Fire pit designs can be as simple as a fireproof bowl, or they can be elaborate gas-fired pits with built-in seating. Just as the designs vary, fire pit installation can take as little as a few hours, or it can take much longer if elaborate hardscaping is part of the fire pit plan. Fire pit seating can be part of the hardscape or it can be patio furniture pulled up around the fire pit.
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Round fire pit designs give the fire pit installation a classic campfire look. With fire pit seating around the fire, guests are able to easily engage in conversation. The larger the round fire pit, the more guests you can fit around it. Precast fireproof bowls and metal bowls are available to build this kind of fire pit. If the fire pit is a raised design, stacked stones or brick often make up the exterior of a round fire pit installation. Round fire pits operate with either wood or gas. With gas fire pits, different materials provide different colour flames. Lava rock and coloured glass are two common fire pit materials that can give a fire pit an interesting appearance while it’s in operation, as well as when it’s not.
Square or rectangular fire pits tend to be less conducive to conversations. If space doesn’t allow for seating all the way around the fire pit, a square or rectangular pit may be the better design choice. It may be harder to find premade fire-pit bowls for an angular fire pit, but making one from fireproof concrete is an option. While this type of fire pit may be set in the ground, it’s typically set about 12 inches above the surface. This height may serve as additional garden seating when the fire pit is not in use, and when it’s operating guests may warm their feet along its edges.
Fire hearth designs are useful when the fire pit needs to be up against a solid wall. By making the fire pit open only on one side and extending a wall up the back side, the fire pit can take on the appearance of a fireplace without the necessity of worrying about whether the flue draws air properly. If prevailing winds present a problem for an open fire pit’s operation, the wall of a fire hearth provides some protection for both guests and the fire itself. A fire hearth may also serve as a privacy screen. Decorations on a fire hearth can be simple or they may be elaborate.
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