Fire Pit Inserts: Options and Ideas
Explore options and ideas for an insert for your backyard fire pit.
If you're planning to install a fire pit as a feature or focal point of your outdoor living space, you may want to browse options and ideas for fire pit inserts. These crucial design touches add a great deal of visual interest to any fire pit, and they can help transform your backyard into a truly unique gathering place.
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.
The first consideration when browsing fire pit insert designs is shape. You'll probably want (and may even need) to match the shape of your fire pit burner to the shape of the fire pit. Rectangular or circular shapes are the most popular designs, but you'll also find star shapes and other unique twists that will make the flame a real point of curiosity for guests.
Next up you'll need to think about materials for your fire pit insert. Stainless steel is the most popular option for the burner trough, but you'll have many options when it comes to the "burning display" (the portion of the fire pit guests will see). From faux logs to diamond glass to crystals, the options are varied, and many are quite beautiful.
Finally, you'll need to decide on the ignition mechanism for your fire pit insert. You'll have more or less two choices here—remote ignition, fired by a switch located somewhere in your home or outdoor living space, or push-button ignition located on or adjacent to the fire pit itself.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas