A fire pit is ne of the best aesthetic additions to your house as it can add to the overall style that you’re going for and it has some fun uses as well, whether it be a 4th of July barbeque in your backyard, or camping overnights with your friends, a fire pit is never out of style. The only question is “what exactly should its style be?” and that’s what we’re trying to help you with.
In this article we’re going to talk about different fire pits styles and decorating ideas to give you an idea for a better overall aesthetic to your home. We’re going to help you with designing your outside fire pits with the best ideas and innovative designs that we can find.
1. Square fire pit
This is the first in our list of wonderful ideas to go about with designing your backyard fire pit and the reason why I put it at the first is because I can’t wait to talk about it.
It has a simple, yet intuitive design that is built using concrete to ensure a stable structure that can withstand the fiery heat of your amazing barbeque roasts. Not just that but the slabs at the top tops everything off with a very modern feel. It’s very minimalistic and is not very overcrowded with details, something that just pleases the eye which is especially important when you just want to go outside and enjoy the serenity of nature.
2. Circular structured fire pit
This one is perfect if you just want to hang out with your friends, talk about life, and sing some songs. The entire design revolves around the idea of social gathering with the semi-circle that surrounds the fire pit.
But the best thing about this fire pit is how easy it is to build it from a DIY perspective. You only need some concrete bricks, a concrete mix, some stone slabs, and some effort to turn your backyard to your dream safe place!
3. Ground level, stone fire pit
Moving back from the modern designs, this one can be traced back to East European meat cookings, as they dig a hole in the ground, build a pit using some stone to trap the heat, putting a pot of water inside and hanging the meat from a lid on the outside, this is usually a slow process but its a local specialty in some places.
Enough about the unnecessarily lengthy process of cooking and back to the actual fire pit. It has a primitive design, which is simple but is very effective especially if you don’t have that much time to make a larger, more time consuming fire pit, and this is actually the best build for beginner DIY enthusiast or if you’re just looking for a fun activity to do with your friends or loved ones.
All you have to do is dig a hole in the ground with some depth of your liking -although I recommend that you don’t dig too deep so that you won’t use up more firewood than you’d like-, surround it in a circular structure with some bricks, and reinforce it by putting a concrete mx in between the layers, put some fire wood, light it up and you’re golden! A wonderful fire pit in just a matter of time!
4. Bowl shaped fire pit
It has a very aesthetic look and is definitely something that immediately catches the eye as seeing a bowl holding such beautiful flames is not something that you see in an average setting.
With that being said this is something that you can’t usually build if you’re not an artisan. You need a very specific bowl to get the ideal shape and consistency that can last you a long time.
Simply having your usual pottery isn’t enough to hold all of that heat together, you need a concrete bowl that is sturdy enough to support all of the weight that you’re gonna put in it and for it to be big enough to actually be useful.
That is not something that an ordinary man can do so if ever you want something like this in your home then I recommend that you go to your local artisan and request something specifically for this purpose, and you have to make things clear for your artisan or else the bowl might fall into pieces as soon as you light it up.
That might be a little pricey for most but if you want something of good value and can last you a long time then your money is going in the right place.
5. Rock circle fire pit
Now this is for those who want something massive. Something of its size immediately catches the eye of anyone who sees it. It’s suited for gathering with a large group of friends as its presence alone can give that homey atmosphere that many people associate with backyard gatherings.
Although you might want to get a contractor to get this done as one stone can easily weigh over a hundred pounds, and there are several of them to move around. The selection of the stones themselves are actually important as you want only the best to fit the overall aesthetic of your backyard.
But if you’re willing to go through all of that trouble then you certainly won’t be disappointed with the look and feel of this fire pit.
6. Minimalistic fire pit
There is something very alluring to the design of minimalism. With all the chaos that’s around in everyday life, looking at something so simple gives it the charm that makes it so beautiful, and that’s what this fireplace is all about.
It’s meant to be simple and sleek. It’s made with bricks, If you want something of the simple nature, then a minimalistic style fire pit can’t get any more straightforward than this.
7. Iron fire pit
Its decorative design is more for people that care more about the overall look of the fireplace rather than the actual usage of it, and there’s no shame in that because this fireplace looks amazing! They bring that outdoor, mountainside camping atmosphere right at the comfort of your own backyard!
