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Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

While an outdoor kitchen is a great first addition, creating an outdoor living experience is about incorporating a variety of features like seating areas, outdoor fireplaces, and pools to define your outdoor space. For those living in areas with colder winters, a fire pit may be just the thing you need to extend the outdoor dining season.


How To Choose a Fire Pit:

There are a few factors you should consider when choosing a fire pit for your outdoor kitchen. Three of the most important ones are quality, performance, and included features.


  • Quality - You probably hear that word thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? For us, quality is a mixture of construction, the grade of materials, and the length of warranties. Simply put, we highly value fire pits that are built to last.

  • Performance - Fire pits don’t have to clear many hurdles to their job properly, but struggles at any point will cause you more headaches than it’s worth. We rate fire pit performance according to 3 factors: ease of operation, simplicity of ignition, and reliability.

  • Features - Sure, the primary function of fire pits is to provide a warm and cozy atmosphere, but they can also serve as a distinct design piece in your space. Features like fire pit glass and decor are what separates a simple heat source from a dazzling display of flames.


Popular Fire Pit Accessories

Accessories like fire pit lids, covers, and wind guards will help you maximize your time outside. Fire pit covers are a must must-have accessory - they keep rain, debris like leaves, and animals from filling your fire pit. With in-ground fire pits, adding a cover also protects guests from taking a tumble into the pit. Fire pit lids can even transform your fire pit into a stylish tabletop to place your drinks, chips, and dip, or even your cards on when the fire isn't roaring.


Everything To Know About Fire Pits

Common Fire Pit Sizes

The common size range for a fire pit is between 30 and 44 inches in diameter. That will create enough room for a healthy fire but still keep gatherers close enough to chat. Within that range, you'll commonly see firepits 30", 32", and 36" in diameter.


In-Ground VS. Above-Ground Fire Pits

The primary difference between an above-ground fire pit and an in-ground fire pit is the location of the flames. In-ground fire pits are, as the name implies, below the surface. Sunken fire pits have fewer risks because out-of-control fires are less likely to spread. There are fewer dangers related to nearby combustibles when the fire is below ground.

Things to Consider Before Adding an Outdoor Fireplace

Safety is the primary consideration with any outdoor fireplace or firepit, as your outdoor fireplace should be placed away from any combustible items and structures and should include a venting solution. Gas fireplaces have direct vent and ventless options, so these types perform better in enclosed or partially enclosed outdoor spaces than a wood-burning fireplace, which will need more ventilation due to smoke. Built-in brick outdoor fireplaces are permanent structures that require careful planning. Portable outdoor fireplaces offer the most flexible placement options.


Best Outdoor Kitchen Layouts for a Fireplace

The Grillnetics team can help you design the best layout to incorporate an outdoor fireplace into your dining area. Large, open spaces can make use of a U-shaped outdoor kitchen with a designated area with low seating and a fireplace for a relaxed atmosphere. On the other hand, medium-sized spaces might utilize an L-shaped layout to leave an open area adjacent to your kitchen for seating and a fireplace. Smaller spaces are usually best served by a small L shape or a straight run. Overall, it depends on the size and goals for your backyard living space, as well as the outdoor kitchen layout that will work the best.



What’s the difference between a fire pit and an outdoor fireplace?

The largest difference is in their visual presentation. Fire pits are typically elevated off the ground allowing it to be viewed from all angles and providing a campfire feel. Fire pits are sunken in and invite closer gathering. Like fire pits, they also offer the versatility of wood burning, natural gas, and propane.


How much maintenance is required for an outdoor fireplace?

The amount of maintenance of your outdoor fireplace depends on the type you choose. Wood-burning fireplaces require the most maintenance, both in preparation and clean-up. Gas logs require little maintenance, other than periodic replacement. Electric fireplaces require little to no maintenance. You’ll want to dust the exterior regularly as you would any outdoor appliance or furniture.