As fall approaches, the days grow shorter and the air gets chilly, there's nothing quite like gathering around a crackling fire. In our experience, fire pits can serve as a focal point for social gatherings unlike any other. They help warm spirits and create lasting memories.
In fact, anthropological research suggests that gathering around a fire offers benefits beyond just warmth and relaxation. One study out of the University of Alabama concluded that sitting around a fire may even reduce blood pressure.
We here at Rustic Kitchen and Bath can’t comment on any health benefits, but we know a quality fire pit is an easy way to upgrade your outdoor area and create a space perfect for spending time with friends and family or unwinding by yourself. And most importantly, fire pits aren't just for the colder months, but are great for year-round use too.
Whether you're on the hunt for your first fire pit or seeking a replacement, we’ll cover fire pits in a range of styles and sizes to help you discover the perfect addition to your yard. If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a fire year-round, keep reading as we dive into the world of fire pits!
What is a Fire Pit?
A fire pit is a contained structure designed to safely house an open flame. Fire pits can be as simple as a hole dug in the ground, or as complex as a gas-burning structure made of stone, brick, and metal. Humans have been using fire pits for thousands of years for many reasons, including cooking, warmth, and protection.
Today, fire pits are popular for many of the same reasons. They are a great way to cook food outdoors, and they can provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for social gatherings. This makes fire pits a versatile and captivating addition to any outdoor space.
What to Consider When Buying a Fire Pit
When considering the purchase of a fire pit, there are several important factors to keep in mind. We recommend taking these key considerations into account when shopping:
- Ignition: Choose a fire pit that offers hassle-free ignition. Some models come with built-in ignition, while others rely on wood or charcoal.
- Cleaning: Maintenance is crucial. Opt for a fire pit that is easy to clean. Look for features that simplify ash storage, removal, and cleaning.
- Accessories: The right accessories tailor your fire pit to your needs. Some accessory options we recommend are:
- Cooking Accessories: Some fire pits are available with cooking grates or attachments, allowing you to grill or cook over an open flame.
- Covers: Weatherproof covers protect your fire pit from the elements when not in use.
- Fuel Storage: Having a designated space to store firewood or fuel safely nearby is convenient for keeping the flames alive.
Can You Cook on a Fire Pit?
Yes, you can absolutely cook on a fire pit! Just make sure the fire pit you choose is approved for cooking. From the humble roasted marshmallow to a fire-cooked feast, fire pits offer a unique and rustic cooking experience. Some of our favorites include:
- Grilling: Many fire pits come with grilling grates, perfect for cooking burgers, steaks, kebabs, and vegetables. The open flame adds a smoky flavor that's hard to replicate with traditional grills.
- Dutch Oven Cooking: A cast-iron Dutch oven can be placed directly on the coals or suspended over the fire using a tripod. You can prepare stews, soups, and even bake bread with this method.
- Skewer and Rotisserie Cooking: Skewers and rotisserie attachments can be used to roast marshmallows, hot dogs, or larger cuts of meat like chicken or turkey.
- Pizza Stones: Fire pit pizza is a crowd-pleaser. Use a pizza stone to create wood-fired pizzas with a crisp, smoky crust.
- Cast Iron Skillets: Skillets can be placed on a grill grate or directly on the coals for searing steaks, sautéing vegetables, or making breakfast.
The Best Fire Pits for Year-Round Enjoyment
The Solo Stove 19.5 in. Bonfire Series Smokeless Firepit is a game-changer for outdoor enthusiasts and backyard gatherings. The smokeless design sets it apart and allows you to fully enjoy the benefits of a campfire without the smoke.
This fire pit comes with a convenient carry case, making it easy to transport and perfect for camping trips or gatherings. It’s ready to use right out of the box, but accessories like the Cast Iron Grill Top add to the fun. This smokeless fire pit will quickly become the centerpiece of any evening gathering, fostering a memorable and intimate atmosphere.
The Danya B. Outdoor Rectangular Wood Burning Faux Stone Fire Pit is an ideal choice for entertaining guests. Its sleek and minimalist design creates a captivating focal point even when not in use. Danya B included a removable metal fire basket to make cleaning easy, while the built-in faux stone console doubles as a place to store firewood.
It's important to note that this fire pit is designed for warmth and atmosphere, not for food preparation. Enjoy warmth and atmosphere with this wood-burning fire pit perfect for memorable gatherings under the stars.
If you plan on using your fire pit primarily for cooking, look no further than the USA-made Arteflame One Series 20 in. Grill. Its innovative design places the fire at the grill's center, allowing for even and precise heating from the inside out. This unique feature enables you to cook various foods at different temperatures simultaneously, making it a true culinary marvel.
Plus, the inclusion of a seasoning puck ensures you're ready to savor grilled delights right from the start. When not in use for grilling, it effortlessly transforms into a mesmerizing fire bowl and can be used with both wood and charcoal
We love all of Cowboy Cauldron’s suspended fire pits but chose to highlight their 24in. "THE DUDE" Fire Pit because of its versatility. Despite its compact size, THE DUDE offers a world of possibilities with segmented legs that make it easily transportable. This means you can pack THE DUDE up and enjoy the warmth and charm of a real suspended fire on the beach, ski hill, or summer home with ease.
On top of all this, the adjustable basin height means you can use it as a fire pit, grill, or even as a giant cooking pot for dishes like stews and crawdad boils.
The Danya B Square Tabletop Smokeless Fireplace with Clear Glass Panels is designed to be placed virtually anywhere thanks to an extra-compact 7.5-inch size. This innovative fire pit utilizes a bio-ethanol fuel system to completely eliminate smoke while the clear glass panels provide a captivating view of the dancing flames.
With all the necessary hardware and a convenient fire snuffer included, the Danya B Square Tabletop Smokeless Fireplace offers a hassle-free way to add the allure of an open flame anywhere you like.
Ignite Your Passion for Outdoor Living
Fire pits have evolved from survival tools to simple backyard fixtures to versatile outdoor cooking and gathering spaces. When purchasing a fire pit, prioritize factors like ease of ignition, and cleaning, and consider adding accessories to tailor your experience. And remember, cooking on a fire pit opens up a world of culinary possibilities that are sure to delight family and friends alike.
Thank you for reading our guide to fire pits, we hope you have found it helpful and informative. If you’re ready to ignite your passion for outdoor living with a fire pit that suits your style and needs, call us at 1 (866) 212-9706 or book a consultation with one of our fire pit experts!
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