8. Barrel fire pit
Although this one doesn’t follow the conventional style of most fire pits, it definitely has its appeal. For starters, it is wonderful for DIY because all you need is an unused barrel to start your craft.
You can also buy one in junk shops and ask one if your neighbors happen to have an unused one. Although it might not be the most visually pleasing fire pit, it’s a great way to start!
9. Circular fire pit with a wood bench
This is set up as simple as it gets, all you need is a steel fire pit that you can buy in your local hardware store, some ingenuity to design a wood bench, or you can just get one that just lays around in your garage and you’re set.
Now wonder that this is one of the most popular fire pit set-ups that you can find out there. It has beauty in function and the setup itself is pretty straight forward in its nature.
10. Circular fire pit in a tile or mosaic floor
This setup is as eye pleasing as it can get, with the mixture of a well crafted fire pit with a visually pleasing aesthetic that is both heartwarming and gives you a complacent feeling, this is something that you definitely want to do as your future project.
11. Fire pit tables
This is perfect for those people that want to spend some time with someone who they are close to, as it’s designed for small and compact aesthetics, it’s good for couples and for those who want to spend some time conversing with their loved ones and enjoy a nice cozy meal together.
12. Stone fire pit
It’s design reminds me of the ground level fire pit which I’ve mentioned earlier with the only difference being that this is less crudel made. It has a very professional look and feel to it and with the combination of the metal chairs, it gives off a very high-end vibe although I must say that it probably doesn’t cost that much since the materials are common.
This is a set-up that you might want to go to if you’re looking to impress your friends without hurting your pocket too much.
13. Fire pit with wood flooring and bench
Now this is a personal favorite of mine as the design and overall aesthetic to it is something more of glaring contradiction which might suit your preferences if you are more into postmodernist art style that focuses on strong contrasts of colors.
It is very artistic to look at with its design and is perfect if you’re looking for something instagram ready as it will definitely steal the eyes of anyone who looks at it.
14. Old school
In any type of hobby, art or anything else in between, there is nothing wrong with going back to the classics and this old school fire pit is as classic as it can get.
If you’re not in the mood to set up some elaborate handicraft, fine picking your materials and spending quite a lot of time to make a fireplace then this setup is for you, as it has always been for people centuries ago.
A fine taste of the classic experience.
15. fire pit with hood
This setup gives off a very medieval, forge-like aesthetic to it which in itself is very intimidating as it is very cool. It reminds me of the forges that blacksmiths use in medieval movies and RPG games which in itself is a very good reminder how iconic this setup is.
Although it probably is on the higher price range, this is something to go for if you are a hardcore medieval fantasy fan that also has a knack for amzing barbeque and a good conversation.
16. Campfire pit
This is a good option if you want to bring the outdoors to your home. It has the same vibe and feel of a good old outdoors camping all while having a very nice aesthetic feel that adds a lot of ambience to your home.
This is great for all the camping enthusiasts out there who are stuck in the confines of their own home and all it takes is some stones, some wood and a little bit of effort to bring the vast fields of the mountains to the comfort of your backyard.
17. One stone boulder fire pit
Now this is probably the most unique fire pit. Having one boulder rock as your fire pit says something about you. And in every case, a one of a kind fire pit. Your fire pit won’t be the same as your neighbors.
18. sunken level fire pit
Just like the ground level fire pit that we’ve mentioned earlier, this is of the same variant with the only difference of having sunken square seating. This feels a bit cozy as you wrap yourself on the ground level.
19. Brick fire pit
Now this is something that only someone who is really dedicated to making an awesome backyard fire pit would invest on. The aesthetic feel to it is very good for homes in the countryside, or for seasonal camping grounds.
The rustic chairs and the log stools really make you feel like you’re with nature, as it offers a good mixture of nature and man-made materials.
20. Gas powered fire pit
This is something of a unique take on this article since all of the afro-mentioned fire pits are always manually lit and use coals or firewood but this one is gas powered, this is so that the glass pebbles don’t darken in the duration of its usage.
It is very pleasing to look at and is something that I recommend to anyone who is willing to step up their fire pit game and bring something a little bit new to their backyard.
21. Fire pit and grilling & cooking
This is efficiency at its finest, if you already have a fire pit then why not make it a grill too? It serves multiple purposes that can suit your varying needs.
