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Backyard Firepits – How to Choose Your Perfect Firepit


It’s little wonder backyard firepits for your home have become so popular over the last few years. Aesthetically appealing, fun, practical and with enough options to fit any taste or budget, firepits are quickly becoming a backyard staple. If you’re considering a backyard firepit, here are some things to think about:

Backyard Firepits - Farmside Landscape and Design, New Jersey New YorkYard Size
Consider the amount of space you have. Firepits typically range in size from 20” – 25” inches in diameter for small portable models. These usually consist of a fire bowl that can be made of copper or tile. Firepit tables can be from 40”- 45” and are usually square, resembling a low table made of stone or stainless steel.

Whether you consider a smaller portable unit or larger stationary one, remember to keep them away from the exterior walls of your home and be careful if you have a wood deck. Ideally you want your firepit on a non-flammable surface such as stone, concrete or tile.

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Types of Fuel
Backyard firepits are designed to use either wood, gas, propane or gel fuel. There are advantages and disadvantages for each, depending upon the type of firepit you choose and how you will be using it. For instance, if you’re planning on using your firepit for grilling, wood imparts a delicious flavor to foods that other fuel types don’t. It’s also less expensive and you won’t have to worry about running out of fuel in the middle of a cookout. If you see your firepit as a gathering place for friends and family, clean burning gas, propane or gel may make more sense.

Backyard Firepit - Farmside Landscape and DesignIntended Use
A small, portable firepit may be just perfect for you if you have limited space, desire portability,  and/or plan to use it only during the warmer weather or infrequently. If you have the space and want to incorporate a firepit into you overall exterior landscape design, a firepit table may be what you’re looking for. They’re designed for outdoor gatherings, and function as an outdoor table with ledges for you and your guests to rest plates and glasses.

Give us a call if you’re considering a firepit – we can work with you to help create an outdoor space with the firepit of your choice that’s warm, beautiful and inviting.