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The Best Type of Fire Pit for Your Backyard

Fire pits are wonderful amenities that serve as central gathering points in a backyard. Everybody likes to sit around a roaring wood or gas fire and socialize, eat, party or just take it easy after a long, hard day.

outdoor fire pit installation in okalossa flIf you’re thinking of adding a fire pit to your backyard living spaces, Doodlebuggers Fireplace, Grill & Outdoor Store of Pensacola, FL, and Destin, FL, would like to share some helpful information on choosing the right kind.

Planning for your fire pit

Here are some things for you to consider.


Take a look at your yard and get an idea of where you want to place your fire pit. Assuming you don’t want to do any landscape or building renovation, you want a place that’s away from overhanging trees, the house, awnings and large amounts of growth and vegetation.

Consider also the number of people who will regularly be enjoying the fire pit. Will you provide chairs, benches or other types of seating? Make sure you plan for enough space for seating and room for people to maneuver to and from the seating.

Fire pit size

When planning the size of your fire pit, err on the side of smaller. The last thing you want is a fire pit that takes up a huge amount of space and causes inconvenience or safety issues.

You should aim for a fire pit that’s the ideal size for the available space and the number of people who will typically be gathering around it. Your fire pit builder or contractor will help you work out the details so you end up with a product that’s perfect for your space.

Fire pit shape

Fire pits can be custom-built in virtually any shape:

  • Round – for a peaceful, holistic look
  • Square – for an angled, contemporary look
  • Rectangular – ideal for fitting into uniquely sized spaces

Another consideration here is the height of your fire pit. A custom pit can be low to the ground or include high walls to bring it up close to people’s line of sight.

Fire pit materials

You can have your fire pit built with the type of materials that you love the most. Bricks, stones and concrete are popular choices. These materials come in a variety of shades and textures to give you that just-right look. They also provide a high degree of safety and stability for your fires.

Wood or gas?

A final consideration is the fuel you want to use for your fires. Gas is a clean-burning fuel that isn’t particularly messy and is very easy to use. Gas fire pits will need to have a natural gas or propane line run and connected.

outdoor kitchen and fireplace in Carillon BeachTraditionalists love real wood fire pits, with their crackling logs, lovely aromas and exciting visuals. If you go with wood, plan for a space in which to conveniently store firewood.

Get the perfect fire pit

Let Doodlebuggers help you plan for and build the perfect fire pit for your backyard living space. Speak with an outdoor living specialist at (850) 477-1151 in Pensacola, FL, or at (850) 243-0154 in the Destin, FL, area. If you prefer, you can get in touch with our handy contact form.

You can also visit one of our showrooms:

In Pensacola: 7555 Highway 98 West, Suite A

In Destin: 36054 Emerald Coast Pkwy. #100

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