Fire pits are a very popular outdoor decoration that can serve as the centerpiece for any outdoor get-together. Cool nights just scream for a crackling fire to sit around, sip a little wine and let the stress of the day float away. There are a lot of choices when it comes to putting in a fire pit, so let this article help you make some choices when it comes to your new backyard feature.
There are pre-built fire pits that come in a variety of shapes from traditional round fire pits to a chiminea. These can be clay, cast iron, and cast aluminum. Each of the materials offer pros and cons. Clay can look excellent in a backyard, but is rather breakable. Cast iron is very durable, but very heavy when it comes to moving. This means that once it is put down it might not be able to be moved. Cast aluminum is also pretty durable, and a lighter material.
There are also fire pit kits that are built more like an outdoor oven or round fireplace. These are often put together with bricks and mortar. Some experts put a metal ring into the inside of the brick structure. Several modular kits are available that can make this a great weekend DIY project. They come with instructions, all the bricks and other materials that are needed to put this together. These can be built with regular bricks or with bricks that are specially made to deal with fire. Those specialty bricks will last longer, but are more expensive than their counterparts.
Ultimately, what you decide to put in your backyard will be up to you. Just be sure that no matter what material or type of fire pit you go with, that you are paying attention to having an open flame in your backyard. Safety should come first, so that it can be enjoyed without worry.