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When Buying A Backyard Firepit There Are A Few Things You Should Know

Updated on May 2, 2015

So You Want A Backyard Firepit

Before buying a backyard fire pit, there are some things you need to know.

For example, they are especially great on a cool fall evening or maybe you just decide to cook s'mores or hotdogs around a campfire when in reality? You are at home.

Or? How about at night at the beach? Or camping? Whatever, there's a zillion times where a firepit comes in handy.

As a family, we have several firepits (which I will get into later). But recently my wife has said it's time to replace our old aging backyard firepit. (there's really nothing wrong with it, she just wants a new one) Thus began an Internet search as I always do.

In my research, I ran across some interesting reviews from people. Reviews that prompted me to write this review. A real world review of some of my choices for backyard firepits and why.

Wrong Impressions:

I thought I would shine a light about some of the things to know. I'll start with the firepits we own and use and give you the strong points of each and describe what we use a firepit for. So, with that being said....

Dispelling Myths:.

First, I want to try to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about buying a ready made firepit. Short of building your very own from scratch, there are some ideas and types of firepits which I will list below.

As always, you decide which, if any, is right for you.

Landmann Ball of Fire

My first and last choice for my cabin

We chose this model not just for it's size, but for the screened dome style cover( which was important for using it at our cabin in the woods).

This style, (Dome cover) allows for more wood than your average 'pit' but still prevents flying embers from escaping. The easy access door was the clincher though, meaning that the entire dome cover did not have to be removed to add more wood, cook hotdogs or s'mores.

When you are looking for warmth from an afternoon of back country skiing or snowmobiling, then I highly recommend the Landmann Ball of Fire firepit. it will not disappoint. The bowl itself is 30" across, allowing for all average size cuts of firewood. So think about it. A dome style cover to prevent flying embers. A cover that allows a full 360 degree view of the fire so no one's view is obstructed and it's lightweight enough to be carried in and out or dumped easily.

It is now nearly four years old and still working well. Oh the screen is dented from heat and use and the pot is a bit dinged up, but it still keeps on working.

Buy one and see for yourself.

The Fire Sense Copper Rail Firepit

Perfect for the beach or the backyard

This was originally our choice for a backyard firepit. We enjoyed it so much, we decided to try it at the beach. After a couple years of packing it back and forth, we knew we needed a separate one for the house, but that is another story.

We now pack and carry, the Fire Sense model to use when we rent a beach house in the summer. The Fire Sense is functional but can easily be carried around. As for the beach cabin, we do not live there year round, so it made a great choice to take down and back since it weighs in at 30 lbs. Very easy to pack and carry.

It became not only a fire pit for warmth and to keep any bugs away, but it allowed for making the usual, yep, smores. But here's where it gets even better. We cook hotdogs over the fire the old fashioned way with a modern twist of course. Instead of branches whittled down, we use the new 'man made' metal rods that are made for that and of course, they have insulated handles.

We have indeed become spoiled, but what the heck? Life is such fragile and short time frame, live it to the fullest.

The Fire Sense Copper Rail Fire pit will make a nice addition to your backyard or beach outing.

Fire Sense Copper Rail Firepit - A really great transportable firepit we use at the beach

Fire Sense Copper Rail Fire Pit
Fire Sense Copper Rail Fire Pit

This unit originally was purchased for the backyard but became our choice for our annual summer beach trip. We rent a place at the beach each year in the summer. Like the Landmann, the Fire Sense has a fire cover screen, but is not quite as much of a consideration at the beach as you can imagine. The brass rail is great to put your feet on to warm them after coming in from the water. Also, this model is under 30 lbs, so it is again light to transport to and from the beach as well as to dump out the ash.

Evaluation: If you are looking for a lightweight and easy to use fire pit that you can transport, this is a nice choice and it comes with free shipping as well. ours is three years old now and we love it.

 

Our Patio Fire 32" Backyard Firepit

My wife's 1st choice for our backyard

After hauling our Fire Sense firepit about as we traveled to the beach, my wife decided we needed a nicer one for the backyard. (our travels had taken the normal wear and tear on the other one.) Dent's, dings and scrapes you don't care about when camping or roasting marshmallows at the beach.

But for the backyard, she wanted something a bit nicer. The powder coating on this one caught her eye right off the bat, and then the fake stone finish? Well, she was sold and it became a member of our family and the backyard. One thing to note though, the fake stones get pretty warm, so just like stones around a campfire, don't touch them or set styrofoam cups on them.

My recommendation on this firepit? It truly is reasonably priced for all that you get.

Alhambra Style Patio Firepit - A very nice addition to our backyard

Outsunny Square 32" Outdoor Backyard Patio Metal Firepit
Outsunny Square 32" Outdoor Backyard Patio Metal Firepit

My wife picked this model for the backyard. She was looking for something that was functional as well as stylish for the backyard to replace the old one and she chose this based upon reviews and manufacturer warranty. The fake stone around it gets a bit hot, but that only helps with the warmth that one is looking for much like rocks around a campfire.

