5 Firepit Ideas for Perfect Summer Nights

5 Firepit Ideas for Perfect Summer Nights

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By Contractors.com Team May 05, 2021

There’s nothing like a roaring fire on a chilly summer night. Whether you’re camping in the woods or just lounging in your backyard an outdoor firepit is a nice luxury to have for fun and comfort.  After all, everybody likes to bask in the warmth of a hot glowing fire, take in the pleasant aroma of pine or maple, and hear the crackle as wood burns.  

An outdoor fire pit has a way of creating an aura of serenity and relaxation. It helps us to feel closer to the natural world, which is important in a world where we often can feel isolated from nature. Firepits don’t only keep us warm though. They also add that distinctive roasted flavor to some of your favorite meats, vegetables, and the biggest crowd-pleaser — marshmallows. Fire pits fill our outdoor activities with charm and are an easy way to increase the versatility of a backyard. 

The fire can also serve to keep pesky bugs and other unwanted critters away, which is great when you don’t want to spend the night swatting away mosquitoes. Fire pits are also pretty inexpensive, with the average premade one costing $300. Of course, you can also build a fire pit for an even more affordable price. Even a fancy fire pit isn’t too prohibitive. You can get one custom built by a contractor for as little as $700.

Since there's essentially no reason not to have one, next comes choosing the design. There is a huge range of different fire pit types, styles, and designs to choose from. You may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number for sale today. If so, we’re here to help with five of the best fire pit ideas you can't go wrong with for a perfect summer night.    

Tabletop Fire Pit for the Perfect Centerpiece 

Firepit Ideas That Are Practical and Stunning

Firepit Ideas That Are Practical and Stunning

Do you want to enjoy the coziness of a warm fire pit, but don’t want the hassle of setting up a full-sized fire pit that takes up space? In that case, the tabletop fire pit might be right for you. Tabletop fire pits are gorgeous accessories that allow you to experience the warmth of a fire pit from your tabletop. Because they can be set up on a table, these portable fire pits are compact and self-contained. They are either propane fire pits or are bioethanol powered so they’re easy to get going. 

A Tabletop Firepit Is What's Missing In Your Backyard

A Tabletop Firepit Is What's Missing In Your Backyard

To top it off, tabletop fire pits come in all sorts of different styles and sizes. For a classy look, you can get a Victorian-style tabletop fire pit complete with gilded ornamentation and intricate patterns. Alternatively, you can opt for a sleek minimalist look with a tabletop fire pit with clean lines and neutral colors. Tabletop fire pits offer more flexibility over a traditional fire pit. Convenience is of course the hallmark of the modern home, so why not bring it to your outdoor space as well?  

Zero Gravity Firepit Built Into Table

Another stylish table-based firepit is the in-table fire pit. It isn’t portable, but unlike a tabletop firepit, it slots neatly into a cut-out built into a table of your choice and can even seem like it’s hovering. This gives your fireplace that sleek minimalist look that contrasts so well with the surrounding wilderness/nature.

Zero Gravity Firepit Built Into Table

Zero Gravity Firepit Built Into Table

Modern Fire Pit for Refined Relaxing

Modern Fire Pits for Refined Relaxing

Modern Fire Pits for Refined Relaxing

For those that appreciate clean lines and minimal clutter, you can’t go wrong with a modern fire pit. This is the fire pit in its essence: an elegant device designed to warm an outdoor space flanked with stylishly upholstered chairs. No need for unnecessary embellishment, and no need for anything complicated. There are few better ways to connect to nature than to emulate its beautiful simplicity, and a modern fire pit does just that. 

A modern fire pit doesn’t necessarily have to be a gas fire one. Modern wood-burning fire pits are just as easy on the eyes and worth considering since many of them are designed to burn wood more thoroughly. This allows you to combine the sophistication of modernity with the charm of tradition.

Coffee Table Firepit for An Outdoor Living Room

Coffee Table Firepit for An Outdoor Living Room

Coffee Table Firepit for An Outdoor Living Room

Meld the minimalism of the outdoors with the aesthetic simplicity of a coffee table to create an idyllic living room outside. This firepit design makes for a unique combination that exudes elegance and sophistication. 