Benefits of having a fire pit
There are a number of reasons why people put fire pits in their backyards, firstly it’s because iit adds to the overall style of their homes and most of the people that do it, do it because of this reason alone but this isn’t the only reason why.
Some people -like me- use itt as a way to have a get together with friends after a busy work week, having some cold beer and cooking some barbecue and asking each other how life’s going is my perfect way of unwinding after a long,stressful week.
That might not sound very pleasing to you but you should at least try, as this very simple activity is a very good way to maintain healthy relationships with your friends, family and loved ones.
It’s amazing how such little things can impact one’s life and unless you try it, it might also change yours. It’s only a matter of finding out.
But of course in every activity that you do especially if it’s an outdoor activity there are some precautions to take into account to ensure the safety of you, the people around you and the community as well as nature.
When there is a fire pit you must make sure that it is dry and clear of all previous firewood or coal to ensure that you don’t get sudden implodes that might harm someone or for it to burn the already used firewood which can emit particles that might trigger asthma or worse, enter to your body and make unwanted complications.
Another thing to note is the fire hazard, if you are near a forest, or if your surroundings are filled with wood you must take some extra precautions to ensure that no accidental fire to spread and worse case scenario, destroy your property and the surrounding wildlife which might cause irreplaceable damage to your property and worse, cause a fatal injury to you or the people around you.
To ensure this you must make sure to pour over 2 litres of water after you use a fire pit to ensure that the fire is well put out and as you’re using the fire pit, assure that no children or anyone who is irresponsible of safety to ensure that no unwanted accidents take place.
If possible, to ensure the highest possible level of safety, you might want a trusted professional to install your fire pit. In that way you can have a clear mind knowing that you are enjoying quality time in your backyard without the risk of imminent danger.
Fire pit styles
When you’re out there and trying to look for some awesome fire pit ideas there are a couple of things that you should bear in mind, the first one being safety, and the second one being what kind of style you’re really aiming for.
What kind of fire pit bet suits your home? What pit best fits your aesthetic? If your home style is very sophisticated in nature then you might not want to have a minimalistic fire pit. If you have a very minimalistic house then a Victorian style fire pit might not be the best suit for you.
These are important factors to ensure that you get the best satisfaction in your purchase as possible. This includes the size as you might not want it to take too much space in your backyard but if you have a large back yard then you might not want to have a fire pit that’s too small because it lessens its functions.
But as far as the actual styles go you have an endless option to choose from as they come in different sizes, shapes, styles and designs! Anything that suits your needs is readily available in the market!
With that being said, there’s no problem as to making a DIY fire pit as it has its own charms and it has a n additional sentimental value as you’ve made it with your own hands and that is something that you should be very proud of.
Fire pit accessories and tools
You can’t have a stove without a kitchen knife, a chopping board and a pan to begin with, the same thing goes for fire pits as some tools are needed to maintain the fire or make thing easier for you, we’ve listed down some of the best and ou personal favorites when it comes to getting the best experience out of your fire pits!
Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Set of 8
Set of 8 non-rust stainless steel sticks with double prongs guaranteed to provide long-lasting fun. The BPA free wooden handles are easy for any child to hold safely.
You can’t have a proper grill without the good old roasted marshmallow, the old treat never loses its charm and will never get old. It is a staple of the fire pit that it’s never the same without it.
It’s only proper that you get the best roasting sticks for the iconic part of your fire pit session and KEKU marshmallow roasting sticks is anything but the best. It is sturdy and durable so you can use it in multiple sessions without ever having to worry whether or not it’ll break.
It has a different color for each roasting sticks so if your children is ever so loyal to their favorite color and is picky about what color their stick is then you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
It is cheap so you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket to get quality of this standard but what is better than all of these is that these sticks are BPA free so you can assure that you don’t have to worry about your health when you are using them.
Rocky Mountain Goods Firewood Tongs
Log grabbers can hold up to 12″ thick logs including the heaviest of woods
The fact that it has a lifetime warranty is a testament to its quality and I can assure you that it is. Whether you need to add a log, replace one, or even the fireplace then this tongs is perfect to your every need.
They are reliable and can last a long life. I can even go as far as to say that if used properly then you’ll only ever need one in your lifetime and the fact that these tongs are readily available even for those who are on a tighter budget is a huge upside!
It can grab up to 12 inch logs and you can count on it to be reliable that can stand the test of time because they are rust resistant which makes it ideal for outdoor use. What more could you ask for?
