Wood Burning Fire Pit Ideas
If you're considering adding a little flame to your backyard or outdoor living space, you'll want to consider the many wood burning fire pit ideas available.
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.
Your first task when planning for a wood burning fire pit is to decide where it's going to be located. Particularly if you're going to be burning any types of wood in your backyard, you want to ensure that this location is totally safe, and that no stray sparks will find a home in nearby bushes, overhanging branches, or dry grass.
Once you've picked the perfect location, you will need to secure any proper municipal clearances for having a fire pit in your backyard, and confirm that you're adhering to all codes. Once you're all clear, it's time to start exploring the design options on the table for wood burning fire pits.
You'll have many choices, the first of which will be related to whether you want your fire pit to be a permanent installation or a portable fixture. If you go with the latter, you can find many design options at your local hardware or home improvement store. If you choose a permanent installation, you may need to have a contractor build and install your fire pit. It'll be more expensive, but it's likely to be much sturdier and, because it'll never move, easier to keep clear of any flammable areas.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas