Fire pits can be permanent or portable, convenient for bonfires, barbecues or heating, use different fuel sources, come in various sizes and styles, and possess various accessories. When you put all those factors together, it is no wonder that choosing the right fire pit could be confusing! Let us take a look at a few of the most popular designs.
The chiminea is a very attractive fire pit design. Essentially, it is a circular, squat tub that sits above the ground, usually supported on 3 feet. Traditionally it was made of ceramic, although modern variants come in other materials like cast iron or alloy. It can be used to cook food and also provide warmth by burning wood logs. Modern models still maintain the identical curved body and cylindrical stovepipe, and there is a small hole in the face of the bowl where you can feed wood on the fire.
These begin as a pit dug into the ground, then are often lined with a small wall of rock that extends above the ground. These stones or bricks help to insulate the fire from the ground, as well as blocking the end. It’s possible to use an in-ground pit as a sort of campfire in your own garden, and you’ll be able to add a grill on top for cooking. A sunken fire pit can’t be moved, but they are considered safer than having an open fire built straight onto the ground.
If you are keen to have a wood fire pit, but do not need a permanent hole in the ground, then have a look at a few of the mobile above ground units. Copper bowls are extremely popular, using a dish to build the fire in and metal supports to hold it up. You might even get above ground fire pits that are square or rectangular, and several have spark displays within the flames. This way refreshing air gets in but the fires and fires can’t escape. You can take you mobile fire pit to the beach, woods or anywhere you like, so they’re very versatile. Some enclosed pits have the choice of adding a rotisserie pub, a level grill for barbecuing and an ash pan that is easy to remove and wash. You might even use coals rather than wood.
It’s also possible to purchase fire pits that are fuelled by gasoline instead of wood or coals. Usually, this type will need to be permanent, so that it can stay connected into your natural gas lines. A couple of designs do run on propane and can be moved around. A gas fire pit usually contains concrete or ceramic logs for a wonderful effect. They are available in a selection of shapes, but do not need a spark display. A gas fire pit can also be a good pick when wood fires are disallowed on your area.