Backyard fire pits can be made to match your existing landscaping. Whether you are redoing your current landscaping or landscaping the area for the first time, you have several fire pits to choose from, based on the type of fire pit needed and the landscaping ideas. Fire pits are built from stone local to your area, or they could be built based on several fire pit designs.
Patio Fire Pits
Build a fire pit on an existing, open patio. Put the fire pit in an area of the patio where several people could sit in front of the fire pit. If the fire pit is in the middle of the patio, use a low-design fire pit. Fire pits that are taller only allow people to sit in front of them, as you would not be able to see one another because of the height. Higher fire pits are great to put on the edge of open patios.
Garden Fire Pits
Place a fire pit in the center of a garden. Place benches or Adirondack chairs around the fire pit for a cozy hideaway. This set up works well with all landscaping, especially landscaping with extensive foliage.
Cooking Fire Pits
A cooking fire pit is enclosed on three sides and has a chimney. The fire pit could be placed in a garden or on a patio, but if you want to use it for cooking instead of a decorative feature, it should be placed on the patio (where it is convenient for cooking). An enclosed fire pit is usually taller because of the chimney and breaks up the plant décor in a garden.
If you are using a fire pit as a cooking fire pit, add counters near the fire pit for food preparation. The counters could be made from stone or wood to match the rest of the patio décor. If you use full counters with cabinets below, you also have storage space for fire pit cleaning utensils, wood and other accessories (pokers, marshmallow skewers, etc.) used with a fire pit.