Keep your patio warm: A guide to choosing the right fire pit

by Renee Marie Jordan 08/28/2022

Fire pits are phenomenal backyard additions. They provide warmth and can be a dynamic centerpiece on your patio or as a fixture in your yard. Considering adding one to your backyard? Check out these basic reminders to ensure you get the perfect one for your needs.

Consider fire pit fuel types

It’s good to think about the type of fuel your pit may need. Common types include: wood, charcoal and propane. A wood-burning fire pit is the closest to creating a campfire atmosphere. However, if you want more control over the flame strength, propane fire pits may suit you more. If you plan to grill over your fire pit, you may find charcoal more to your liking.

While precautions should be taken for any kind of fuel source, ensure extra precautions are taken with propane tanks, as they carry certain hazardous risks. Always refer to the label of your fuel source for handling instructions and precautions.

Take note of the shape & style 

Consider the outdoor space you’re working with and the aesthetic you want. Fire pits come in many shapes and sizes. If your property is close to your neighbor’s, perhaps a smokeless fire pit would better suit your needs. If you want a more countryside feel, a rustic stone pit is a great option. Consider new metal designs for a chic appeal.

If you’re working with a smaller patio space, try a rectangular pit. For a more traditional appeal, you may want to go for a round pit. Heat will disperse evenly around the perimeter with a circular shape, whereas a rectangular shape will offer more structure for seating and more possible grill layering options for cookouts.

Review the building materials

An outdoor fire pit is made to resist high levels of heat. Many fire pits are made of stainless steel. You can find pits made of various other metals; namely cast iron and aluminum. 

Stone fire pits are very traditional and can be made with just a few items. One of their more attractive features is how great they are for those who love DIY projects. If a stone fire pit appeals to you, try picking up a kit at your local hardware store or finding in-depth instructions and supply lists online.

Fire pits in backyard spaces are great ways to revitalize your yard while adding function and style. Whether you’re hoping to make delicious s’mores with one of many wood-burning fire pits or simply want the warmth of a crackling fire surrounded by loved ones on a beautiful night, a fire pit is an excellent addition to nearly any yard.

About the Author

Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold.   

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009.   

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.