Metal and Steel Fire Pits Options

Outfit your backyard with a stylish fire pit. Metal and steel fire pits blend durability with eye-catching good looks.

A metal fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs provides warmth alongside a beautiful view of a nearby lake.

Metal Fire Pit Surrounded by Adirondack Chairs

A metal fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs provides warmth alongside a beautiful view of a nearby lake.

Upgrade your outdoor living spaces with a stylish metal fire pit. Whether portable or permanent, metal or steel fire pits boast elegance and durability. You can find metal fire pits in every price range, from economical to high end custom-built creations. Learn about the different types of metal fire pits, from traditional copper and cast iron to sleek stainless steel.

As you select a site for your metal fire pit, remember that if the pit is freestanding, the container itself will heat each time you light a fire. Provide ample room to accommodate gathering around the fire pit without creating a safety hazard. Many metal fire pits come with a fire screen that surrounds flames to prevent sparks from flying. The screen absorbs and radiates heat, which can chase the chill on a cool evening.

Check with local codes to ensure you can have a fire pit in your yard. Acquire necessary permits or inspections before investing in a metal fire pit, especially if you’re aiming for a deck fire pit. A variety of metal fire pits is available. Your ultimate choice will likely depend on what your goals are and how much you have to invest.

Cast iron fire pits typically command a lower price and feature a variety of styles. Colors may include black, dark gray, and white, all of which can fade with weathering. You can restore color, though, with heat-resistant paint. Cast iron resists corrosion and is a terrific heat conductor, radiating heat to warm a patio. The weight of cast iron can be problematic with larger fire pits, but in windy areas, the weight can work in your favor, anchoring the fire pit.

Copper fire pits blend beauty and durability, resist corrosion, and radiate heat well enough to warm a small seating area. Copper is a soft metal, making it easy to form into bowl shapes, which is why you’ll find a variety of copper bowl fire pits on the market. Choose which is right for you based on design style, size, and included accessories. The price of copper varies, but it frequently runs toward the high end. Copper develops a weathered patina over time, but with a little elbow grease, you can restore the original luster.

Steel fire pits boast a lighter weight than iron ones, along with stronger weather resistance. The price usually falls between inexpensive cast iron and high-end copper. Many fire pits combine steel with other materials, such as slate, stone, tile, or other metals, for a custom, high-end look.

Painted steel is the most economical type of steel fire pit. Expect the finish to last about a year. You can restore the original look by applying heat-resistant paint.

With a naturally high melting point, stainless steel fire pits offer durability and a corrosion- and stain-resistant surface. Look for different finishes, from a polished shine to a brushed mill finish.

Rusted steel works well when you want a weathered look for your fire pit. The patina finish in only skin deep, so it doesn’t compromise the strength of the steel. But subsequent weathering will occur, which does shorten the lifespan of this type of steel fire pit.

The most durable steel fire pit finish you can get is powder coated steel. To create this finish, powdered paint is melted onto the steel to yield a chip-resistant coating. Color range includes various shades of black, brown, and red, along with custom hues. Cleaning this steel is easy; all you need is soap and water. Prices on powder coated steel run toward the high end.

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