Wood Burning Fire Pits Offer Affordable Backyard Fun

Enjoying the warmth and glow of a flickering fire in the great outdoors is no longer confined to the campground or beach. These days, there is a huge assortment of wood burning fire pits available that are sturdy and safe, yet convenient enough to set up anywhere in your backyard, on the patio or the deck.

A wood burning fire pit is typically made of heavy gauge metal so as to be able to withstand the heat of the fire, but there are all sorts of decorative finishes available that make them a lovely accent to your outdoor decor. They come in sizes ranging from just over 20 inches all the way up to 45 inches. The smaller units are perfect for a tabletop fire that you can enjoy at eye level. Other units sit on the patio or deck on sturdy legs that give them support and help to protect the surface below. They also have a screened cover that helps to contain any sparks and flying embers so you don’t have to worry about damage.

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You can pick up a perfect lovely fire pit for just under $100, although the more decorative, larger ones can cost up to $200. Still, this is very affordable for something that you’re going to get a lot of use from, not just in the summer but year round.

If your locale prohibits the burning of wood, don’t despair. You can still enjoy a portable fire pit that’s fueled by propane or natural gas. These are actually a lot more convenient because they’re so simple to start, and quick to turn off when it’s time to go back inside.

You’ll need to pay attention to a few safety rules before operating a fire pit. Be sure to read the instructions included along with the product. Never leave the fire burning unattended, and keep a close eye on children and pets in the vicinity of the fire.

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