10 Fire Pit Accessories to Make Summer Hang Outs Better

So you have a fire pit. Now what?

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After years of dreaming and scheming, I’m proud to say that I’m now one of the lucky ones: I have an outdoor fire pit! (Cue jumping up and down and high fives all around).

Patio With Bowl Fire Pit and Cushion Seating

Patio With Bowl Fire Pit and Cushion Seating

Cheery patterned cushions offer a cozy spot for relaxation on this patio. A large bowl fire pit adds warmth and ambiance.

One of my most fun projects, while we were still in the construction phase, was brainstorming all of the fun accessories that would make our soon-to-be outdoor fire pit truly special. Here’s a fun roundup of all of the fire pit accessories that might not already be on your radar.

Extra-Long Skewers

Toasting marshmallows in small spaces

Toasting marshmallows in small spaces

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

I quickly realized that marshmallow skewers are a dime a dozen, but after our first official s’mores party, I realized that regular marshmallow skewers don’t work so well. Enter extra-long marshmallow skewers. These will allow you to sit comfortably around the fire with your friends, without anyone feeling like their eyebrows are going to get cinged. And the double prongs allow you to be way more efficient by roasting two at once (that’s twice as many s’mores in half the time).

Giant Jenga

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Fire pits are always way more fun when you have a small group of friends hanging out with you. I was trying to figure out the perfect small group game when I stumbled upon giant Jenga. It’s pretty much just like regular Jenga, but the blocks are larger so it’s the perfect game to play outside where you have a bit more space. Just make sure you set this up away from the actual fire so your blocks don't go up in flames.

Fire Glass

Blue Fire

Blue Fire

Gas lines and a stainless steel gas burner are hidden under a circle of blue chips known as “fire glass,” pebble-like fragments which are used to retain and direct heat in fire pits.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Hearthstone Environments, www.hsenviro.com

Image courtesy of Hearthstone Environments, www.hsenviro.com

If you have a gas fire pit, you can use fire glass or crystals to zhush up your patio. These come in a variety of colors and textures and do a great job of adding a bit of glam to your fire pit setup. You can even switch them out based on the holidays or seasons.

Campfire Popcorn Popper 

Fire Pit Popcorn Popper

Fire Pit Popcorn Popper

A fun accessory for any outdoor fireplace or fire pit is a popcorn popper like this sleek model from Camp Chef which can hold a 3.5 quart capacity.

Photo by: Camp Chef

Camp Chef

I had s’mores on my radar long before our fire pit was complete, but I had no idea that you could actually make popcorn over an outdoor fire. Needless to say, I’m now completely hooked. A campfire popcorn popper allows you to easily pop up a snack for all of your guests. I like to serve the popcorn in simple paper bags and bring out some different spices and flavorings so everyone can customize their own bag.

Mexican Blankets

Pet-Friendly Porch

Pet-Friendly Porch

Keeping in mind their love of kayaking and entertaining winery guests, Kim Lewis Designs fulfilled the clients' desire for an indoor/outdoor space. The porch features a place for the pooches! Built-in benches offer lounge seating, but space underneath is super valuable, so built-in dog beds were added.

Photo by: Molly Winters Photography

Molly Winters Photography

Even in a warm climate like we have in Southern California, it can get chilly at night. Since I knew we’d be spending a lot of time around our fire pit, I decided to invest in a bunch of matching Mexican blankets that we could keep on hand for guests. I got them in a few different bright colors and have enough so each guest can have their own. I store them in an outdoor shed so they're always easily accessible but are still out of the way (and safe on the off chance it rains).

Retro Cooler

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Photo by: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Kimberly Finkel Davis

It’s nice to not have to run back and forth to the house when your guests need a fresh drink, so this retro cooler would be the perfect solution. If you often have large groups of friends and family over, you might consider getting a couple so anyone can easily grab a beer or soda.

Basket of Pillows 

Basket of Blankets

Basket of Blankets

As the sun goes down at the stadium, temperatures can drop drastically. Keep your guests warm and comfy with a basket filled with woven throw blankets. In addition to adding comfort, blankets offer another opportunity to work your team colors into the party.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

In addition to the blankets, I like to keep a basket of extra throw and floor pillows that people can grab when they want to get more comfy. Even though I do keep a number of pillows out on our outdoor seating area, I find that having some extra pillows goes a long way in ensuring everyone is comfy and relaxed no matter where they're sitting. Just like the blankets, I store these away when they're not in use.

An Outdoor Dog Bed 

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Give your four-footed friends a fresh spot to sleep using dismantled shipping pallet lumber and a cushion.

Don’t forget about your pup when you’re planning your outdoor fire pit oasis! Consider having a waterproof dog bed on hand, so your furry friend can hang out along with everyone else. You can choose to leave it outside if your dog has free run of the yard, or store it and only take it out on the evenings or days you need it. 

Walkie Talkies

I know this one might seem strange but stay with me. Depending on how long of a walk it is from your house to your yard, you might want to consider getting some walkie talkies. These have been an invaluable tool for my husband and me so we can communicate with each other while one person is in the house and one of us is by the fire pit. We can let each other know what is needed and should be brought out if someone is at the front door.

Outdoor Movie Screen

DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Make this DIY outdoor movie screen in less than an hour and turn your next outdoor get-together into a neighborhood movie night.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

This is a great investment for those of you who are fully committed to spending some quality time out in your yard. An outdoor movie screen is an awesome addition to your space if you have the room. You’ll need to figure out a way to project your movie (here are some ideas), but once you have your setup ready to go, it could be movie night every night. Setting up in front of your fire pit means you get to watch a fun flick AND stay warm.

