A firepit is a great way to go camping without leaving home, and adds to the enjoyment of your back yard on chilly evenings. If you are planning on adding an outdoor firepit, there are a number of things to keep in mind before you buy.
First, is location. If you are thinking of a built-in version, leave room from surrounding trees and vegetation so you don’t harm them with heat from the fire. Permanent seating is nice if you don’t want to haul out chairs every time you use it.
The fire source can be propane, natural gas, or real wood. This is up to you. Real wood is nice, but expensive unless you plan on cutting your own. Propane and natural gas are clean burning, so you won’t offend your neighbors with smoke.
Portable units are very popular, as they are easy to move around where you want. Typically, you buy the bowl for the fire and the stand separately. A stand is nice as it raises it up off the ground. A stand with a ledge is even better so you can prop your feet up closer to the warmth.