We cannot honestly say that there is a “best” firepit. That is an individual decision that should be based primarily on considerations of personal taste, space available, surrounding décor and budget.
This said, there are some features that one should look for in a well-designed firepit – and you should also think about some of the optional features that you may want (or could do without – after all, there’s no point in paying for something that isn’t useful or pleasing to you).
First consideration is style. As you can see from our online photos, there are many types of fire pits from which to choose. They come in two basic configurations: round and square or rectangular. Round firepits feature a bowl and are usually portable. If you have limited space or you like to move about, this may be a better choice for you. Square and rectangular firepits are heavy and designed for permanent installation. These usually feature a table around which guests can be seated. If you have a very large space and wish to create a warm gathering place, consider one of our San Juan firepits with round burner, a Cast Limestone Creations product or even our oval Tuscany Fire Pit Table.
Another important consideration is your choice of fuel. Wood-burning fire pits are less expensive overall, but of course, firewood is not the cleanest burning of fuels – and if you live in an urban area, you may not be allowed to burn wood in an open area in any event. Gas fire pits burn much cleaner, but they also require a larger up-front investment. Not only are these more expensive, they also need to be hooked up properly to the fuel supply, whether this is a tank or the home’s own gas lines. In case of the latter, it is best to have it done by a professional.
Decide what material you like in a fire pit. Our most popular models are made with stone and steel with bronze powder finish. Our top models, made by Cast Limestone Creations, offer polished, reclaimed limestone tabletops.
In addition to firepits themselves, Home & Hearth Outfitters has a large inventory of accessories that will add to your enjoyment this coming fall and winter. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call!