Porch Shield Fire Pit Cover
Made of 600D Polyester fabric with an added waterproof laminated undercoating. High-level double stitching sewn, all seams sealing taped can prevent tearing, fight wind and leaks.
Air vents at two sides have extra ventilation features. Heavy duty ribbon weaving as handles on air vents make removal easily.
Elastic hem cord and straps allow for a custom secure fit. Buckles at bottom keep cover securely fastened especially in severe weather. TIPS: Making the top of the cover higher is recommended to prevent rain water collection.
This is essential if you want to keep dust, debris, leaves and all of the bad stuff away from your fire pit that might risk its early breakdown. The Poch Shield Fire Pit Cover is the best all around tool to ensure that your fire pit stays long and lives long to provide you and the people around you with unforgettable memories that can stand the test of time.
For the budget, it’s very affordable and can be considered as a best buy for a product of its price and its quality.
Rocky Mountain Goods Long Fireplace Poker
Rust resistant finish for use outside
If you are looking for something to adjust in the fire and not pick them up like the tongs that came from the same brand that I’ve mentioned earlier then this product is for you.
It comes in fairly cheap price and is made of high quality materials that also comes with a lifetime warranty. You might as well get it because if won’t hurt your budget that much and the convenience that it offers you is enough reason for you to have to have it.
It comes in a sleek black color that gives it a very seasonal and cool appearance, just make sure that your kids or any children grab it and play sword fights with it, because it has potential for harm.
But it looks very cool to be honest with you and I wouldn’t mind swinging it like a sword.
Magical Flames Rainbow Colored Flames
Perfect for campfires, bonfires, indoor fireplaces, backyard fire pits and any wood burning fires!
This fire pit accessory that is made for kids is so fun to use that even an adult can enjoy it!
These magical flames can turn your usual orange fire, to blue, green and many more colors! Talk about having fun on a fire pit session? Here it is! This is a fresh change of things for people who want to try something new and it definitely is something that you should try for yourself.
What’s best is that this 12 pack comes at a very budget friendly price, something that you can try out without any big risks and having a strong sense of guilt with your purchase.
You can expect about an hour of colorful flames in each pack. Talk about having fun!
5.15 Gallon Galvanized Iron Ash Bucket with Lid and Shovel
This sturdy ash bucket and shovel are made of high quality galvanized iron material with black powder coating to ensure it is fireproof and durable for long-term using; Comes with a lid to keep ashes from spilling onto the floor
I’m sure it’s no one’s interest to clean up dark, grey ashes all over their backyard after a fire pit session, and you definitely don’t want to get covered in ash yourself as you might get some respiratory or trigger your asthma if you have ne.
The Gallon Galvanized Iron Ash Bucket takes away all of the problem of your hands! In my opinion this is more of a necessity rather than accessory as it can lessen your problems in your fire pit activities.
It’s affordable, iits convenient with a lockable lid that makes scooping ashes and debris effortless. It’s made with a durable material, and it will last long, there’s no reasons why you shouldn’t get it.
Sunnydaze Fire Pit Spark Screen Cover
Measure your pit for the best fit: Make sure to check your fire pit to ensure a 35-36 inch diameter mesh spark cover is the right size
This is made for those little hands or paws that just couldn’t help it but fix their curiosity of what it feels like to touch fire,, which is something that you should never do.
It’s a safety smoke screen that is perfect when you’re having family gatherings and there’s a lot of little ones and little paws, this guarantees that they won’t get hurt, because as they say, you’re not too safe from accidents.
SO if you want to have a guarantee that your night won’t be ruined by someone going to the hospital or needing some medical attention, then it’s wise to add this item to your shopping list although its a bit on the pricey side, you can never put a price tag on the safety of you and your loved ones.
Frequently asked questions:
In this part of the article, we’re going to answer some of the most asked questions regarding fire pits.
Can you use regular bricks in a fire pit?
You may build a strong fire pit using regular brick and a premade fire pit bowl that is meant to be moved if necessary.
What do you put in the bottom of a fire pit?
What goes in the bottom of a fire pit? For your fire pit, start with a layer of sand at the bottom of the pit and then top it with gravel, lava rocks, fire pit glass, paving stones, or even bricks. Alternatively, you could just use dirt.
Should I put stone in the bottom of my fire pit?
