Copper Fire Pits

Learn about copper fire pits and explore the possibilities for these stylish outdoor features.

Copper Fire Pit

Copper Fire Pit

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You can add a stylish and functional feature to your backyard with a fire pit. One of the most attractive and efficient ways to do so is to explore the array of copper fire pits available.

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Copper fire pits can usually be found in stock at most home improvement stores as well as many "big box" stores, and they come in a wide range of prices and styles—from those billed as "estate quality" to some that would look right at home at a stadium tailgate. Pricing and style will be entirely up to you, but there are a few things you should know up front before making your purchase.

First and foremost, be sure to carefully read the manufacturer's instructions regarding your copper fire pit. It will explain which lighters and fuels are approved to use, and which you should avoid. In general, untreated wood and charcoal are a-ok, and pressure-treated wood, lighter fluid and gasoline are off the list. Pinyon pine wood is particularly desirable, due to its pleasant odor and tendency to keep mosquitoes away.

Make sure you place your copper fire pit in a safe location, away from buildings, trees or particularly dry grass that could catch an errant spark and make for a particularly exciting barbecue.

Lastly, make sure you don't overload your copper fire pit. Stacking the wood too high could cause an out-of-control blaze and send sparks and embers flying. Be careful to keep the screen or cover in place to catch the largest embers, and finally, make sure you have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher handy at all times.

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