January 15, 2021 4 min read

Firepits are one of the oldest inventions of mankind, probably since the discovery of fire. Today, the traditional firepit hasn’t changed that much since the dawn of our civilisation, except perhaps the materials used nowadays and style of design. Regardless of how the firepit has evolved throughout history, the fundamental elements remain the same.

Nowadays, designer firepits have become popular. They are similar to traditional firepits, but have more interesting designs, such as cutouts made by CNC laser cutting or artistic metalsmithing. The firepit market has been booming the past couple of decades. So, how do you choose which one to purchase for your home? In this quick guide, we’ll help you navigate through the differences and benefits of the traditional firepit and the designer firepit.

What is a Traditional Firepit?

Traditional or conventional firepits have the basic design of firepits you would see in a campsite, but are styled more elegantly and can be more compact to fit even in the smallest backyard. They are typically made of steel, or in the case of Naked Flames selection of conventional firepits, made of corten, a type of weathering steel. Traditional firepits are simplistic but graceful in design, and will look lovely in any residential outdoor space.

What is a Designer Firepit?

A designer firepit is fundamentally the same as a traditional firepit, except they tend to have a more stylish design. For instance, Naked Flames offers designer firepits with cut outs of angels and nature scenery using CNC laser cutting methods. They add a new dimension to the traditional firepit.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Firepit

Before you purchase a firepit, whether traditional or designer, read about these five things to consider before making a decision. Firepits can be quite the investment and you want to make sure you get the right one that’s perfect for your residence.

Where you are going to place it

The most important aspect of purchasing a firepit is where you are going to place it. Not only will its placement guarantee that it is enjoyed by everyone in your family, it will also determine its safety. For instance, it is best to place a firepit of any kind on a flat concrete or stone surface. However, you can also place it on gravel and sand for as long as the firepit is level, so that the flaming contents do not fall off. Many people nowadays also have wooden decks and it is fine to integrate a firepit into the deck for as long as the firepit is elevated or, if embedded into the deck, there is space between the hot container and the wooden materials.

You should also make sure there are no low-hanging branches, especially dried ones near or above the firepit. Another thing to watch out for are gazebos and any other type of outdoor roofing. Placing a firepit under a canopy would not only cause the ceiling side of the canopy to blacken, but it will block the smoke from rising straight up into the open air.

Also, you should consider how it can be enjoyed in your backyard. For instance, it’s best to place a firepit at the center of an outdoor seating area.

The size and design

The size of your firepit will correspond with the area size of where you’ll eventually place it. If you have a small backyard or outdoor patio, a large firepit would be too overwhelming and possibly a safety hazard. On the other hand, if you have a large outdoor space, it doesn’t mean you need to choose a large firepit as well. Perhaps you want a more intimate firepit at the center of a two-person seating area.

The design of the firepit is not just for aesthetics. They can also serve a type of functionality. For instance, a more elaborate designer firepit with asymmetric edges could be more challenging for cooking than a traditional one with a basic design.

What you are going to use it for

As mentioned earlier, the design and size of a firepit should correspond with how you will use it, such as cooking, heating, or simply as decorative ambient natural light.

Price and materials

The price range of firepits can range from affordable to expensive, depending on the material used, size, and design. Take this into consideration especially if you’re planning to get a designer firepit, which can be more expensive. If you want a simple one, Nake Flames also offers more affordable and smaller firepits that still have nice cutout designs such as the Fia model.

What fuel to use

Typically, firepits use traditional and natural materials for fueling the fire, such as charcoal, short logs, and even wood chips. You can use lighter fluid, but be warned that they could emit a distinctive smell and could cause thicker, darker smoke. You can also use fuel cubes to start your fire and then let nature take its course as the wood burns through the night.

What Firepit Should You Buy?

You should buy the firepit that fits your backyard or outdoor space’s dimensions and location. You should also buy a design that speaks to your personality. There is no correct answer as to the type of firepit you should buy. The important thing is that you and your family and friends enjoy this simple yet time-tested product.