Firepits Perfect for Roasting

Speaking of tradition, those that like it will want a fire pit built for roasting. Roasting marshmallows or sausages over the fire is a great way to recapture the fun of old-school childhood memories. Things change quickly in our world, but we can still pass on the simple pleasures of yesteryear to the next generation. If you want to rekindle some fun memories or make new ones, you’ll be happy to know that virtually any firepit is good for roasting. However, if you would prefer something that is specifically designed for roasting, a portable pop-up fire pit is a great option.

Firepits Perfect for Roasting

Firepits Perfect for Roasting

There’s no need to worry if you don’t have a wood-burning fire pit. You don’t need to have a purpose-built fire pit if you want to roast tasty snacks. Gas fire pits, dry fire pits, lava rocks, fire glass, and even BioLite firepits can all be used for roasting without any fear of toxins or weird tastes. These are usually wood-burning and they are designed to make roasting safe and easy with purpose-built grills for food. Since they’re portable, these pop-up fire pits are easy to set up wherever you need them, and their small size means they can be put out quickly if needed. Alternatively, a campfire pit will do the job as well. 

Simple Firepit Magic for Roasting with Friends

Simple Firepit Magic for Roasting with Friends

Two-In-One Modern Roasting Firepit

The rustic pop-up and campsite firepits aren’t for everyone. And while popup firepits are easily portable, they tend to be rather small, and aren’t very practical when it comes to timber. This modern take on a roasting fire pit tries to solve those cons. While it isn’t portable, it comes with enough space for the whole family (and then some) to roast marshmallows and plenty of storage space for firewood. To top it off, it also looks pretty neat. 

Fun Firepit Ideas You Can Even DIY

Fun Firepit Ideas You Can Even DIY

Fireglass Fire Pit to Keep Warmer for Longer

Modern Firepit Ideas

Modern Firepit Ideas

Fireglass is made up of a bunch of glass rocks that are polished and rolled so that they can’t cut you, and tempered so they won’t explode (unlike regular glass). Fire glass offers a cool alternative for those that want to avoid the mess that comes with a wood-burning fire pit. 

The glass rocks radiate almost four times more heat than regular wood, and they can last forever. That means you no longer have to gather and cut firewood or clean out the fire pit after each time you use it. If you decide to opt for fiberglass, you’ll have a fire pit that is low maintenance and easy to use. To top it off, fire glass will give your fire pit a very clean and classy look. Fire glass rocks often come in hues of blue, green, and red which shimmer as the fire burns.     

Classic Paving Stone Firepit

Maybe all this high-tech firepit stuff just isn’t your style. Maybe you yearn for a more conventional fireplace with timber crackling and a bright orangey flame. If so, the DIY firepit is a great option. You can build it from simple cinder blocks, or even paving stones if you want to be fancy.  

The Perfect Firepit to Build Yourself

The Perfect Firepit to Build Yourself

Circular Fire Pit Perfect for Groups

Circular Fire Pit Perfect for Groups

Circular Fire Pit Perfect for Groups

Now here’s a great way to capture some of that convivial atmosphere in your backyard. A circular firepit, especially one with seating, is an open invitation for everyone to gather ‘round. Getting family and friends alike together around a warm fire is a great way to melt away the ice and to have some bonding time. 

The Perfect Firepits for Group Hangouts

The Perfect Firepits for Group Hangouts

Couple your cozy circular fire pit with an inground swimming pool and you got yourself the perfect space for outdoor fun. To make sitting around the fire pit even more comfortable, it’s a good idea to put in a propane fire pit or a smokeless fire pit since these won’t send clouds of smoke blowing into people’s faces. Having a gas fire pit will make things more practical since the fire will be easy to start and easy to keep going so the party never stops. 

Statement Firepit Bowls

Why stick with a boring circle firepit? Branch out with something original and positively Olympian in aesthetic. A bowl-shaped fireplace can neatly tie together modern minimalism with Grecian themes.

The Missing Piece In Your Outdoor Living Room

The Missing Piece In Your Outdoor Living Room

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Contractors.com Team

Written by Contractors.com Team