January 15, 2021 3 min read

A Buyer's Guide to Firepits

A fire pit is a great addition to any backyard. Fire pits have a long history and have traditionally been used for cooking over the fire. Some fire pits were even used indoors in countries like Japan for warmth. Nowadays, fire pits are mostly used outdoors where friends and family can gather around for conversations, and even to make some good old-fashioned s'mores.

Fire pits can create a literal and figurative space of warmth in any home.

 

What are firepits?

Firepits are any form of pit that is dug into the ground, but can also be a freestanding metal vessel, which contains an outdoor fire.

Fire pits were probably first used during the Paleolithic period, which was around 400,000 years ago. Archeological evidence from sites in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa show that fire pits were made using various-sized stones to contain the flames and prevent it from spreading.

After all that time, this traditional style of fire pit is still used today. It is the simplest and easiest way to make a fire pit, especially when you’re camping. However, since that time, the fire pit has also evolved in terms of design and functionality.

For example, propane or natural gas fire pits have become popular over the last few decades, as they can last longer and can be better controlled.

 

Types of firepits

Wood / Charcoal Burning Firepit

This is the simplest and most traditional version of a firepit. It replicates the firepits you would create while camping, and is the oldest form of firepit. The most basic wood burning firepit simply uses stones or bricks as a perimeter to contain the fire. However, this type of fire pit is usually a metal vessel that is lifted off the ground, which makes removing the ashes easier and is more environmentally friendly, as it’s not damaging the natural ground. You simply have to collect fire logs, whether those gathered naturally from fallen trees or “fast lighting” ones bought at a store like Bunnings or Anaconda.

Most of the Firepits sold by Naked Flames are Wood or Charcoal powered. We split these pits into 3 categories based on shape as mentioned below:

 

1. Conventional Firepits

Conventional firepits are your classic shaped firepit as seen below.
 
For more conventional shaped firepit products from Naked Flames, click here
 

2. Designer Firepits

Designer firepits add an artistic element and with a unique shape cut from Corten A steel.
For more designer shaped firepit products from Naked Flames, click here
 

3. Braziers and Chimineas Firepits

Chimineas help to direct the smoke out with a chimney attached to an enclosed firepit. A brazier is a container used more for cooking with charcoal or other fuel related products. 
For more Chimeneas and Braziers from Naked Flames, click here

 

What are the benefits of firepits?

Besides aesthetics for your yard or vacation cabin, fire pits have numerous other benefits. Fire pits can make your gathering space at home multi-season, so even when the wind gets cooler, you and your family or friends can hang out around the fire.

Fire Pits also add a nice ambiance to your backyard or patio. There’s nothing more cozy and relaxing than the light from a fire pit. Think of a fire pit as a larger version of candles. They create an intimate mood that will evoke childhood memories of talking around a campfire.

Last but not least, fire pits aren’t just for decoration and warmth. They can also be used for cooking. Depending on the platform or system you’re using for your fire pit, you can place a grill above the fire and cook barbeque. The options are endless with a fire pit!

 

Considerations when purchasing a fire pit

Before you purchase a fire pit, make sure that having one can be practical in your residence. For instance, if you live in an apartment complex, the management might not allow fire pits as it could cause a serious fire. However, they may allow you to have a small fire pit. Gel fuel fire pits that are contained in a metallic structure are a good option for this type of living arrangement.

Be sure to read your local regulations if you plan to purchase a large fire pit at your residence. Some neighbourhoods have homeowners associations that have strict rules, while some towns have ordinances against using fire pits during certain seasons, especially in locales that experience severe drought and wildfires.

You should also decide if you want a portable fire pit or a permanent one, and what type of materials you want your fire pit to be made of.