How to Find the Best Outdoor Fire Pit for Your Patio

Posted By: admin on 7 May, 2019

As it gets close to summer and the days begin to get longer giving you the perfect opportunity to sit outside after a busy day and unwind. The evenings can still get a bit chilly even though spring is now upon us. Wondering how to decorate your backyard in a place like Mississauga with outdoor furniture? Why not look for some outdoor fire feature to go with your garden furniture? Toronto, Mississauga, or whichever place in Canada you live in, you can create some really cool backyard landscaping retreat with these compact appliances.  All you need to do is just pick the suitable style, and you are set to enjoy the chilly evenings.

Different Factors for Choosing the Right Fire Pit

Fire pits are one of the top most interesting ways to transform your backyard. They are definitely more cost-effective than the portable heaters you come across on the sidewalk restaurants in Toronto or Mississauga. A backyard fire pit will not only provide light and warmth, but it is mobile and easy-to-clean. This appliance is very easily installed and is the perfect combination of a portable grill and an outdoor fireplace.

But before you jump in at the first product that catches your attention, maybe a little research will be helpful.

Here’s what you need to know.

Square fire pits for patios
Bowl fire pits for patios

There are various styles of fire pits available, with the most popular ones being the pits that come with a fire bowl and the square versions that look like low tables. If movability is your biggest concern, then choose the bowl style. Square or rectangular pits, like the Fire Pit 29 Provence with gold o diamond frame finish, is more apt for a spacious backyard where you can plan a warm gathering.  This classic addition to your backyard, comes in so many shapes and sizes, that you will be spoilt for choices.

Dimensions

On an average, the size of a fire pit can range within 20 to 45 inches in diameter, with the small ones being in the 20 to 25 inches range, and the large ones extending up to even 50 inches, for instance, the 50” Natural Gas Monaco Chat fire pit. While the large ones are great for organizing occasions and having a large number of guests over, it is the smaller ones that are most popular. This is due to the fact, that they come with a bowl, making them a perfect option for small patios.

Fuel Type

Depending on the fuel used, you will generally find 4 types of fire pits in the market.

1. Wood Burning Fire Pits

Wood burning fire pits for patios

This is the most popular type of fire pit there is, and comes in a variety of sizes and materials, from marble to steel. They can be decorated with cut-outs, making them the perfect addition for various occasions, such as a game day. You can celebrate with the logo of your favourite team or accentuate your décor with a more subtle design- the choice is yours. The best part about these pits is that there is no hassle when it comes to placing them, and you can put them anywhere in your backyard.

2. Gel Fuel Fire Pits

Gel fuel fire pits for patios

These fire pits are another great addition to your patio, and thanks to their gel fuel, you can expect some clean burning without any fume or burnt smell of wood. These pits do not provide as much heat as the other options on the list, but they are definitely very versatile and easy to handle. Replacing a gel fuel canister is all you need to do when it is time for a refill. Igniting them is even easier- just light it up with a gas grill lighter. Another benefit of this pit is that the flame puts itself out once the fuel is burnt.

3. Propane Fire Pits

Propane fire pits for patios

The ultimate option when you are looking for an outdoor firepit to complement the surrounding furniture of your patio, propane pits do not require wood or a refilling gel. They work as the perfect centrepieces of the room, with the igniting switch placed under the fire pit, along with the propane tank, making it really easy to light them up. To extinguish the fire, just turn off the propane supply. You can find the 20-pound propane tanks required for these pits, at any common grocery store.

4. Natural Gas Fire Pits

Natural gas fire pits for patios

Consider this option only if you have the option for a natural gas installation in your patio or deck. These pits are similar to the propane ones, but the natural gas fire pit needs a fixed gas line connection to work. This way, you never have to worry of the pit ever running out of gas, but this option makes them the least portable fire feature available.

The Material

When it comes to fire pits, the variety in the material can range from stone and tile to steel and copper. The price varies depending on the material of your choice, and higher-end materials naturally tend to be more expensive. Usually, the preferred material for making these pits include, stone, brick, concrete, aluminium, and cast iron, since they can withstand a high amount of heat and are resistant to rust.

The material is also chosen based on the size of the pit, for example, the heavier stone is used for making the larger pits. Cast iron is another heavy option, but a more durable one.

While copper is susceptible to staining, cast aluminium and stainless steel can be considered the best options.

Wood-Burning Laws

Decorating with fire has its own hazards and you must learn about the rules and regulations before installing a fire pit in your backyard, for the safety of your neighbours and yourself. Only last year on October 1st, the government has issued a new bylaw for fireplaces that burn solid fuels for the residents of Montreal. However, in Mississauga, open-air burning is still permitted by law, as long as you abide by the Air Burning By-Law 140-18.

Safety Precautions

Recreational fires can be beautiful and entertaining, but it is still dangerous. Reviewing safety practices and making all the household members aware of the rules is necessary. Also, never leave the children unattended beside the fire. Remember, a little precaution goes a long way. When having a fire pit in your home, do not forget to keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

The fire pit is the perfect addition to your backyard, that complements your garden furniture. In Toronto, you will find many providers of these fine products. Just make sure that you obtain them from reputed backyard specialists, for guaranteed quality.

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