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A Buying Guide to the 6 Types of Fire Pits

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The Different Types of Fire Pits & Fire Features

Fire pits are a great addition to any outdoor living space to enhance the atmosphere of your backyard, patio, or deck and bring friends and family closer together. The classic campfire style ambiance will create a unique outdoor experience that provides warmth and comfort but there are many styles to choose from so we've put together a fire pit buying guide to explore the different types of fire features to help you find the right product for your needs.

1. Classic Fire Pits

Whether wood or gas, classic fire pits feature 360° of flames to provide warmth and comfort just like a traditional campfire. Let's take a look at the two main types of classic fire pits: wood and gas.

Wood Fire Pits

The traditional choice for an outdoor fire pit, wood burning fire pits are simple to install and easy to use. Essentially, an enclosure—typically metal or concrete/stone—provides a structure to contain the wood for your fire.

Jatex Wood Fire Pit

Benefits of a Wood Fire Pit:

  • Simple – Beyond the initial setup, there's no gas lines or moving parts to prevent the wood fire pit from operating
  • Affordable – Fire wood is usually pretty cheap and readily available in almost all areas
  • Warmth – Real wood fires create a warm and cozy flame that is unmatched in heat and flame presence

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Gas Fire Pits

A modern take on the classic fire pit, gas fire pits offer more convenience and more safety in a controlled fire to provide warmth and ambiance. Gas fire pits feature a gas burner to provide the flames and can be used with different fire medias like lava rock, fire glass, or ceramic log sets.

American Fyre Designs Gas Fire Pit

Benefits of a Gas Fire Pit:

  • Convenient – Once it's hooked up to a natural gas or propane source, a beautiful fire is ready at any time and you don't have to worry about building a fire or worrying about wet logs
  • Safe – If installed properly, gas fire pits can be much safer than wood because the flames aren't as large and uncontrollable—great for suburbs, condos, or apartments
  • Clean – The efficient fuel source is clean burning with no smokey smell, and it's much cheaper than continuously purchasing fire wood

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2. Fire and Water Features

Modern innovation has brought us the unique combination of fire and water with the outdoor Fire & Water features . The different types of fire and water features offer versatile installation options for the ultimate patio paradise.

HPC H2Onfire Fire and Water Feature

Benefits of a Fire & Water Feature:

  • Unique – The combination of fire and water creates an elegant focal point for the ultimate outdoor living space
  • Versatile – These unique features create both warmth and comfort to enhance your patio
  • Customizable – Different types of fire and water features are available for the DIYer or contractor

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3. DIY Fire Pits

A cost effective and simple way for many people to go, DIY fire pit kits are offered in different varieties but essentially include the components needed to create a custom gas fire pit. The most basic, and most popular kits, are our Match Light kits, then Spark Ignition, and then Electronic Ignition.

HPC Electronic Ignition Fire Pit Kit

Benefits of a DIY Fire Pit Kit:

  • Cost Effective – Depending on the kit you purchase, DIY fire pits can be much cheaper than an already finished product
  • Simple to Install – With our instructions and helpful video, DIY kits can be very easy to install but the gas connections should be finished by a professional
  • Customizable – With a myriad of sizes and shapes, the limits to your fire pit options are endless as you can design and build your own unique fire pit

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4. Gas Fire Tables

A more contemporary option, gas fire tables offer form and function in various different designs. We have a huge selection of shapes and sizes, but the main difference comes down to the table height: coffee table "chat" height (~23"), dining table height (~29"), and bar table height (~35").

Outdoor Greatroom Montego Fire Table

Benefits of a Gas Fire Table:

  • Contemporary – New designs and shapes feature a more contemporary look for the modern home with a classic feel
  • Form and Function – The fire feature creates a focal point for beauty while the table top surface offers functionality as an entertainment centerpiece
  • Shapes & Sizes – With our huge variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, there's a one of kind product for every taste

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5. Table Top Fire Pits

Much more portable and convenient, table top fire pits offer warmth and comfort in a more economic size in order to be used on your favorite table. These table top fire pits are gel fueled, meaning no gas connections are necessary—and they can be used indoors or out.

Outdoor Greatroom Table Top Fire Pit

Benefits of a Table Top Fire Pit:

  • Gel Fuel – Clean burning fuel is odorless and cheap to provide ambiance and comfort
  • Indoor/Outdoor – The unique gel fuel allows these units to be used indoors or out
  • Table Top – Convenient size allows the fire feature to be placed on top of a table for one of a kind atmosphere

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6. Fire Urns

More of a decorative patio enhancement, fire urns provide a one of a kind statement to enhance any patio atmosphere. These gas powered units feature a high quality burner to provide bright and beautiful flames contrasted by the traditional decorative urn.

American Fyre Designs Fire Urn

Benefits of a Fire Urn:

  • Ambiance – The decorative appearance creates a one of a kind ambiance to elevate any patio atmosphere
  • Quality – The combination of the decorative urn with a high quality gas burner create an unbeatable combination

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The Conclusion:

There's no denying the ambiance a fire pit can create—especially in your own patio paradise. With plenty of different styles and functions, fire pits can be a whole lot more than just wood and fire—but no matter what, they will provide warmth and comfort as they bring friends and family close together.



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