Choosing the Perfect Fire Pit for Your Outdoor Space

Choosing the Perfect Fire Pit for Your Outdoor Space

April 16, 2024


There's nothing like the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire on a cool night, and a well-chosen fire pit can transform your outdoor space into a cozy retreat or the perfect gathering spot for a get together.   

Fire tables, cauldrons, hemisphere – with so many types of fire pits on the market, selecting the right one for your space can be a daunting task. In this guide, we'll explore different options and help you decide which one will best fit your needs and your space. 

Things to Consider When Choosing the Perfect Fire Pit for Your Space 

Check Safety Laws and Regulations  

You may be wondering where to start when it comes to choosing the right fire pit for your space. As always, safety is a great place to start and may even narrow your options depending on your space, your climate, and your local laws.   

Many places have specific guidelines about the use of open flames, including the distance of your outdoor fire pit from other structures, the use of spark screens, and the fuel sources that are allowed in your area. This information will come in handy when choosing between gas fire pits, wood fire pits, and smokeless fire pits. 

Be sure to research your local laws and regulations and obtain any necessary permits before installing a fire pit to ensure a safe experience and to avoid having to undo all your hard work.  

Consider How Much Space You Have  

The size of your space plays a crucial role in choosing an outdoor fire pit and where to put it. As we mentioned above, many places have local laws on where you can place a fire pit, and this includes how far your fire pit is from surrounding structures. This includes your house, sheds, seating areas, landscaping features, and even patio awnings.  

If you’re working with a larger space, this may not affect you much – but if your space is on the smaller side you may need to consider a smaller fire pit placed more towards the center of your space to keep things safe.   

As you’ll see below, not all fire pits are the same and choosing the right fire pit can make or break your outdoor space.

Choosing an Outdoor Fire Pit for Your Space

Classic Fire Pits:

Perhaps the most versatile fire pit, this classic design is a timeless choice that suits various outdoor settings. Often made with durable materials like steel or stone, you still have some choice when it comes to the look of your fire pit without sacrificing portability and ease of use.  

With a straightforward design, it’s quick and easy to set up – and with its smaller size it can be moved out of the way when not in use. This design is truly versatile and can be placed in an open area or a cozy corner in smaller outdoor spaces – but works equally well in both spacious and smaller backyards.   

Cauldron Fire Pits:  

For those seeking a touch of rustic charm, cauldron fire pits are an excellent choice. These unique fire pits are often elevated on legs or a sturdy stand and often feature a hanging design for a distinct and eye-catching look. Cauldron fire pits work well in larger spaces where their design can take center stage but are still portable enough to be moved to a different area if needed.   

Fire Rings:  

Typically made of steel or stone, fire rings offer a contained area for the fire, making them a safe choice for those looking for a cost-effective way to keep warm on chilly nights. These fire pits can be placed anywhere as long as safety guidelines are followed. And they’re often portable, allowing for flexibility in placement, easy storage when not in use, and even the option of bringing them along on camping trips in a pinch.  

Portable Fire Pits: 

If you’re looking for a fire pit specifically to take on the go, a portable fire pit might be your best bet. There are even fire pits specifically designed for camping like this one – the perfect source of warmth and a cooking spot all rolled into one convenient fire pit. These are ideal if you only plan to use your fire pit on camping trips or for special occasions and you don’t want to invest a lot of time or energy into setting your fire pit up.  

In-Ground Fire Pits:  

Your fire pit can be a part of and even influence the way your space is laid out. If you're looking for an elegant and seamless integration of fire into your landscape, an in-ground fire pit might be perfect for you. These pits are built by placing a fire pit liner like this one into the ground, adding an inflammable base like gravel, then lining with stones. This style maintains a more natural appearance that won’t disrupt the view of your yard. They're also excellent for larger yards if you want to create a designated gathering area without blocking off parts of your yard with fences or other structures.   

Fire Pit Tables:  

A fire table combines the functionality of a traditional fire pit with the practicality of a table. These versatile pieces of outdoor furniture feature a built-in fire pit in the center, surrounded by a table surface that can be used for drinks and snacks. Fire tables are perfect for those with a limited outdoor area who still want to enjoy the warmth of a fire and a place to entertain all in one.  

Hemisphere Fire Pits:  

Hemisphere Fire Pits come in various sizes, from shallow bowls to deep basins, and with varying portability. That means they work well in both small and large spaces – but with a contemporary and stylish hemisphere design that’s bound to be noticed, hemisphere pits can be a great option for creating a focal point in smaller spaces.


As you can see, choosing the right fire pit to complement the size and style of your outdoor space doesn’t have to be complicated. Just remember to take safety, local laws, available space, and what you’ll be using your fire pit for into account! Whether you’re looking to create an intimate space or a social hub, Ash & Ember has you covered with our extensive line of wood-burning fire pits.