Evaluation: We love this firepit, but I wish it were round, as it limits the number of people who sit on each side. But as per design and use? It's really been a great firepit.

 

Some Common Sense Advice

When assembling your new firepit

I've read the reviews from many folks and the negative comments about nearly every firepit sold on the market and I think I can sum them up fairly easily and help save you some time.

( 1 ) Be prepared with extra screws or nuts and bolts. (when you open the package, check to see if you have all of the parts), If not? Don't get excited. Get some replacements as the exact size of all parts is in the instructions. Don't get excited because you are missing one screw or bolt or nut, just replace it and move on. You can write the company later if that's what happens. In the meantime you get to enjoy the use your new firepit.

( 2 ) Let common sense prevail when assembling any new firepit. Allow yourself plenty of free time for the assembly and don't rush. Most all firepits are very easy to assemble and they nearly always supply the necessary tools. If it takes you longer than someone else, so what? Some folks are just more handy with tools and directions than others, that's all (I count myself in the 'slower' category as well,) so just take your time.

( 3 ) If you are concerned about tools: Have a Straight Blade screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, a set of allen wrenches, maybe a small crescent wrench or pliers handy just in case and you're all set. Even if you don't need them, just having them will make you feel better. Patience is the byword and anything worth doing is worth doing right.

( 4 ) If the firepit you purchase has a stone counter or any type of counter surrounding it, slate, tile, rock, etc? Do not expect that counter to stay cool. IT WILL NOT. See the picture in the upper part of this section? See those rocks around the fire? You would not put anything that you didn't want to melt on those hot stones around the fire would you? Common sense tells you that the stones are there for heat transfer. The counter around the firepit will get hot but it also provides extra warmth much like stones around a campfire. A simple concept when you think about it.

( 5 ) Finally? Many people complained of weathering. Weathering of anything left outside is something to be expected, not complained of. If you don't want your new firepit to rust, to weather or be useless before it's time? Then don't leave it unprotected in the rain or bad weather when not in use. Would you leave your lawnmower outside the entire year round and expect it to keep on working? Of course not. If you live in a harsh winter climate? Take the firepit inside or buy and use a cover. it's just common sense. We've had our firepits ( 3 units ) for several years now and they all still perform great. Take care of them and they will furnish you with years of use, trust me on this one.

In closing, I hope I helped to dispel some myths and rumors. Buying and owning a firepit is a great adventure and I wish you well in your search

Thanks for reading today, stay safe and I'll see you on the trail--CampingmanNW

Landmann Big Sky Stars and Moon Firepit

A perfect starter backyard firepit

I include this particular firepit because I have seen it advertised elsewhere by other retailer's for more money. If you're looking for an inexpensive firepit, this unit makes a great addition to any backyard or campsite.

Yes, it's fully portable and transportable if you want to take it camping. It's durable and will serve your needs for years to come and then some.

With over 12" depth of the fire bowl, you can burn more wood than the standard firepit. Removing the cover, allows you to cook s'mores and hot dogs

All kidding aside, this little unit is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a firepit for their backyard or wherever but doesn't want to spend a ton of dough. Why pay the big bucks when this unit is available?

These sell out quickly-get one today, before they are all gone.

Do you own a firepit and want to share a story or two? - Feel free to drop a comment

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      CampingmanNW 2 years ago

      thank you for stopping by and as always, glad to help. Cheers.

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      WriterJanis2 2 years ago

      This is something that has been very helpful to me as we have a big family.

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      CampingmanNW 2 years ago

      Thank you. Yep, only wrote about the one's we have that work. After all, what good is a review on something that doesn't work? My wife wins many an argument with her logic. Glad you agree, lol. Thanks for the visit

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Really nice selections. I like that you have first hand knowledge on how these function. The smaller one I wouldn't have thought of for traveling, but it would be nice to have something you were familiar with for safety. The round one would be my choice so you can have a large group singing, but I do like your wife's choice as well.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I didn't get too expansive on firepits, just the ones we have that have lasted. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Cheers

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great information. I have been thinking of purchasing a Fire pit and appreciate knowing about these. I will have to wait awhile but hopefully will get one some day.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @esmonaco: With it's complete ball style cover, the Landmann Ball of Fore is a great choice. When the fire burns down some, roll half the cover back to cook your s'mores or hot dogs. Have fun and thanks for your visit and comments. Cheers.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks for reviewing these, as I'm considering a small one for our back yard. My concern is we have small yard so I'm worried about being too close to the house or deck. Our grandsons love making smores ot roasting hot dogs. I like the Landmann Ball.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @DebMartin: Well, I am glad you enjoyed my review. It was limited to my individual experiences but I thank you for your visit and for commenting. Cheers

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      What an excellent review. I have a very old-fashion fire pit, one dug in the ground and surrounded by rocks, in my backyard. But I do appreciate these for a patio and I know just the place I'd put one.