Outdoor Fire Pits: Perfect for your Summer Open-Air Room for your Home Outside!

By May 15, 2009November 22nd, 20116 Comments

by Val Khislavsky

As summer approaches, many of you are looking forward to hosting guests in your open-air rooms, and looking for ways to create a welcoming Home Outside for your guests to enjoy. Julie is no exception- she loves to be outside on summer nights and loves to share her home with others. She also loves the light, heat and dance of fire. To complete her vision for her open-air room, Julie is looking to purchase a portable, outdoor fire pit to serve as a focal point. You too can add the element of fire to your outdoor gathering space to give a sense of warmth and magic to your Home Outside.


Firebowl Hemi 36

At home in your open-air room, a portable, outdoor fire pit will draw the warmth of the hearth outdoors for the summer season. After a hard day’s work in the office or garden, you can put your feet up and relax around a glowing flame and enjoy the play of shadows in the foliage. Not only will your fire pit radiate light and heat to ease the chill of the evening, but it will also draw your family and guests in towards it, creating a central focal point for a gathering that also helps you organize your Home Outside. Round fire pits are particularly suited to this purpose, as they encourage people to encircle them.

Portable is practical:

The portability of your outdoor fire pit is an important consideration- it allows you to adjust your outdoor landscape to serve different groups and amounts of guests, and gives you the flexibility to change the layout of your landscape and experiment with different orientations for your fire pit. Portability is also a practical necessity: you can easily move a portable outdoor fire pit into a covered location to keep the rain out and protect its fire screen (a screen placed over the top of the pit to keep sparks in) from the possibility of rust.

backyardfirepittm2 Backyard Firepit™

Options, Options: versatility puts you in control:

The key to being satisfied with your outdoor fire pit is taking the time to make sure you select one that truly fits your needs and is versatile enough to adapt to the changing demands of your lifestyle. Outdoor fire pits are suited to a variety of aesthetic tastes and price ranges. There are also both wood-burning and fuel or gel-burning options–be sure to look into your local outdoor fire regulations before choosing a model. The selections below are only a small fraction of what is available–a google search for “outdoor fire pit” will turn up countless entries to browse through when selecting the perfect addition to your Home Outside.

Wood-Burning Fire Pits:

Backyard Firepit™ (pictured above)

Fire Sense 29” Firebowl

Fuel or Gel-Burning Fire Pits:

Firebowl Hemi 36 (pictured above)

Outdoor Fire Pit & Log Set

Bells and Whistles:

Outdoor fire pits do come with a number of accessory options. Many come equipped with a grill insert, allowing you to use them as a cooking element as well as a style element. Fire pit lids, often made from copper, are also available to fit some models. They are more substantial than the fire screen and offer a solid covering for your fire pit. Another handy accessory is a fire pit pad, a great idea if you plan to place your fire pit on decking or grass- the pad protects these vulnerable surfaces from errant sparks and stains. Another possibility: a piece of flat fieldstone or small terrace of brick placed underneath the fire pit will keep the grass from scorching.

Fire Pit Accessories:

Terrazzo Fire Pit Pad

30” Copper Fire Pit Lid

Let us Know What You Think:

Help Julie decide on a portable outdoor fire pit for her home- do you have one that you just love? How have you used an outdoor fire pit to accent your Home Outside? Do you have any handy tips and tricks? Please share them with us by posting a reply!

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Anne Hill says:

    Watch for smoking your neighbors. I’m no fan of smoke being downwind of my neighbors. As we downsize, we need to consider the impact we have on our neighbors in light, sound and smoke. I put in gorgeous outdoor lighting fixtures on my house that direct the light down and add soft beauty with plenty of illumination.

  • I just came across your blog and have really enjoyed your posts. I just love these fire pits they are just stunning.

  • Kate says:

    I have a neighbor whose outdoor fire sends heavy smoke directly into my house. Is there anything that can be done to reduce the heavy smoke? I don’t want to get into a big confrontation with them, but I’m choking here.

  • Wood burning fires are a huge environmental and health pollution problem.
    Many health conscience states and individual jurisdictions have realized their negative environmental and health effects and have banned them.
    In my progressive area we can no longer install wood burning fireplaces either inside or outside. Instead you have the clean burning option of installing a gas burning fireplace/ fire pit.
    The positive points in support of a gas powered fire pit far outweigh the old fashion heavy polluting wood fire pits such as :
    -You don’t smell like a smoky camp fire after a brief evening around the pit. No need to bathe your kids or yourself before going to bed with stinky hair.
    -No high flying popping wood embers that can easily ignite an unwanted fire /
    – Gas is easy and quick to light and turn off. Easy manipulation of flame.
    – No smoke ! which means you won’t be smoking your neighbors out, putting the neighborhood kids with asthma in an unhealthy and potentially life threatening situation. You won’t be blasting the air with huge amounts of heavy polluting particulate matter that causes health problems for those with sensitive lung , breathing and heart conditions.

    Fire it up responsibly. Use gas – Give a hoot and don’t pollute by burning wood.

  • Richard Mosselman says:

    I’m just installing a gas-fired fire pit from Dagan Industries ( It’s called an FP-octogon unfinished. I’m going to face it with the same cultured stone that we used for the inside fireplace (tie the indoors with the outdoors).

    Cheers, Richard
    (PS great blog!)

  • liz says:

    These outdoor fire pits should be banned!! Wood smoke is more dangerous to the lungs than any other pollutant. It’s very irresponsible for a homeowner to subject neighbors to these toxins. My family has members that are asthmatic, allergic or have COPD. When we are outside enjoying our yard, or doing yard work & a neighbor fires up their pit, lungs get set on fire, eyes burn, headaches flare & then we must stop all our outdoor activity & run inside, left with our sore throats, lungs & headaches. We are never able to open our windows because of this.