Fire Pit Ideas for Outdoor Spaces

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    When the weather gets cooler, who doesn’t crave nights cozied up under the stars by a crackling fire? If you’re in a city where space is tight, creating your little warm space might seem tricky, but it’s totally doable! Check out these awesome fire pit ideas tailored for city dwellers looking to bring some warmth to their urban outdoors:

    First things first, before you dive in, it’s wise to check in with your community about any rules or codes that might apply. Safety first, right? Also, make sure your fire pit is set up on a flat, fire-safe surface, and never leave a fire unattended.

    Now, let’s talk options:

    1. Tabletop Fire Bowls

    Ever heard of tabletop fire bowls? They’re perfect for small spaces since they’re compact but still bring cozy vibes. You can buy them or DIY using fireproof materials like ceramic or steel. They run on eco-friendly gel or bioethanol and sit nicely on sturdy tables, creating an intimate atmosphere for gatherings.

    2. Mini Fire Pits

    Feeling crafty? Try making a mini fire pit using a terracotta pot, heavy foil, sand and a grate. It’s a DIY project that’s super rewarding. Just follow the steps carefully and never use water to put out the fire in a terracotta pot.

    • Step 1: Start with a very dry pot. 
    • Step 2: Season it by getting it very hot and then allowing it to cool completely. 
    • Step 3: Once cooled, line the inside with heavy foil and then fill with sand, leaving space in the middle for either charcoal briquettes or a container with eco-friendly gel. 
    • Step 4: Place your grate on top of the pot on a fireproof surface.
    • Step 5: When finished, extinguish the fire by placing a large terracotta saucer over the pot. Never use water to extinguish a fire in a terracotta pot, as it could cause the pot to shatter.

    3. Propane Fire Columns

    If you’re into something more streamlined, propane fire columns might be your thing. They’re space-savers, easy to ignite with a switch and don’t need much room. Plus, no fuss with wood or smoke!

    4. Brick Fire Ring

    ​​Got a bit more space? Consider a brick fire ring. It’s budget-friendly, adds a rustic touch and can be easily put together or taken apart. Just make sure it’s away from wooden structures and have some water handy to extinguish the fire.

    • Step 1: Choose a space away from structures such as wooden decks, pergolas and trees. 
    • Step 2: Determine the perimeter of your circle and remove any grass or debris within it.
    • Step 3: Purchase or collect enough bricks to fully surround your ring and wood to the center.
    • Step 4: You may need kindling to get your fire started.   

    5. Portable Fire Pit Tables

    Then there are portable fire pit tables—functional furniture that’s a fire pit and table in one. These tables come in various sizes and designs, featuring a fire pit with colored stones and rocks in the center of a tabletop. Propane tanks are located inside the table and can be easily changed.  Fire pit tables are perfect for hosting guests in limited spaces as they have a very controlled flame, are easy to light and extinguish and the fire pit can be covered when the weather warms. 

    6. Chimineas

    And let’s not forget chimineas! These movable fire pits can warm up your space in a jiffy, come in cool designs and can be easily repositioned or stored away.

    Having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean giving up on those dreamy fire pit gatherings. These creative ideas let you enjoy the warmth and charm of your personal outdoor fireside retreat right in the heart of the bustling city. Here’s to making unforgettable memories under the stars! Cheers!

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