Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas Backyard

I can’t even begin to describe the sense of relaxation, freedom and creativity you get from having a fire pit in your backyard. If you’ve never done this before, it’s pretty understandable for you to wonder, “What is a firepit used for?”. Indeed some ideas on firepit activities will clear that out for you.

Fire pits are a great way to get together with friends and family. Whether you’re roasting meat on the grill, making s’mores by camping out under stars in your backyard or just trying something different like this yearning for warmth during winter months – having one is essential!

Now, if you are willing to install a fire pit in your backyard and are looking for some outdoor fire pit ideas backyard, Fire pits are a fantastic way to create fun and exciting backyard gatherings. This article provides you with some great ideas on how you can arrange a Fire Pit Party, so keep reading!

Can I Use a Fire Pit in My Backyard?

Yes, of course, you can, and it is even legal. However, you have to make sure you abide by the laws set in your country when installing it. 

Uncertainty regarding the legislation sometimes prevents people from erecting a permanent fire pit; thus, a movable fire pit is preferable since you can relocate it as required.

If you have a big enough backyard, why not install a fire pit? You will be glad to know that 10 feet from your house is the safest distance for this type of project.

Backyard fire pits are preferred as they give an extension to your house. It is like an extended lounge. Most people decorate the area around their fire pits in their backyard to make it look cozy and homely. Further in this article, I also share some fun ideas and activities you can enjoy in your backyard by your fire pit.

Safely – Installing a Fire Pit  

Safety should always be a priority when building or installing a fire pit in your backyard. There can be hazards that may not seem dangerous but could pose as an obstruction, such as trees and grass, so make sure there’s solid ground around it to avoid any problems with fires caused by items falling onto the embers from above. And lastly, place seating arrangements out of reach if In-Ground built ones!

If you have a customized permanent fire pit built above the ground, pathways or walls surround it; try to avoid filling or surrounding the fire pit with natural rocks or even gravel. These are not good for excessive heat as they may explode.

Instead, surround the area with lava rocks, slate, granite, or you may even have marble rocks. These have less chance to explode or crack. Nevertheless, fire pits are great for backyards compared to any other corner of your house.

Click here to learn more about the legality and safety precautions of making a fire in your backyard

Some Fun Fire Pit Ideas for Backyard

You might wonder what activities you can enjoy with a fire pit in your backyard. Well, there are many things you can do. I have written down some fun activities that I like, which you can enjoy by your fire pit.

Barbeque and Kebab Party

A fire pit in your backyard often means you will love to enjoy your time outside during moderate to cold temperature nights. During winters, people crave a comfortable ambience. And if you have a fire pit in your backyard, you can easily plan a barbeque party.

With a blazing fire pit that keeps your backyard warm, you can use it to host a family barbeque dinner. Imagine a cold winter night, and you are grilling chicken, cooking your kebab over your fire pit with your family! It is an ideal evening dinner plan.

From briskets, grilled chicken to smoked duck, you can do it all on your fire pit, considering you have the proper equipment. For some recipes to try out in your firepit, Click Here.

Games by The Fire Pit

You can enjoy family time by the fire pit playing board or card games. You can also play charades. It is a fun game to play in your backyard as it has an open ambience where you can enjoy and laugh freely.

You can also play truth or dare, spin the bottle, or even two truths and a lie. These games have been the classic fire pit games ever since the 21st Century. Although the younger generation enjoys it more, it might be a game you will enjoy with your friends and cousins during a stayover night.

Ghost Stories, Marshmallows and Roasts 

Fire pits are perfect for late-night ghost stories. You can invite your friends to hang out after sunset and chat about the spooky happenings around town, or if it’s autumn, you may want them over on an evening when there are dead leaves all around-the ambience will be just right!

You can roast s’mores, marshmallows with propane fire pits, hot dogs, grill cheese, and even grill your chicken. It will be a perfect atmosphere while you are all spooked over the crackling sound of the fire, rustling leaves, a few friends, and ghost stories.

Camping 

Needless to say how camping always requires a campfire. You can easily camp in your backyard by your fire pit. It will give you the exact feeling of camping in a dark forest.

Like the previous activity I mentioned about ghost stories by the fire pit, you can apply it here too while camping. It will further emphasize the spooky camping atmosphere.

Bonfire 

You can arrange a bonfire and invite all your neighbours over if your fire pit is big enough. In most cases, a tiny fire pit will not produce as much energy as a bonfire. And bonfires are mostly enjoyed during more significant festivities.

However, if you can manage a big fire pit, you can create that ambience. With various food items or buffets, you can socialize and enjoy a great night in your backyard. Just make sure you follow some bonfire safety protocols before arranging something like this.

