Cast Iron and Steel Fire Pits
A fire pit can add warmth and visual interest to any outdoor living space. With many options on the market for fire pit materials, cast iron and steel fire pits are enjoying increasing popularity.
Materials and Structure
"Traditionally, outdoor fireplaces were made of brick and needed a foundation to be laid before they were built," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. Browse pictures of this outdoor living room from HGTV's 2012 Dream Home.
A porthole mirror and potted plants dress up this outdoor fireplace. Courtyard seating faces the fireplace, creating the perfect spot for company and conservation. Design by Chris Johnson
Find the Perfect Fit
A fire pit is one of the many focal points in this deck's multi-level design. A built-in bench curves around the fire pit for toasty seating on chilly nights. Photo courtesy of Trex
Ready for Company
The entertaining deck at HGTV's 2012 Dream Home offers a warm and cozy respite even on the chilliest winter's evening. This fire pit has a modern design and features four separate gas units.
Cast iron fire pits offer several advantages over their counterparts made of different materials. First, they're extremely sturdy and durable. They offer some of the greatest warmth of any fire pits, so if you're in a cold climate, they may be optimal for you. They're not prone to rust, and many people consider them great for cooking.
On the downside, they're quite heavy and expensive, prone to discoloration if exposed to moisture and, since they become so hot so quickly, can be dangerous if touched before cooling.
Steel fire pits are also quite popular, and with good reason. They're weather resistant, lightweight, durable and relatively inexpensive. They may not be as sturdy as cast iron, but they can offer a pleasing aesthetic and are quite low maintenance.
The cons of stainless steel fire pits are mostly in the eye of the beholder. Some find them a bit bland design-wise, as brushed steel generally has a uniform and somewhat familiar color. They can also become quite hot when in use, and they should be treated with caution during and after any fire.
Cast iron and steel fire pits both provide durable, attractive options—it's up to you which metal will be helping to heat things up in your outdoor living space.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas
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- Best Fire Pit Solutions
- Fire Pit Tongs and Pokers
- In Ground Fire Pits
- Fire Pit Covers, Screens and Grates
- Fire Pit Options for Patios