Make It: DIY Movie Screen

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Private Fire Pit

A secluded seating area becomes prime real estate for a fire pit setup. A grouping of weather-resistant chairs surround the fire feature, while a living privacy wall surrounds the entire space.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Built-In Fire Pit

Indoor/outdoor living can be enjoyed year round in this California community. Here, a spacious atrium is the perfect gathering spot for family and friends. Modern rattan furniture placed near the built-in fire pit adds plenty of space for relaxation. Design by Kevin Smith

Limestone Fire Pit

This built-in fire pit is veneered in house brick lined with a fire brick interior and finished with a four-piece thermal bluestone coping. Design by Bob Hursthouse

Sunken Fire Pit

This Maui vacation home features more than stunning ocean views; it also comes with a stone patio and sunken fire pit to make alfresco relaxing that much better.

Marble Fire Pit

A marble fire pit warms up this covered outdoor living room and makes the space perfect for year-round lounging. Design by Adam Miller

Four-Unit Fire Pit

Four separate gas units comprise the modern fire pit design of HGTV Dream Home 2012. The Utah limestone-clad column is topped in a surface of limestone. A clear glass surround protects gas flames while contributing to the deck's open fire experience.

Open Fire Pit

Set in the Santa Monica Mountains, this adobe-style home encircles a large pool and courtyard with an open-flame fire pit situated right in the middle. Design by Lewin Wertheimer; Photo by Douglas Hill

Bluestone Fire Pit

This natural stone fire pit features a fire brick interior and is capped in Pennsylvania bluestone, which can quickly turn into additional seating when more party guests arrive. Design by ACM Design

Photo By: Frontier Group ©Photographed by Frontier Group

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

This contemporary outdoor space is a destination for every season with lush foliage that peaks in the spring and summer and a cozy fire pit for cold-weather months. Design by a Blade of Grass Landscape Design

Old World Fire Pit

This outdoor patio is designed to bring a contemporary look to an Old World-style house. Adjacent to the pool, a built-in stone fire pit becomes the centerpiece to a cozy lounge area. Design by Paul Wrona

Flat Stone Fire Pit

Landscape designer Chris Lambton transformed his own backyard into an outdoor oasis complete with a custom-made picnic table, bluestone patio and fire pit area finished with Pennsylvania flat stone. The fire pit is surrounded by upcycled whiskey barrel stools and wooden Adirondack chairs for ample seating options.

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Stacked Stone Fire Pit

A band of composite decking in a lighter shade visually separates the fire pit area from the rest of the entertainment deck. Photo courtesy of Trex

Covered Fire Pit

A colorful, two-tiered deck and adjacent fire pit adds function, depth and layers to the back of this home. Design by Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

The freestanding fire pit is the focal point for outdoor gatherings and is incorporated into the design by extending the existing deck area into an organic shape. Design by Jamie Durie

Natural Stone Fire Pit

Lush landscaping combined with a built-in barbecue, large seating area and fire pit create the ideal place to entertain family and friends. Design by Kevin Smith

Stone Fire Pit

Just off the crescent-shaped pool, a fire pit provides an additional lounge space for evening entertainment. Design by Joseph Vassallo; Photo by Mary Vail, OSG Publicist

Stone Fire Pit

A built-in stone fire pit anchors this streamlined patio with a circular layout that facilitates conversation. Design by Andreas Charalambous

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon ©Geoffrey Hodgdon

Contemporary Fire Pit

A small, contemporary fire pit is the showpiece of this shaded outdoor seating area. An expansive pergola makes the fire pit area more intimate. Design by Jamie Durie

Mobile Fire Pit

A small backyard becomes a magical garden with lush landscaping and a C-shaped seating area surrounding a fire pit. Design by Jamie Durie

Fire Pit Bowl

A Gabion bowl was used for a fire pit feature in this luxurious and modern backyard design. The fire pit deck is sunk below the height of the infinity pool to keep the benches level to the pool. Design by Jamie Durie

Patio Fire Pit

An in-ground fire pit lights and warms up this patio sitting area. A pair of wicker sofas flank the fire pit, offering a convenient spot for chatting with family and friends.

Fire Pit With a View

Take a dip in the hot tub, then cozy up by the fire pit for a view of the magnificent waterfront sunset. This British Virgin Islands home's patio offers ample space and seating, making it an ideal setting for entertaining guests.

Photo By: Smiths Gore Limited, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Gray Stone Fire Pit

This private backyard patio renovation includes gray stone and boulders throughout, including the cozy fire pit area. An outdoor dining table with a neutral umbrella provides a lovely place for enjoying afternoon lunch, while long wood steps lead to a deck area that overlooks the surrounding tree-lined property.

Garden Fire Pit

Surrounded by lush perennials, this outdoor lounge is relaxing whether the fire pit is in use or not.

Reflecting Fire Pit

The fire pit in this cool contemporary space is adorned with black tile that reflects the flames.

Concrete Fire Pit

The simplicity of this Asian-inspired design helps create a tranquil setting on the deck. The fire pit is surrounded by comfortable cozy seating and a unique privacy wall.

Photo By: Tomas Ovalle / Associated Press

Geo Fire Pit Patio

This patio was made for entertaining. On those cooler evenings, four geometric wooden armchairs circle a stone fire pit, while warmer evenings allow for a dip in the glowing infinity pool.

L-Shaped Fire Pit

This Yard Crashers backyard renovation included adding a water feature, a cooking area and this custom, L-shaped fire pit.

Photo By: Tomas Ovalle / Associated Press

Tabletop Fire Pit

A tabletop fire pit in the middle of the bar adds some unexpected pizazz to this outdoor kitchen.

Half Fire Pit, Half Epic View

This cozy sitting area looks out over a vibrant blue ocean. A built-in fire pit ensures a relaxing spot, keeping the space warm from the cool ocean breeze.

From: Mark Scott Associates

Photo By: Anthony Gomez

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