Fire Pits & More

Fire Pit FAQ's

What Is an Outdoor Fire Pit?

An outdoor fire pit is a heating and cooking feature designed to add ambiance and warmth to your outdoor space. Fire pits have a fireproof container, such as a metal bowl or ring, that holds burning wood or other fuel. You can get a portable fire pit or create one that’s more permanent. The permanent ones typically have a fire barrier made from rocks or cement. Some have spark screens or shields for safety. Flames from an outdoor fire pit produce warmth and light, making it the perfect gathering place for friends and family.

What Are the Different Types of Fire Pits?

Fire pits come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, they tend to fall into one of four main categories based on the type of fuel they use: Wood-burning fire pit: Like a classic campfire ring in a state park, these fire pits use logs and kindling to create flames. Propane fire pit: You use a propane tank to fuel this fire pit, which gives you greater control over the flame. Natural gas fire pit: This outdoor fire pit is similar to the propane fire pit, except you don’t have to worry about swapping out or refilling your tank. Instead, it’s connected to a natural gas line. Gel fuel fire pit: A special, alcohol-based gel fuels this outdoor fire pit. You simply light the can of gel fuel and let it burn. It’ll extinguish itself when it’s empty.

What Is a Smokeless Fire Pit?

A smokeless fire pit uses a fuel that burns efficiently and doesn’t release fine particles of ash and debris into the air. Propane, natural gas, and gel fuel all fall into this category. These fire pits are easy to light, and you won’t have to worry about plumes of smoke following you around all night. But they let off less heat than other fire pits, so if it’s cold outside, you’ll want to sit closer. Some wood-burning fire pits are also considered smokeless. These use a special design to keep the flames hot and efficient, significantly reducing the smoke. However, they aren’t 100% smoke-free.

What Is a Low-Smoke Fire Pit?

Low-smoke fire pits use innovative technology and efficient burning practices to reduce the smoke produced when burning fuel. They employ a combination of increased airflow, double walls, and secondary combustion to keep the fire burning hot. However, you’ll still get a fair amount of smoke when you ignite and extinguish the flames, so they’re not entirely smoke-free. Once the fire starts burning well, the smoke will slowly taper off. Low-smoke fire pits are a great option for anyone who prefers the ambiance of a traditional campfire but is tired of dealing with smoke.

How Can I Choose the Best Fire Pit for My Backyard?

When choosing the best fire pit for your backyard, consider the following factors: Fuel type: Which fuel fits your needs? Which is easiest for you to obtain? Size and design: Fire pits come in many shapes and sizes, so pick one that’ll fit and look good in your outdoor space. Portability: Do you prefer a portable fire pit, or are you looking for something more permanent? Budget: Fire pits range from affordable to luxurious, so think about your budget before deciding. Maintenance: All fire pits require cleaning and basic care, but some need more than others. Find out what’s required to keep your fire pit working well.

What Fire Pit Accessories Should I Consider?

Fire pit accessories help you make the most of your fire pit experience. Some popular accessories include: Log grabbers to make adding wood simpler. Campfire forks for cooking hot dogs and marshmallows. Fire pit heat shield to protect your lawn or patio from heat damage. Lids to keep rain and snow out of your fire pit. While some of these accessories are universal, others depend on your specific fire pit. For example, you’ll want to measure your fire pit before buying a heat shield.

Why Buy an Outdoor Fire Pit from Ash & Ember?

Ash & Ember provides premium outdoor products — including smokeless fire pits, copper fire pits, stainless steel fire pits, and more ― at an affordable price. Our fire pits are carefully crafted with high-quality materials and cutting-edge design to provide the ultimate outdoor experience. We also offer flexible payment options, including the popular Buy Now, Pay Later. This allows you to enjoy your new fire pit while paying for it over time with manageable installments.