Have a Karaoke or Movie Night and Other Activities 

Musical parties around fire pits are entertaining. You can include other entertainment activities too, like dancing, drama, poetry recitation. Let me give you one better- a movie night! One of the best activities to enjoy by your fire pit in the backyard.

If your backyard is big enough, you can invite your friends and neighbours to host a game watch party. You can also enjoy fireworks during New Year Eve.

With these ideas, you can make your firepit event more than just several people hanging out around a fire pit. So, give them a try and present your guests with beautiful memories.

Why Are Fire Pits So Popular?

Steel Fire Pit Cooking
Steel Fire Pit Cooking

Fire pits have grown popular among homeowners because of the ambience a fire pit creates. It gives a warm and welcoming atmosphere, giving more life to your backyard, patio, or wherever in the house you install it. 

Houses with pools often have a fire pit installed for a freshening and warm dip in the water. If you have it installed outdoors in your backyard, people will love to sit around it even if the fire is not alight. During cold evening and night hangouts, people love to roast their marshmallows and s’mores, grill their chicken, and enjoy their time getting warm.

People looking to buy a new house often consider places that already have fire pits. It adds value to a home.

What Can You Burn in A Fire Pit?

 In a fire pit, you may utilize a variety of fuels, including oak, alder, hickory, and even apple and cherry wood. Eco Fire Logs, on the other hand, is a wiser alternative for the environment. They are small but can burn up to 1400 degrees while allowing airflow as well. 

People prefer pinion wood most of the time as it is also a mosquito repellant. It gives out a pleasant fragrance when it’s burned. Hickory is very popular as well. It is known to burn the hottest compared to others and also is among the strongest woods.

Apple and cherry wood give a pleasing smell when burned. Applewood is safer as it takes time to burn, and when burned, it does not go too high; instead, it burns slowly. However, it also keeps burning for a reasonable amount of time.

Types Of Fire Pits You Can Buy

You’ll be surprised to know that there are different types of fire pits available in the market. Here I will be sharing some of those so that you can buy the right one for your home backyard.

Biofuel Firepits 

Biofuel fire pits like the ECOSMART BASE 30 are a great choice if you are looking for a fire pit using clean and eco-friendly fuel. These fire pits are powered by ethanol, which is much less harmful to the environment than propane or wood.

Biofuel Fire Pit
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Wood Fire Pits 

Woodfire pits simply use wood to make a fire. There is nothing like the smell of burning wood mixing in with the scent of a barbecue while you and your friends hang around the fireplace. The Patriot Fire Bowl is an excellent choice if you are looking for something like that.

Fire Pit Bowl
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Propane Fire Pits 

Don’t want to bother with preparing and burning wood or the expense of biofuel? Then propane is your next best option. There are plenty of good fire pits in this market! One I would recommend is the Sierra Square Fire Pit. 

Gas Fire Pit
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Portable Firepits 

Portable fire pits are great, especially for adventurers. If you love travelling and are always on the go, carrying a tiny but mighty little Trailblazer might do it for your outdoor needs! This fire pit weighs next to nothing, and can you can carry about in a bag. Have a peek at this fire pit by clicking the highlighted link.

Portable Propane Fire Pit
Portable Propane Fire Pit Photo by https://www.twenty20.com/photos/

Conclusion

As fire pits are not cheap to build, they can be considered a luxury. However, the inviting and comforting warmth that comes with them makes it well worth your time in installing one close by for guests or family members who will spend their evening around this beautiful feature of yours!

I hope you now know what a fire pit used for and the activities you can do around it when you throw an event is. Try out the fun ideas I shared in this article; you will love them! Thanks for stopping by.

3 thoughts on “Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas Backyard”

  1. Greetings! I’ve just gone through your article on outdoor fire pit ideas. I must say that there’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting around the fire pit with your family, sharing the good moments of being family, with a braai of chicken and drinks around, that is so amazing. But I also agree with you that the fire pit has to be built in the safest way to avoid any damage that may be caused outside, to your flowers, garden, grass or trees.
    Thanks for sharing such a helpful piece of writing with us.

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  2. This quarentine has made us spend a lot of time in our homes. And exploring activities wee can do in our backyards has just been one of the results of the enclosure. Yeah, safety has always been a concern when dealling with a fire pit. Thanks for your advice on this point.

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    • Yes, Henry! You hit the nail on the head with your input. The quarantine has its good and bad sides, but yes, fire pits can be a lot of fun when safety is considered as we want to keep everyone safe so that an enjoyable time may be shared. Thank you for taking into consideration my thoughts in this matter; it’s much appreciated from one human being to another:)

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