Place a thin layer of sand on the bottom of the fire pit and top it with the suggested 2-6 inches of filler. Sandstone, river rocks, natural rocks, and gravel are not suitable for use as fire pit fill because they are more likely to shatter or explode when exposed to intense heat.
Should I put sand at the bottom of my fire pit?
Yes I do recommend that you put sand beneath your fire heat as it does not only absorb the heart from your fire pit -which increases the longevity of it- but also protects the ground by protecting it from unpreventable bolts of ashes and debris from the fire which prevents any unwanted safety hazards.
It also adds to the visual appeal of your fire pit as it is very pleasing to look at. It’s also on the cheap side of the price range and you can find and buy one on your local hardware store.
Is it cheaper to buy or build fire pit?
Most offer prefabricated, modular modules that are at least half the price of a custom build. “I’ve installed unique fire pits that cost up to $7,000 – just for the pit.” That means the patio will be considerably more expensive.
How do I put my fire pit safely?
I recommend that you get an expert or a trusted professional to install your fire pits for you so that you can have a full guarantee that your fire pit won’t cause any environmental or safety hazard.
With that being said, if you are going the DIY route then I highly recommend that you look up some local laws and regulations to ensure that you don’t violate any regulations in your activities as it’s illegal to even set up a fire pit in some places as it can cause an unwanted forest fire. Also, make sure to put it at a safe distance away from your house.
Always make sure that you pour 2 liters of water after the session so that there is no chance of it igniting ever again. Scoop the ashes and debris in a bucket and dispose of them properly so that they won’t make a mess and be a possible safety hazard.
Don’t be too intoxicated when having fire pit sessions without anyone to watch over you as you might do some irrational decisions with the fire and end up hurting yourself. Make sure that you buy and use the proper equipment to ensure that no accidents take place and for you own convenience as well.
Can I repurpose my fire pit ashes?
This is one of the many benefits of having a fire pit especially if you are a home farmer as you can repurpose your ash which can help as a good fertilizer to tomatoes which are in itself, so easy to grow!
Just sprinkle some of it on the soil or mix it with a soil mixture and you’re ready to go! You’ll see that crop grow in no time. This is because ash is rich in calcium and other minerals that are necessary in order to grow a plant and for it to be rich and healthy in nutrients.
And if you don’t want to go through the long process of starting a fire in your next session then you can use the ashes that you’ve used previously to easily rekindle a fire.
What’s the best fire pit starter?
Pine Mountain StarterLogg Select-A-Size Blocks, 24 Starts Firestarter Log for Campfire, Fireplace, Wood Stove, Fire Pit, Indoor & Outdoor Use, Red
Pine Mountain StarterLogg Select-A-Size Firestarting Blocks
Measure your pit for the best fit: Make sure to check your fire pit to ensure a 35-36 inch diameter mesh spark cover is the right size
Now you can start up a fire using the good old paper or any ready to use coals but if you don’t want to go through the hassle and get straight into the fun then I recommend that you use this.
It’s cheap, it’s accessible, it’s readily available and it does the job in the blink of an eye. It has 24 fire starters in each pack so it will be quite some time before you use another pack again if you like to have weekend fire pit sessions.
It’s made from natural materials and it’s also fit for outdoor camping activities and even for grills. The logs can be cut into smaller pieces to fit for your uses and it’s actually good for your lungs too as it releases less micro particles compared to most conventional fire starters in the market today. There’s no reason to not get it.
How Can My Family Keep Safe Around Our Fire Pit?
It is essential that before you do any preparations for fire pit setups, here are a few tips you should use:
- Consider purchasing a metal mesh fire pit cover to keep sparks at bay and open flames hidden.
- Never leave pets or children alone around a lit fire pit.
- Always keep combustible or explosive materials away from a fire pit.
- Never leave a fire pit alone while the ashes or flames are still blazing. Always use equipment to shift logs. Never use your hand to move a burning log.
- To avoid overheating or burns, keep a safe distance from the fire.
- Wearing nylon or other flammable garments is not recommended. Also, avoid wearing clothing that is too big for you.
- Never use flammable substances, such as gasoline or kerosine, to start or relight a fire.
- In case of an emergency, keep a hose or a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Keep an eye on the wind direction and try not to sit in the line of blown ashes and sparks.
Fire pits are a great addition to make your home, the ideal home that you could ever have! And it is definitely a must try!