Creating an inviting and cozy outdoor space can be a challenging task. You need to consider everything from decking to even fire features. Choosing the correct fire feature for your outdoor space can help create the inviting environment you desire.
Whether you choose to use wood or gas (propane or natural) adding a fire feature to your cottage or home is a fantastic way to extend the use of your outdoor space. It can help extend its use into the colder months, or add a bit of flare in the warmer ones. To help you make the right choice for your space here are the differences between fire pits and bowls and a fire table. Hopefully it will allow you to create the best outdoor oasis you can.
Before choosing your best option, here are a few things to consider:
Fire Pits come in every shape, size, and material and are usually between 19” and 25” in height. You can choose from several types depending on what fuel you are looking to burn, wood, propane, or natural gas. You could also opt to buy a wood grate or gas burner and build the fie pit from interlocking brick, stone, or some other type of fireproof material. You can use your fire pit or fire bowl for outdoor marshmallow or weenie roasts; however, caution is needed when using propane or natural gas burners as to not let the marshmallow fall into the burner (not fun cleaning up after that).
Wood burning are the most common option available on the market (as of time of writing), but it does depend on your municipality as to whether you can burn wood and they usually have restrictions as to where they can be placed and how far from flammable materials it needs to be. Depending on the size of the fire pit, it will restrict the amount of wood that can be put in the fire pit, which will restrict the amount of heat produced. Check to see what you are looking for in terms of area that you are looking to heat before purchasing your wood fire pit. The manufacturer may also have grills or other attachments for your wood burning fire pit or fire bowl that might make this option even more appealing as it can be used to cook as well. Cottage Culture offers a great selection of high-quality wood-burning firepits in a variety of stunning designs!
Propane and natural gas versions can be used anywhere since the fuel can be extinguished by simply turning off the gas so there is no danger of sparks starting an accidental fire. There are several types of gas fire pits, and they are listed in BTU or how much heat they will produce. You will need to see the diverse options on the market to choose the size appropriate for your space.
Fire bowls are usually a propane or natural gas burner in various shapes such as round, square, rectangular, or custom built that are added to your landscaping to be used as a fire accent throughout your outdoor space.
These features can include one or several fire bowls on top of a waterfall to fill your pool. They can be used to light a pathway or to provide lighting and flame in various sections of your outdoor space to show separation of the areas.
As it suggests this is a table that has a fire bowl inside it. This allows you to use the table like normal either at coffee table or bar height to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvre, while also enjoying a fire in the centre to provide ambiance and warmth. You can also get one at dining table height with a fire feature inside, that would allow you to eat a full meal around a burning fire in the centre of the table.
Wood burning fire tables are less common, but there are some available on the market. You have much less control over the heat because you are adding logs to your fire. You would also have less control over the fire itself and would need to be careful with children or animals being round it.
Propane and natural gas tables are more common, and some manufacturers even allow you to swap out the fire bowl for a metal bowl to add ice to keep your bottles cold for cocktails in the warmer months when the fire bowl is not being used. Some fire bowls have fake logs or even fake stones, but most manufactures today use the fire glass as the colour choices are varied and can coordinate with the colours in your furniture or other accents in your outdoor space.
Fire tables are made of metal or metal with stone tops or tiled tops that usually are part of a line of patio furniture. There are tables on the market as stand-alone items that can co-ordinate with your existing furniture in your backyard oasis. You can also buy ones that are part of patio sets, that way you ensure all your furniture matches. They also help provide a sleek and modern look to any outdoor space and can go with a variety of design choices and styles.
Picking the best option for your outdoor space can be challenging and seem to be a daunting task. Hopefully this will help you in creating your dream outdoor oasis and complete your space. Whether it be with a Fire Pit, Fire Bowl, or Fire Table creating the best space for you is the best option.