How to Pick the Right Fire Pit

The best way to make the most out of your paver patio or deck is to add an outdoor fire pit. You can enjoy the warmth of a fire on those chilly Indiana evenings and relax watching the dancing flames, or even warm up after a dip in the pool.

The possibilities are nearly endless for designing your perfect outdoor fireplace. At Cutting Edge Hardscapes, we offer a wide selection of customizable fire pit options and can even show you what the finished product will look like in your outdoor living space, using our advanced computer imaging software.

Here are some things to consider as you plan a fire pit project:

Style & Usage

First, consider how you want to use your fire pit. Do you want an open flame where you can roast marshmallows or are you seeking a more traditional chimney fireplace? We create many grand fireplaces around pool decks or incorporated into outdoor rooms.

We can also create square, rectangular or circular fire pits with nearly any paver stone you desire. It can be a simple design or we can create decorative elements that give the space depth and character. We have a plethora of paver stones and accent materials to choose from.

Fuel Type

Do you want the crackling of wood burning on the fire, or do you prefer a gas fireplace? With wood, consider adding a built-in place to store the wood, which is an attractive yet functional design element. Gas fireplaces give a modern, alluring look when you use decorative fire glass.

If you already have a natural gas line extending to your outdoor kitchen, a gas fireplace is a relatively easy installation. While natural gas is the cheaper and more convenient option, you can also use propane to fuel your fire — which is actually a more efficient fuel, but you will have to continuously refill the tank.

Placement

An outdoor fireplace is sure to be a focal point in your landscape, so think carefully about where you’d like people to gather. Check the scenery and set it up so you’re using the fireplace to either obscure an unwelcome view or creating a place you can fully enjoy the outdoor vistas around you.

It’s also a good idea to build a small paver retaining wall near the fireplace to block wind, if it’s placed in an open area. If you choose a wood burning fire pit with an open flame design, be sure to pick a location that’s not too close to the house or near vegetation that could catch fire. For chimneys, we can build a stone facade adjacent to your home, so it looks like it’s always been a part of the house and you can take advantage of a covered porch or pergola for shelter.

Seating

We can do built-in seating around the fire, often in semi-circular benches that allow for plenty of people to gather around. You can also incorporate your patio furniture to create a cozy living space that focuses on the fire.

Before the snow melts, call us at Cutting Edge Hardscapes so we can start designing the perfect fire pit for you to enjoy by next Spring. Check out our portfolio of fire element projects in the online Idea Gallery for more inspiration.