Light Up Your Night Life

Here we go Fire Pit Fans – 75 Backyard Fire Pits for inspiration. Take a ‘night out’ in your own backyard with your fire pit the main attraction. All the trendy landscape lighting in the world can’t compete with the flickering blaze and magnetic appeal of a fire pit. They become the centerpiece of small urban yards . . . . or a backyard masterpiece sprawled out with bench seats for a mob. Get ready for Fire Pit Overload . . .

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Gather a crowd around the fire pit  . . . it’s official: Gas Fire Pits Rule Out Wood Burning Fire Pits

 – Pros: Lighting the fire in a gas fire pit is as easy as turning a key, which means, you’ll use it more often. Gas fire pits can also be installed where wood fire pits can’t squeeze in. Cons: Installation costs a wee bit more and must connect to an underground natural gas line.

Backyards (heavy sigh), mans’ home outside his home. Individual to each of us with creature comforts we bask in. Enjoy these easy to warm-up-to fire pits of all kinds. Notice the outdoor living setting and how each homeowner styled their space. Can you say, get your cozy on?

blog imageWood Burning Fire Pits Are Simply the Best

Who cares if gas burning fire pits out-shine wood burning contenders . . . Ya just can’t beat wood burning fires.  Last weeks’ blog on Outdoor Fireplaces emphasizes the tantalizing draw of human to flame.  Many stubbornly believe, wood burning fire pits are simply the best.

  Pros: Wood-burning fire pits get extra hot when you need it – you control the temp. The ambiance is somehow better with all the snap-crackle-pop and hot-dogs & marshmallows love the flames too!  Cons: Wood fires contribute to air pollution. Sparks flying out of the pit can hurt – a protective screen can help minimize this risk. Wood storage is necessary and a bit of manual labor is involved stoking the fire. But man up, it’s a breeze! Actually, many love to be the fire-masters.

Modern Looks & Corten Fire Bowls

Not all fire pits are created equal. Yes, lighting up a fire pit is a natural way to create a focal point in your landscape, however,  shapes, styles and materials are up to you.  You can be classically cool or unabashedly, genuinely different.

Here are a few looks that follow their own path . . .


blog photoA fire pit is an outdoor feature you can use year-round. Difficult to find a backyard feature as versatile as the fire pit. In the summer, after a dip in the pool, warm up around the fire. While doing that grab a stick and roast a hot-dog or smore. In fall and winter, wrap yourself in a thick blanket, grab a beverage and play  games or tell stories while gathered with friends around the cozy blaze.

A fire pit creates a cozy atmosphere for two. Fire pits are good for parties . . . And . . . dates nights for two.  Sip a glass of vino from your outdoor bar listening to music beside the fire pit. Whoops, maybe for awhile . . . here come the kids, remember the lure of a fire.

A fire pit may help you sell your home. According to a recent Houzz survey, fire pits are among the three most popular backyard additions by renovating homeowners. In other words, fire pits are hot. Having an attractive and well-maintained fire pit in your yard could give your home an edge if you decide to sell.



Speaking about Landscape Renovations . . . Let’s hear from the Outdoor Living Guy

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Until next time . . . Get Outside Portland!

Kim Thibodeau, Exterior Design Services

Landscape Blogger, See you around the Fire Pit


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