10 Amazing Backyard Fire Pits for Every Budget

Built-in, in-ground, portable — there's a fire pit for every backyard.

As a brand-new owner of my very own outdoor fire pit, I’m happy to report: THEY ARE TRULY MAGICAL!

Whether you have loads of outdoor space and want to create a built-in fire pit, or you have a small patio that you’d like to add a portable fire pit to, we’ve got lots of ideas you can try. Grab a bag of marshmallows and get ready for some fun! I've rounded up 10 of my favorite outdoor fire pit setups for every budget.

Fire Pit + Table Combo

Round Fire Pit Table

Round Fire Pit Table

Fire pit tables come in round and square designs. This fire pit by My Outdoor Rooms, based in Dothan, Ala., features an oversized top for a romantic meal or intimate gathering with friends and family. The pre-built fire pit is 5 feet in diameter and 30 inches high with a 19-inch firebowl on the inside.

Photo by: My Outdoor Rooms

My Outdoor Rooms

If space is at a premium for you, one of my favorite fire pit setups is a fire pit/table combo. This two-for-one arrangement allows you to use your table for eating or playing games. Then, you can cover up the fire pit when it’s not in use. However, as soon as you’re ready for some fire-pit action, you automatically have a designated area.

This setup is especially handy if you’re having a s’mores party, as you can use the table section to hold all of the necessary ingredients.

Casual Backyard Fire Pit

Patio with Wooden Furniture Arrangement and Portable Fire Pit

Patio with Wooden Furniture Arrangement and Portable Fire Pit

A circular patio design that is large enough to hold a fire pit and seating for up to six people still retains a sense of intimacy in this design from YardApes, Inc. that takes advantage of the sweeping backyard views.

Photo by: YardApes, Inc., a member of The National Association of Landscape Professionals

YardApes, Inc., a member of The National Association of Landscape Professionals

Use some Adirondack chairs and a portable fire pit to create a fun, casual area in your backyard. Space the chairs around your fire pit in a circle to create a nice conversation space. This type of setup works well for smaller yards or even for larger yards that have a variety of separate designated hang-out areas.

Fire Pit + Pool Combo

Patio With Infinity Pool and Fire Pit

Patio With Infinity Pool and Fire Pit

Taking full advantage of its gorgeous desert setting, this home's porch and patio feature wide open expanses, an infinity pool and a fire pit. The stonework echoes the neutral colors of the landscape.

Photo by: Tor Barstad

Tor Barstad

If you’re thinking of tackling a large-scale backyard renovation, and you’re lucky enough to have a pool, consider adding a fire pit. This type of setup allows you to seamlessly incorporate the fire pit into your backyard landscape. Additionally, if you’re already undertaking a reno, you can easily add elements such as gas to your fire pit. This solution works really well in warmer climates where hanging out by the pool is a year-round option.

Rustic Fire Pit Style

Rustic Fire Pit with Log Seating

Rustic Fire Pit with Log Seating

In a pastoral setting, whether a farm, family homestead or in a new community like Serenbe, near Atlanta, you simply need logs and stones to create a fitting fire pit.

Photo by: Serenbe/J. Ashley Photography

Serenbe/J. Ashley Photography

If you’d like to create a true campfire feel, consider creating a rustic fire pit. You can use logs for seating, and outline the fire pit with stones. For safety reasons, you’ll want to make sure you have a large, wide-open area for this type of a setup. Make sure to keep long branches or skewers on hand for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs with the whole family.

In-Ground Fire Pit

Backyard Fire Pit With Wooden Armchairs

Backyard Fire Pit With Wooden Armchairs

A once outdated landscape was retrofitted, redesigned and reconstructed into this luxury backyard resort. The new fire pit provides the perfect spot for cool nights.

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Photo by: Aesthetic Gardens

Aesthetic Gardens

Another more permanent solution is the in-ground fire pit. While this might require a bit of renovation, it’s mostly a matter of choosing a spot, digging it out and replacing the stones or patio tiles once the fire pit is in. Like the table, the pit itself can be easily covered up when not in use.

Modern Fire Pit/Bench

Patio with Concrete Pavers and Fire Pit

Patio with Concrete Pavers and Fire Pit

A combination of uplighting and downlighting to highlight architectural and planting features along with a glowing fire pit creates a cosy, intimate effect in this patio design from Falling Waters Landscape featuring acid washed concrete pavers.

Photo by: Falling Waters Landscape Inc., www.fallingwaterslandscape.com

Falling Waters Landscape Inc., www.fallingwaterslandscape.com

If you have a more modern home, a concrete fire pit and bench is a perfect way to go. These can be easily customized to work in smaller spaces and can be hooked into already existing gas lines. If you use gravel in your yard already, you can incorporate the same gravel in your fire pit to pull the look together.

Built-In Fire Pit Seating

Contemporary Built-In Seating with Fire Pit, Pergola.

Contemporary Built-In Seating with Fire Pit, Pergola.

Built-in seating surrounds three sides of a modern fire pit, creating a cozy spot for relaxing and talking with friends. A pergola overhead defines the seating area and adds to its friendly, welcoming feel.

Photo by: Warwick P Hunt

Warwick P Hunt

If you already have a spot in your yard with built-in seating or benches, consider adding a fire pit as the perfect outdoor centerpiece. You can add pillows and blankets to make your space extra cozy. If you're looking to build an area like the one pictured, consider creating seating with built-in storage below the benches.

Fire Pit Built Into the Landscape

A Circular Stone Fire Pit With a Lake View

A Circular Stone Fire Pit With a Lake View

Architectural stone bridges connect to a circular patio with a wood-burning fire pit. The rough-hewn flagstone boulders are placed in an informal arrangement, complementing the natural feel of the native garden and vistas.

Photo by: Steve Glass

Steve Glass

If you have a heavily landscaped backyard, try an approach like the one pictured and create a fire pit that is seamlessly incorporated into your surroundings. This fire pit looks as if it's part of the natural landscape.

Fire Pit Lounge Space

Square Fire Pit in a Contemporary Outdoor Lounge

Square Fire Pit in a Contemporary Outdoor Lounge

In this contemporary exterior lounge at condo residence in Brazil, the designer used an ecological fire pit by Construflama. The negative edge pool blends with the landscape, and plants such as bamboo and trees offer privacy and maximize the view. The project by designer Alex Hanazaki won a 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects award.

Photo by: Beto Riginik and Yuri Seródio, ASLA

Beto Riginik and Yuri Seródio, ASLA

A truly luxe and comfy option is to create a fire pit as the centerpiece of your outdoor living room. In this type of set up, the fire pit is combined with an outdoor coffee table and surrounded by large outdoor couches. This is an amazing option for a larger space, like a vacation or lake home, where the whole family can enjoy it together.

Perimeter Fire Pit

Linear Fire Pit Parallel to Poolside Seating Area

Linear Fire Pit Parallel to Poolside Seating Area

This unique fire pit matches the home's modern style. The poolside fire pit has a dual purpose of providing warmth and an architectural element to the outdoor space.

Photo by: Siggi Ragnar

Siggi Ragnar

Another approach is to create a fire pit along the perimeter of your outdoor space. This is a great way to visually separate one space from another.

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