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Choosing the Perfect Fire Pit for Your Backyard

One of the things we love about spending time outdoors is enjoying time with family and friends around a campfire. The ambiance a warm fire creates is cozy and inviting. Everyone is laughing and telling stories and hot dogs and s’mores are being cooked over the flames. It’s a relaxing atmosphere; one that everyone can enjoy.

These days you don’t have to trek out to the woods or a campground in order to have a campfire, you can have one in your own backyard. Fire pits are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. They not only add convenience but provide a way to enjoy longer periods of time in the outdoors during cooler weather. After deciding you would like to place a fire pit in your backyard, you’ll want to determine whether you’ll want a permanent or portable fire pit.

Custom fire pit with wooden chair
Sunken wood burning fire pit design by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Portable or Permanent?

Portable fire pits can be moved to any location you choose and can be removed from your backyard completely if you find yourself needing more space. While having the ability to move your fire pit around may be quite convenient, pay attention to the size or style before you make a purchase. Many are quite large and heavy, making it difficult to move them from one location to another.

Custom portable fire pit
Portable fire pit

A permanent fire pit can be built to your specifications. Often people will integrate it into the design of their outdoor living space, creating decorative landscape features or beautiful focal points. The design can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. Many homeowners choose to place their fire pit in a corner or along the edge of their patio, allowing them to keep the area open and functional.

Custom square fire pit
Custom, permanent square gas burning fire pit design by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Wood Burning or Gas?

Both portable and permanent fire pits offer the option to use gas or wood for your fire. Gas provides a convenient way to manage your fire, allowing it to light instantly. You can also turn off the fire when you’re ready to go in without having to wait for the fire to die down and embers to cool. However, gas can be a bit costly and may not provide the size and warmth of a wood-burning flame.

Custom fire pit with glass
Gas fire pit with fire glass by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Using wood for your fire pit, with the crackling sound and smoky scent provides that authentic campfire atmosphere. Wood is inexpensive and provides large, warm flames – which warm a larger space. However, wood can take longer to light and you’ll want to stay outside until the fire has gone out and the embers have cooled.

Custom circle fire pit
Wood burning fire pit by Archadeck of Chicagoland

A Creative Option

A gas equipped fire pit can be supplied with lava rocks or glowing glass fire rocks. Glowing glass comes in a variety of colors and creates a unique show for your family and guests.

Custom fire pit with fire glass
Beautiful fire pit design with blue fire glass by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Take some time to consider what options are best for you and your lifestyle. Which takes precedence – convenience, cost-effectiveness, versatility? For years to come, your fire pit can help create many delightful memories. Let your imagination run free. Create the space of your dreams and enjoy your backyard to the fullest.

If you are ready to discuss options for adding a fire pit to your backyard, Archadeck of Chicagoland is here for you! Design options are customizable and virtually endless! Sign up for a free design consultation or call Archadeck of Chicagoland at (847) 250-4100 to speak with a design consultant and begin creating your new dream space.