Adding an outdoor fire pit to your Houston backyard, patio, or rooftop terrace is a creative way to spruce up and elevate your outdoor living space. An outdoor fire pit makes an appealing center of attraction for your outdoor space and is a great focal point while relaxing in your yard or patio. While you can find several varieties of fire pits to choose from, discover our recommendations for different options when selecting the best Houston fire pits.
Fire pit styles
Depending on your needs for an outdoor fire pit and your backyard or patio decor, you can choose from various fire pit styles and fire stone, from a traditional round fire pit to a contemporary rectangular or square-shaped fire pit. The most common styles of Houston fire pits include:
Fire pit bowls
Fire pit bowls are reminiscent of the classic campfire shape and create optimum warmth with their deep bowl. You can move specific fire pit bowl types around because of their size and portability. This feature allows you to change the location of your outdoor fire pit space, making fire pit bowls flexible.
Fire tables come in round, rectangular or square shapes, adding an elegant and modern appearance to your outdoor living space. These fire pit options often have a ledge to set a cup or glass on, making fire tables ideal for entertaining. Usually, the manufacturer of fire tables gives them an insert for the fuel source, concealing the firebox while only exposing the fire table frame and flames.
Tabletop fire pits and bowls
If you have a small outdoor space, consider having a tabletop fire pit or chat height fire pit that takes up minimum space. These pint-sized fire pits create a warm ambiance while dining, similar to burning candles, but with a bit more warmth.
Consider adding a chiminea to your yard or patio if you’re looking for a rustic outdoor fire pit that uses minimal space. These terra-cotta fire pits have a distinct Mexican or Southwestern style, adding a charming look to your outdoor space. Because chimineas have a clay surface, they require special care to keep them from cracking or breaking.
Fire pit fuel types
Several of the above fire pit styles create warmth and ambiance from the following fuel sources:
Wood-burning fire pits bring warmth and a focal point to your outdoor space. The smell of wood smoke often reminds people of camping and fun outdoor activities. If you want a wood-burning fire pit, look for fire bowls with a deep hole to hold the wood. Chimineas are the ideal fire pit for burning wood. Keeping an ash or spark screen over the wood-burning fire pit can help reduce sparks from flying into the air and landing in unwanted areas.
Propane and natural gas
Many people appreciate the ease of using propane and natural gas fire pits. This fire pit style turns on with a flick of a switch and comes with controls to adjust the flame height and intensity. Many propane and natural gas fire pits have timers that can turn off after a set amount of time. People who don’t want to haul wood or clean up ashes enjoy propane and natural gas fire pits. In addition, authorities generally allow fire pits that use propane or natural gas in areas where they ban or restrict wood-burning devices.
If you have a small tabletop fire pit or bowl and want a smokeless experience, you can use alcohol-based gel fuel to create the ambiance of a backyard campfire. Gel fuel fire pits don’t need propane or natural gas lines or hookups, making them portable. You can move them around your outdoor space as needed.
To light the fuel, open gel fuel cans, place them inside your gel fuel fire pit, and light up the ceramic logs or stones. Once lit, the fuel generally lasts for about three hours. Gel fuel fire pits are an environmentally friendly alternative to propane, natural gas, or wood-burning fire pits.
Choose Houston Home & Patio for your outdoor oasis
Home and Patio is the premier place to get outdoor seating and furniture in the Houston, Texas, area, including gas operated outdoor fire pits, a variety of fire stones and glass, as well as a bevy of patio decor items. We can also repair your damaged sling furniture and recommend cleaning solutions for various outdoor furniture surfaces.
Call us today at 281-440-7667 or contact us through our website to learn more about our Houston Home and Patio services and schedule a consultation.