5 Fire Pit Ideas to Steal for Cozy Fall Nights
Truth time: We recently had a fire pit built for our house in Los Angeles (where it gets cold like six times a year), because I’m obsessed with s'mores. Oops.
While I was doing research for our own design, I was blown away by all the creativity I came across. I discovered fire pits have come a long way! Here are a few of my favorite ideas to steal for your own fire pit design dreams, as well as some tips for creating the coziest outdoor spots this fall.
An (Outdoor) Room With a View
When you’re thinking through where to put your fire pit, consider the view while creating your design. Try to choose an outdoor spot that gives a majority of people the best view. Even if your home doesn’t have a mountain or water view, it’s smart to think this through. For example, if you place the fire pit in a spot that has everyone staring at your garbage cans while roasting their marshmallows, that could really put a damper on your s'mores mojo.
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
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
Stacked Stone Fire Pit
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.
Stacked Stone Fire Pit
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
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.
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.
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.
Simple Setup = Big Fun
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A simple solution can be achieved with a few chic outdoor chairs and your own DIY fire pit. Try cozy-ing up your space with some outdoor cushions and faux sheepskins thrown over the backs of your chairs if you want to go for a glamping vibe in your backyard.
Quad Fire Strips
At the 2012 HGTV Dream Home in Park City, Utah, a modern fire pit area, connected to interior spaces via boardwalks, invites relaxation. Four separate gas units comprise the modern fire pit design. The Utah limestone-clad column is topped in a surface of limestone.
Infinity Fire Pit
From this point of view you can see how the newly designed courtyard on the lower level of the yard is a self-contained outdoor room with a fireplace, raised beds, and a center area for entertaining. The stunning stonework along the right side is both decorative and functional and features an open archway with a view into the lower lot where a small Greek temple is situated.
All Shapes and Sizes
Forget a pit, and go for a bowl! If you’re tight on space, a fire bowl is a great solution. Typically, these have smaller profiles than a traditional fire pit and can easily fit into tighter or non-symmetrical spaces. If you have a larger area to use and still prefer the look of a bowl, use a large fire bowl instead.
Instead of black lava rocks or some type of heat-resitant stones for your fire pit, you could add some visual pizzazz with fire glass from Woodland Direct which comes in a wide array of colors - everything from aquamarine to sapphire blue to cherry (pictured).
Cover Me in Copper
Fire pit covers are necessary and recommended for protection against the elements but why settle for something purely functional when you can have style and beauty such as this copper fire pit cover made of lightweight aluminum.
Want an innovative and visually pleasing method for stacking your fire wood? Consider the 8 foot Double Round Rack which keeps wood dry and elevated off the ground and comes with a waterproof cover.
Whether you want to toast marshmallows or roast some hot dogs over the fire pit, these extendable safety roasting sticks help you avoid any burns or accidents that sometimes occur with outdoor grilling.
Carry a Torch
Looking for something more decorative and ornamental than a standard fire pit? Try these intriguing alternatives such as the Desert Steel Passion Flower Torch which is constructed of galvanized steel and operates on torch fuel.
Urban Log Lugger
Ideal for rearranging logs and pieces of wood in your fire pit, the Firebuggz Original Log Lugger is 48 inches long, made of durable steel with a powder coat finish and fitted with a comfort grip.
Curves and Angles
One way to make your fire pit stand out is to replace your traditional heat resistant rocks with something more visually unique like the Rasmussen Alterna Vent-Free FireShapes Set, made of ceramic bonded refractory concrete.
A convenient alternative to a permanent fire pit or outdoor grill is the Lumberjack Tripod Grill which can travel anywhere and offers you an 18 inch grill in heavy-duty, nickel-plated steel.
The Sherpa Solution
You have your portable grill but what about storage space for all of the extras that the grill requires? The Sherpa Camp Table & Organizer is a portable kitchen cupboard with a rollout aluminum tabletop and four padded bags to keep everything organized during storage and transport.
For Your Chiminea
If your outdoor fireplace is a chiminea and you need to protect the surface area around it, the Blue Rooster Fire Resistant Hearth measures 36 inches by 36 inches and prevents sparks and embers from damaging your deck or patio area.
Midnight at the Oasis
Fire pits can provide intriguing sources of light at night but there are other alternatives such as the Desert Steel Saguaro Cactus Torch which is 25 inches wide and 78 inches tall and definitely qualifies as garden art.
Above Ground or Below?
Patio Sitting Area With In-Ground 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.
Just like a pool, you can choose to have your fire pit above ground or below. Below ground has a more modern look and is a great option if you want to maintain the site lines of your outdoor space. Using natural gas for these fire pits are a great option because you can kick off your cozy gatherings with a simple flip of a switch.
Sandals LaSource, Grenada
Rancho Valencia, Southern California
Southern California's Rancho Valencia boasts two romantic fire pits adjacent to the resort's Pony Room restaurant and bar where guests enjoy cozy sunsets and fireside cocktails.
Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek
Cuddle up next to this fire pit with a hot toddy after taking a run on the Colorado slopes or perhaps before with a hearty cup of courage.
The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek has numerous fire pits located right next to the resort's gondola, a perfect spot to cozy up with your favorite ski bunny or slope wolf. This is one of the more secluded choices perfect for enjoying a romantic glass of bubbly.
St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City
Guests of the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City enjoy evening champagne next to the luxurious resort's unique rock formation fire pit, one of the most spectacular we've seen.
Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs
We're sure you'll feel that Rocky Mountain high as you relax by this sprawling resort's cozy fire pit. The Cheyenne Mountain Resort is also fast becoming one of Colorado's most popular destination wedding spots.
Four Seasons, Rancho Encantado
Fab Fire Feature at Rancho Bernardo Inn
The Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn is just far enough from bustling San Diego to feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. There's no mistaking the pleasant weather, which means guests enjoy the outdoor fire pit all year long.
The Historic Lodge at Vail
For those who don’t want to make a big investment and are not so into the DIY route, consider buying a fire pit, or chiminea. These come in all shapes and sizes and work with virtually any outdoor decor scheme. You can even choose options like a fire pit table to ensure you're getting the most bang for your fire-pit buck.