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6 Fire Pits That Will Upgrade Your Backyard

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Fire pits are undoubtedly the most primal of outdoor design elements. But just because it sounds simple doesn't mean you shouldn't keep a few things in mind before purchasing one.

The first thing you need to decide when installing a fire pit is whether this will be a permanent fixture or if you want to take it with you to your next home. And yes, as Drew Magary discovered when renovating his home, permanent fire pits can be expensive.

"If it's staying in one place," says Lauren Geremia, "I always suggest purchasing something substantial, made of concrete or tile, that can double as a bench or footrest. It's best when the fire pit can be integrated into the rest of the design."

It sounds obvious, but make sure you choose a fire pit sturdy enough not to topple over, advises Russel Groves, of Groves & Co. "Built-in fire pits that merge seamlessly into a patio or outdoor entertaining space are particularly attractive, and they look just as great when not in use," he says.

And, it shouldn't need to be said, but check your local fire codes to see if fire pits are allowed in your area, or on your roof deck or patio.

Improve with Age

"Choose a fire pit made out of high-quality materials that will patina well with time," adds Geremia. "Durability is important because you will want something that will look great even if it is used often."

Old-fashioned or Modern

"Do you want to haul wood or charcoal to your fire pit," asks Kati Curtis. "Or need something simple, like one that's powered with bio-fuel?"

Logistics

If you choose one that requires wood or charcoal, how, exactly, are you going to get those materials? Purchasing something cheap just to "do the job" instead of considering the rest of the environment around it is one of the biggest mistakes Curtis sees people make when purchasing a fire pit.

Affordable and Modern

This sleek disc of black iron from CB2 looks just as great under the stars as it does outside the condo.

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Portable and Urban

"I love EcoSmart's MIX firebowls," says Curtis. "They're great for our city projects where portability and smaller sizes are needed."

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Scandinavian-Inspired

Give your campfire an upgrade thanks to this steel fire basket from a small town on the Baltic coast. (Be sure to order the metal plate to protect your deck or patio.)

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Cool and Versatile

"I am a huge fan of EcoSmart's Stix, thanks to its award-winning design and versatility," says Curtis.

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Nautical and Eco-friendly

"I love Brown Jordan's loop firepit and prefer the bioethanol version for its environmental impact and efficiency," says Curtis. "The rope detail gives it a slightly nautical feel, which is perfect for our Hamptons projects."

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Dramatic and Substantial

If you have the space and the budget, consider a Tinder Fire Table. Hand-cast in Oakland, CA from fiber-reinforced concrete, this doubles as a table if you purchase the infill cover.

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