Firepit Fanatics


Firepits bring an instant sense of community to any outdoor area. Maybe its our primitive impulse to sit around an open flame and take refuge in it’s warmth and safety, or we may just seek an excuse to talk to each other instead of sitting around the TV. Whatever your motivation you can find a firepit to fit the needs of your backyard landscape as well as your families outdoor habits.

The easiest firepits to setup and install are portable types that come in many variations. But portable firepits are limited by the amount of fuel they can burn and require more maintenance during use. The other alternative is the built-in firepit which is fed by a natural-gas line. Not to be confused with outdoor fireplaces which are also great upgrades for patio areas, firepits allow people to gather on all sides and maintain face-to-face conversations which aid in the community feel. Open firepits also require no chimneys or flumes.

Our friend who lives in the ever-expanding city of Mesa, AZ, recently installed his own built-in firepit during a backyard landscaping renovation. He initially installed a dual-ring burner which he thought would provide the most flames but instead gave him a bunch of “bic lighters”. He then opted for one ring that kept the gas pressure up and allowed the flames to reach his ideal height.


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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Connie Warriner

    I could use this tool instead of larger single purpose tools, which have become unmanageable for me.

  • Spanish_Spain

    A bit like mobiles telepahones its now hard to imagine a world without IKEA

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  • Lara Bathurst

    It looks so simple and neat. You’ve only spent $1,400 for this? You’ve certainly picked pieces that are more than worth their value. I think it would look good if you install a transparent glass tile on the counter top’s wall. That would give it a classier look. Besides, you don’t have to worry about the tile backing. It looks good as it is.