A recent survey highlights outdoor entertainment areas as one of the most popular home improvement projects among recent DIY enthusiasts. 

So if you’re one of the many Americans who’s just completed your deck, pergola, or outdoor kitchen, you’re probably looking for one last touch to take it to the next level.

A fire pit is just what you need to add cozy comfort to your outdoor interactions. Here’s your concise guide to fire pit shopping.

Types of Fire Pits

There is a wide range of fire pits available nowadays, so it’s easy to find one that suits your home’s design as well as your fire pit budget. 

These are the main types:

Fire Tables

This type of fire pit looks like a coffee table with a campfire in the middle of it. You can use the flat surface around the fire for drinks and eats, or use it as a footrest.

Fire Bowls

Fire bowls consist of a large container holding the fuel. Gas and ethanol-powered fire bowls might have decorative glass beads surrounding the flames.

These fire pits are easy to clean, and the smaller versions are portable too.  

Fire Columns

This kind of fire pit features an elegant, dramatic look, making it ideal for creating a focal point in your outdoor space. They usually fun on gas and have a fire bowl on top. 

These fire pits don’t take up much space, so they’re good for small areas. 

Tabletop Pits

The smallest and lightest of all fire pits, tabletop varieties also don’t give off as much heat as larger fire pits do. They require little maintenance, and you can use them in tiny spaces. 

Fire Pit Shopping on a Budget

Smaller fire pits always cost less than larger ones, but the size isn’t all that counts when it comes to choosing a fire pit. When comparing prices on fire pits, it’s important to consider the costs of powering the flames, too.

You must also take maintenance into account. Some fire pits require regular servicing to keep working at their best. 

An ethanol-powered ecosmart fire pit produces fewer carbon emissions than a wood fire does. Ethanol is also a renewable energy source produced from plant by-products, and these fire pits require little maintenance.

One way to check up on any maintenance issues with a fire pit is by reading online customer reviews about the brand you’re interested in. 

Fire Pit Materials

The material you choose for your fire pit impacts how much you pay for it, as well as ongoing maintenance. 

Copper is a gorgeous choice, but it’s an expensive, high-maintenance material, while steel offers outstanding durability at a slightly cheaper price.  

Heavy, solid iron spreads heat beautifully although it’s difficult to move these firepits around, while stone fire pits must remain firmly in place. Stone is also easy to clean, but it’s susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures.

Make the Most of Your Home, Indoors and Out

Keep these tips in mind when fire pit shopping, and you should have no problem finding the perfect fit for your patio. A fire pit adds abundant ambiance to any outdoor area and is a great way to maximize these spaces.

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