Light My Fire: Backyard Fire Pits for Every Budget
Legend has it that Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity, essentially enabling human civilization as we know it. Pretty cool, right? Well, regardless of the size of your space or budget, there’s a way for you to become the hero of your own story, bringing the warmth and light of fire to your family at home. Read on for ideas to get started...
Warm up a small space
No backyard? No problem. Having a smaller outdoor space doesn’t preclude you from enjoying the warmth of a fire at home. Invest in a budget-friendly tabletop fire bowl (can’t find one you like? Create your own!) to give off heat and provide visual appeal in your space. You can also opt for a double-duty chiminea, which is not only beautiful, but can also function as a small, outdoor oven. Homemade grilled pizza, anyone?
Dig into camp vibes
As your space opens up a bit, so do your fire pit possibilities. A quick trip to your local home improvement retailer's website opens up a world of prefab gas and wood-burning options, perfect for roasting s’mores in the backyard (you’ll find a good variety online as well). These ready-to-use fire pits tend to be freestanding, which is ideal if you’re not set on a permanent location for your fire. Some double as tables when not in use, and many boast a removable cooking grate so you can put your pit to work in multiple ways.
More of a DIYer? The internet is rife with blueprints for building your own in-ground fire pit — from simple to elaborate — based on your taste and skills. Whether you’re looking for an easy weekend project or a long-term challenge to test your mastery of landscape architecture, there’s a fire pit for you. Once you’ve installed your pit, deck it out with comfortable seating, grab a drink of choice, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Deck it out
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If a regular fire pit just won’t cut it, consider setting yourself up to lounge in front of an outdoor fireplace. Your fireplace possibilities are truly only limited by your imagination — and budget. From classic brick and rustic stone to sleek and ultra modern steel, you can design your outdoor fireplace as a gorgeous extension of your home. Think outside the box and create an ode to the elements with a pool/fireplace combination, an al fresco dining area with a fireplace flanked by a grill or pizza oven (or both!), or lean into the outdoor living room vibe with a chandelier and plush seating.
Regardless of the size of your space, safety is of the utmost importance when dealing with open flames. After confirming rules and regulations with your HOA or property management company, be sure to place your fire pit away from low-hanging branches or other items susceptible to fire, and close any nearby windows to avoid smoke in your home. As an extra precaution, always keep a fire extinguisher handy and stay vigilant if children will be playing in the area.
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