round to make classic s'mores or just roast marshmallows and tell stories.

Deciding that a patio firepit is an asset isn't the problem -- but deciding on the right one can be a challenge. Lets take a closer look at the different types to help you decide on the firepit that's right for you and your family ...

Wood Burning Firepits

Having a wood burning firepit is like having a campfire in your own backyard. You get the smell of the wood, the smoke and the crackling noise that you'd get with a campfire, yet it's all contained in an attractive "holder". Many are available with screens to guard against sparks if a slight breeze comes up.

There's a little bit of work involved with having a wood burning firepit, though, since you'll obviously have to have a supply of wood on hand that's stacked and covered so that it's at the ready when you need it.

Propane Gas Firepits

A propane gas firepit is the ultimate in convenience since there's no need to replenish the fuel. They also come with either realistic-looking faux logs, pebbles or glass chips. They're attractive -- some are built into tables for added ambience and comfort -- and are often the focal point of the patio.

All you need do in terms of keeping it going is to remember to keep the propane tank filled!

Natural Gas Firepits

These are similar to propane models with a couple of important differences:

  • You'll have to have the gas piped to the firepit.
  • It becomes a permanent fixture on your patio, that once piped, can't be moved.

Some firepits also come with covers to keep the firebox dry when not in use -- a feature that also makes maintenance a bit easier.

With so many design choices, you're sure to find one that's perfect for your patio, once you decide on whether you want a wood burning or gas burning model. Today's Patio has an incredible selection of beautiful, stylish firepits from which to choose. Take a leisurely look today and don't forget to browse our other beautiful patio furnishings while you're at it!