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Do You Need A Gas Fire Pit?

The idea of having a fire pit in your yard is appealing – staying around a warm fire on cooler nights is fun as well as giving warmth, but there is an amount of work to be done before you can enjoy your wood fuelled outdoor fireplace, gathering the timber, laying the fire, maintaining the fire and then there is the cleaning up afterwards – too much work for some of us! So the idea of avoiding all of that is quite appealing and that’s where gas fire pits come into the picture. A gas fire pit allows you to enjoy all of the positive aspects of an outdoor fire but avoids all the work involved – sounds good to me!

A outside of a gas fire pit can look exactly the same as a traditional fire pit. If you were buying one new you would have the same choices of materials for the exterior such as stone, copper, steel, bricks, tiles etc and even the same color choices.  The difference is inside the bowl- where there is a gas burner covered with non combustible material such as glass or lava rock . There are two types of gas fire pit natural gas or the propane fire pit. Both are piped to the burner, although natural gas may well be installed in your house whereas propane may come in a bottle. Natural gas is usually more expensive than propane. There is usually a choice of manual or electronic ignition to consider and remote controls are available with the electronic ignition to allow you to start you fire without even moving!

The thing that makes the most difference visually is the type of non combustible material you choose to place over the burner. It will affect how the fire pit looks when there is no fire and how the flames look around it. You can choose the traditional log effect perhaps with lava rock to suit a natural fire pit. Or consider using ceramic stones with lava rocks or log effects on top. One of the most stunning visually effects is the use of fire pit glass on a propane fire pit. Fire pit glass is specially tempered to allow it to withstand the temperature without blackening as regular glass would do. Then there is the choice of colors- there are so many colors available and the glass is also available in different sizes to vary the effect. Why stop at one color? You can mix colors together or arrange colors separately around the fire pit. How your fire place looks can be uniquely yours.  Fire pit glass is not cheap, at around $5-7 a pound when you may need 80lbs makes for an expensive filler, but you can cheat and put the cheaper lava rock underneath a top layer of glass. Glass has another advantage in that you can change your effect by changing the glass color and easily wash the glass to restore it to its gleaming clean look.

Whilst it may not be cheap to change or add a gas fire pit the effect will certainly be stunning and so easy to achieve.

What Kind Of Barstools Are Best?

Why would you want barstools? Well I think that I need barstools to go with my outdoor bar. It’s much easier to prop up the bar with a stool to sit on – don’t you think. When considering outdoor bar furniture it is important to work out exactly what kind of furniture will best suit your entertaining. Are you the hang around the bar kind of host, where all your guests just love to come and hang with you. Or are you the kind that likes to serve your guests and then retire to comfortable seating to sit and chat.

As I am the hang around the bar kind of guy and just love to have my guests hang with me, so I’m looking for some comfortable barstools and there are quite a number of options to consider. I could use wood barstools or backless barstools or even modern ones. Do I want black barstools or another color to match the rest of the outdoor patio furniture? I also need to think about whether cheap barstools will do? I actually think that I would prefer to have sturdy stools , having them collapse with my mates would be a bit embarrassing!

For strength I think wood is the way to go, but not cheap wood, good quality strong timber will make lovely stools to match my bar. Wood barstools come in many different shades and tones. I would tend to go with a natural color so that any fading due to exposure to the sun is limited.

A barstool is basically a high seat; it can have three or four legs and may or may not have a back. I think a back is important so I would consider that support essential. A stool can also have a swivel seat, footrest and some come with arms. For my patio I don’t think a swivel is necessary, but if you have limited space or just like to sensation of turning around on your stool then you should have one!

My last and biggest consideration is how many barstools do I need? It’s got to be enough to allow my best guests to sit with me, but not too many to overcrowd the bar area. AaaH decisions, decisions!

Do You Need A Fire Pit In Your Patio?

I am sure you are very pleased with your patio or yard area. It has the best outdoor patio furniture and accessories, but is it complete? Do you have a fire pit?  I think that even the best dressed outdoor patio area would benefit from the addition of a fire. Outdoor fire pits and the element of danger and the mesmerizing effects of fire. Oh and they can mean you spend more time on your patio or yard, especially as the nights grow cooler. A fire will add atmosphere and warmth and on some you can cook too.

Fire Pit A definition

A fire that is contained in some way, by a hole in the ground or a bowl or any other kind of heatproof container. The basic  pit has been around for many years and is basically a hole dug in the ground in which the fire is laid. Today there are more ornamental kinds to be found, such as Roman Fire Pits, Mexican chiminea, any type of outdoor ovens, and any other kind of fire container.

Roman Fire Pits

This kind of fire pit is great for smaller spaces or places where a built in fireplace would be inappropriate. this kind of pit is more portable than others portable. All your guests can gather around the fire to make the most of the heat or toast marshmallows on! The basic design is a large dish held up by a frame or pedestal for support. The support can be fancy metal legs or another form of heatproof material. Inside the bowl, resting on the sides will be a grill, for laying the fire. The ash collects in the bowl. The fire often needs the air to flow underneath the fire in order for the fire to burn well. These are traditionally wood fueled fired, but it is also possibly to get outdoor fireplace kits and convert them to propane fueled fires.  There are some very cool propane fire pits about.Check with a local supplier what is possible and who is allowed to do it.  There are a number of fire pit accessories to be found, these include fire pit covers to protect your pit when it is not in use.

Outdoor Fire Pits

The basic pit has developed from a hole in the ground to a hole surrounded by bricks to fully built up raised pits with a dish similar to the Roman pits. These styles are endless different bricks produce different styles, the heights of the pit can vary, the depth of the bowl. How a large a fire pit do you need, will you have seats built around the pit in a similar style? Also traditionally fueled by wood, many of the modern fire pits are gas fueled and can be converted using outdoor fireplace conversion kits. You can easily have your own outdoor gas fire pit.


Also called chimenea of chimera. This is a form of indoor oven that has become popular as an outdoor patio heater in modern backyards. There are many styles of chiminea from traditional clay to modern iron ones. They are wood fueled and the smoke comes out the chimney. One of the big advantages of these is that if you get a version with a door you can use it as on oven and cook on it.

Other Fire Containers

Modern metal designs for fire pits are growing popularity, especially containers that feature ornamental designs around the edge of animals. The fire light plays through these holes and can produce amazing effects. Though often metal boxes are used and some people have been creative and made their own pits from the likes of wash tubs.

Which type Are you?

Which type of outdoor fire pit appeals to you most. Are you a stylish individual who like the concept a Roman pit, or would you prefer a rustic outdoor fire pit, or are you a daredevil always on the look out for something different and would  like a great bowl of fire.

Whatever  fire appeals to you  always remember that fires are dangerous and that children should be carefully watched near fires and animals kept away. Always have a fire extinguisher to hand when you have a fire.