Installing a fire pit in your Westerville, OH, home’s backyard is one of the best ways to make your outdoor space more comfortable, usable and visually appealing. However, choosing the right type of fire pit can be a challenge, given the range of options available. Each variant offers a different set of advantages and disadvantages, making it important to put your requirements into perspective before making your selection.
Shape, style, and size
Naturally, the aesthetics of a fire pit are an important consideration for any homeowner. It is important to choose a style that matches the landscape design of your home and backyard. Stacked stone fire pits are probably the most desirable and versatile in terms of style, and can be easily matched to the paving in your yard, as well as other masonry elements. For the more modern, minimalist style landscapes, you can opt for a rectangular or square design which would blend in wonderfully with its angular shape. A glass guard can further consolidate the design. For more natural landscapes, round fire pits are a more cohesive option. The size of the fire pit should also be in proportion to the yard or hardscape area in which it is situated. Moreover, it is important to take into account the type of seating you plan to install around your fire pit. Fixed seating, such as stone benches or seating walls, can take up additional space and might require you to revise the size of your fire pit. Ideally, a professional contractor should be consulted to give the best advice specific to your yard in order to ensure that your investment is functional and beautiful.
Type of fuel
Fire pits can generally be found in three variants: wood-, natural gas-, and propane-burning fire pits. Wood-burning fire pits have a rustic charm, and if you love gathering with the crackle of burning logs and the distinct aroma of burning wood, they are definitely the better option. However, they do tend to be less comfortable due to the smoke and ash they produce. Gas- and propane-fueled fire pits are more convenient, burning with a clean flame that can be easily controlled by a regulator. Moreover, they are directly fed from a natural gas line or tank and forgo the hassle of buying logs.
The choice of materials for your fire pit insert can have a big impact on the durability of your fire pit. Cast aluminum is a popular choice, given its light weight and resistance to staining. Copper is a more unique option if you want something different, although it is prone to staining and developing a patina. Lastly, you could go the route of installing a cast iron insert, which is definitely the most durable, but also tends to be the heaviest.
In addition to the insert, the type of concrete or stone used to construct the pit should be well thought out. Poured concrete or concrete units that are not suitable for use with high heat can splinter and even explode with prolonged use.
Lastly, choose a type of fire pit that is safe for your purposes. Fire pits with high, thick walls are ideal if you plan on having kids or pets near them.