Adding a fire pit to your backyard is an excellent way to create a more functional and entertaining outdoor space. With so many distinct types and styles of fire pit, you might have trouble choosing the right fit for your space. Learn more about the different types of backyard fire pits and the requirements and specifications for each type.

Wood Burning Fire Pits

Wood burning fire pits offer the most classic campfire experience. This type of fire pit is ideal for those who love to collect the necessary starter materials and build their own fire. Wood burning fire pits can be as simple as a circle of rocks scattered around a hole in the ground, or as complex as a stationary outdoor fireplace. Smokeless fire pits are growing in popularity for their lack of smoke, and even come as wood burning fire pits. Wood-fueled fires are also ideal for cooking with the help of accessories for a smokeless bonfire, such as a grill grid.

Propane Fire Pits

Propane fire pits offer a more elegant version of the traditional campfire. This type of fire pit runs on propane fuel, which is often attached to the apparatus as a tank. You may be familiar with fire tables or stands, which house glass beads, rocks, or pebbles to add a decorative touch below the flames. Propane fire pits range in size from small copper bowls to large, fully functioning tables, complete with drink holders! Find which size and style works best for your backyard.

Natural Gas Fire Pits

Natural gas fire pits are similar to propane fire pits because they run on gas as a fuel source. While propane fire tables and stands may be portable, natural gas fire pits must have access to a natural gas line. While this can limit your options, there are still several styles of natural gas fire installations to choose from. Natural gas fire pits can have a sunken design, or reflect propane fire pits with a table-top design.

Do any of these different types of backyard fire pits catch your eye? There are some great options on this list for any type of home—big or small. Now that you’re more familiar with each type, you can make the best investment choice for your new backyard amenity!