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Keep your patio warm: A guide to choosing the right fire pit

by Debbie Goldberg 09/24/2023

Fire pits are phenomenal backyard additions. They provide warmth and can be a dynamic centerpiece on your patio or as a fixture in your yard. Considering adding one to your backyard? Check out these basic reminders to ensure you get the perfect one for your needs.

Consider fire pit fuel types

It’s good to think about the type of fuel your pit may need. Common types include: wood, charcoal and propane. A wood-burning fire pit is the closest to creating a campfire atmosphere. However, if you want more control over the flame strength, propane fire pits may suit you more. If you plan to grill over your fire pit, you may find charcoal more to your liking.

While precautions should be taken for any kind of fuel source, ensure extra precautions are taken with propane tanks, as they carry certain hazardous risks. Always refer to the label of your fuel source for handling instructions and precautions.

Take note of the shape & style 

Consider the outdoor space you’re working with and the aesthetic you want. Fire pits come in many shapes and sizes. If your property is close to your neighbor’s, perhaps a smokeless fire pit would better suit your needs. If you want a more countryside feel, a rustic stone pit is a great option. Consider new metal designs for a chic appeal.

If you’re working with a smaller patio space, try a rectangular pit. For a more traditional appeal, you may want to go for a round pit. Heat will disperse evenly around the perimeter with a circular shape, whereas a rectangular shape will offer more structure for seating and more possible grill layering options for cookouts.

Review the building materials

An outdoor fire pit is made to resist high levels of heat. Many fire pits are made of stainless steel. You can find pits made of various other metals; namely cast iron and aluminum. 

Stone fire pits are very traditional and can be made with just a few items. One of their more attractive features is how great they are for those who love DIY projects. If a stone fire pit appeals to you, try picking up a kit at your local hardware store or finding in-depth instructions and supply lists online.

Fire pits in backyard spaces are great ways to revitalize your yard while adding function and style. Whether you’re hoping to make delicious s’mores with one of many wood-burning fire pits or simply want the warmth of a crackling fire surrounded by loved ones on a beautiful night, a fire pit is an excellent addition to nearly any yard.

About the Author

Debbie Goldberg

I'm a full time Realtor with over 30 years of experience yet young enough to embrace today's ever-changing scope of marketing and technology. Having grown up in Connecticut and moved many times (too many to count!) I can empathize with today's buyers and sellers. Strictly maintaining ethical standards and being a fierce advocate on behalf of my clients are things I take very seriously. As a buyer, you can expect me to listen to and evaluate your real estate wants and needs. I can assist in explaining relevant forms, agreements, and closing procedures. I will guide you through the process of finding the right home, negotiating your offer, adhering to all contract dates and terms as well as final walk through and closing procedures. As a seller, I will listen to and evaluate your goals, needs, and timing in order to properly price your home to get the maximum exposure needed to attract the right buyers. In addition to negotiating on your behalf, I will make sure we communicate throughout the entire process as we navigate the contract terms, finance and inspection contingencies, as well as all closing procedures. I was born in Japan, grew up in Hamden and lived in New York, Ohio and Southern California before settling down in New Haven county to raise two kids, two dogs and a cat. I'm passionate about good food and love to bake. Some of my free time has been spent volunteering at Temple Beth Sholom, a synagogue where my family has been members for over 40 years. I also spend time at Tower One/Tower East, an assisted living center in New Haven where my mother-in-law now resides. 30 years of helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals has given me the peace of mind to know that what I do everyday matters. If you are thinking of buying or selling please keep me in mind.