Patio Fire Pit Design Ideas
Finding your style of Patio Fire Pit Design Ideas will depend on your space and decor. Have a wood or composite deck, you will need to get a gas fire pit for safety. A wood burner can be used on a grass, bare ground, concrete or paver stone surface.
Matching your decor will be another factor. If you have a stone wall or pavers, you may want the stone look. If you have a rustic look, maybe a chiminea will work best for you. Looking to cook on your fire pit, make sure that it has a stainless cooking grate that is easy to access. Some of the chimineas have cooking grates, they are just not handy to have a small door that you have to open to turn your meat.
Finding your style will be your first decision. Many choices for you here and only you will be able to decide. I will give you some choices to look at, then give you some of the details of each style to help in your decision.
I have an all steel fire pit that has given me many years of service. With the proper protection they can last over 10 years before the bottom will burn out. Many styles and looks can be had with a steel fire pit.
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Square, round, rectangle designs are also available. Small portable models will give you the ability to move it any where you need a fire. Because of the steel structure, almost any design is available.
I have written several articles on wood burning fire pits, look at some my details in my article just follow this link.
Having a decorative tile top will give you some design possibilities. Most tile tops have individual tile inserts. You can change color or replace one if broken. If you have one with a solid tile top, they will be harder to replace or change decor color. I would look at the models like the Axxon Alhambra fire pit shown in the picture to the right, look for more information in an article here.
If you have a stone patio or wall in your outdoor space, you may want to look at one of the stone looking wood burning fire pits. Simple ones will be cast in one piece and only need to set up and insert the steel bowl. Different color choices will be available for the stone, this will allow you to match your current stone decor.
The big advantage to the cast stone fire pit is its portability. Take out the steel burner, and most will have handle holes to carry from one location to another, just grab a friend and when its cool just move it any where you want a fire. For more of my information on the Sun Cast stone fire pits follow this link.
The second way to get the stone look is to use paver stones and stack them in a circle or square type of pattern. Steel inserts are available for these in several sizes and shapes. The cost of this type is much more than the cast ones and you cannot move them without a lot of work.
This is a taller style of fire pit. Most will take smaller wood and give a good amount of heat in all directions. Most will come with some kind of grate to cook food on while you are enjoying your fire.
Most are made of a steel material and can be made in most any style. They have a door on one side for adding wood while you are burning.
See some more styles of chimineas in my post here. You will find many styles to choose from.
All steel gas fire pit
If you have a wood or composite deck, a gas burning fire pit will work the best. You can use a wood burner with a deck protec system, you can see my details here. If would cost less just to get a gas model in my opinion.
The gas steel fire pits can be most useful as most will come with a top for the burn area. This will serve two purposes.
One will be to protect your burner when not in use. Sometimes debris will get into the holes in the burner making it hard to light or stay lit.
Two will be having a smooth top for making it a table when no fire is needed. This will be useful in that you will not have to have extra furniture in your outdoor space. The clean lines of most gas fire pits will make them more attractive to those who want more style in their patio areas.
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Stone look gas fire pit
The stone look is mostly in cast models for gas fire pits. As they will not have to hold back heat from the fire, they do not weigh as much as a wood burning stone fire pit. Just a facial of stone look and a stainless steel fire bowl.
You will have a door on one wide that will give you access to the propane tank and controls. Having glass rocks in the burn bowl will give the expensive look of a much higher priced fire pit. Changing the color form time to time will give you a different look for under $40. Check will each fire pit for details if it comes with lava rocks, as some do not recommend glass rocks. for a substitute.
My conclusion on fire pit styles
I have had a steel fire pit for many years with out much trouble. The plastic cover has been replace a couple of times. It is starting to pit on the bottom, I will replace it soon. What will I choose, I like the look and ability to move the steel wood burner. I think this time I will get one with a deeper bowl and a cooking grill.
What do your think will be the best for you. Use the forms below to give me your thoughts and pictures on your patio fire pit designs so I can share them with my readers. Each person will have different results.