The dif­fer­ent types of firepits for your back­yard oa­sis

Porterville Recorder - - HOME-GARDEN -

Out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas are pop­u­lar among home­own­ers, and firepits are one of the most sought-af­ter ad­di­tions to such spa­ces. In fact, a 2016 sur­vey from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Land­scape Ar­chi­tects found that fire­places and firepits were the most pop­u­lar out­door de­sign el­e­ment in 2016. Var­i­ous styles are avail­able to home­own­ers who want to add firepits to their back­yards, and choos­ing the right type may come down to bud­get, the amount of yard space avail­able or even per­sonal pref­er­ence.

• Wood firepit: As

their name sug­gests, wood firepits burn wood, which may ap­peal to home­own­ers who al­ready have wood-burn­ing fire­places in­side their homes. Be­cause they don’t re­quire home­own­ers to tap into gas lines, wood firepits are gen­er­ally easy to set up and in­stall, and many home­own­ers pre­fer the aes­thetic ap­peal of crack­ling wood and flames that’s syn­ony­mous with wood firepits.

• Gas firepit: Gas

firepits are touted for their con­ve­nience, as

they don’t re­quire home­own­ers to carry wood and build fires. Upon be­ing con­nected to a gas source, gas firepits pro­vide fire at the click of a switch. Gas firepits are also ap­pre­ci­ated for their safety, as there is lit­tle or no risk that flames from gas firepits will grow too large and be­come dif­fi­cult to con­trol.

• Gas fire ta­bles: Gas

fire ta­bles might be ideal for those home­own­ers whose sense of decor fa­vors more mod­ern looks.

Gas fire ta­bles come in

a va­ri­ety of shapes and sizes and, like gas firepits, there’s no need to strug­gle with light­ing a fire or car­ry­ing fire­wood.

• Table­top firepits: Home­own­ers,

con­do­minium or apart­ment dwellers with limited back­yard space may want to con­sider the con­ve­nience of table­top firepits. Restau­rants may use table­top firepits in their out­door seat­ing ar­eas be­cause they pro­vide warmth and am­biance with­out tak­ing up much space. Table­top firepits fu­eled by gas will not need to be con­nected to a gas source, which may ap­peal to con­sumers who want some­thing that’s sim­ple as well as small.

• Fire urns: While they

might not tech­ni­cally qual­ify as firepits, fire urns pro­vide a sim­i­lar ef­fect as firepits. Fire

urns are typ­i­cally gaspow­ered and may be an ideal choice for home­own­ers who are look­ing for a unique, awe-in­spir­ing fea­ture for their out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas.

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