Our Favorite Outdoor Fire Features

Our Favorite Outdoor Fire Features

Fall is a glorious time of year that allows Phoenix homeowners a chance to really enjoy their backyard spaces. With the cooler evenings and nights, the fall of the year is the perfect time to sit out on the patio, make a nice fire, and just enjoy the presence of your family. We must be honest and admit that we have a few favorites when it comes to fire features. We understand that every home is different and not all of our favorites will be yours, but here are a few of the fire features that we absolutely love.


When it comes to class and simplicity, it is hard to beat a chiminea. A freestanding fire pit that holds a relatively small bundle of firewood, this fire feature is often made of clay or metal and is distinguishable by its built-in chimney. As chimineas do a great job of keeping fires contained, they can be a great option for a small space. They are great for intimate gatherings, or for a very romantic evening with your spouse. Sometimes simplicity is the best!

Gas Fire Pits

If you are a bit more adventurous, a gas fire pit might be a great option for you. Gas fire pits can be either pre-fabricated or built from brick, natural stone, and even concrete. They are plumbed with gas lines which provide fuel for the fire, and usually have a top layer of stone, ceramic “logs”, or even special glass pebbles that glow as the fire flames up through them. This is a great fire feature that will have all of your friends and family talking. While gas fire pits are usually more expensive than simpler wood-burning options, once you experience their beauty and ease of use, you will likely find them to be worth every penny!

Outdoor Fireplaces

The third and most involved option is the outdoor fireplace. Built to resemble a traditional indoor fireplace complete with hearth and chimney, outdoor fireplaces are permanent structures usually constructed from stone or brick. They can be built into a covered patio or free-standing, and either gas powered or wood-burning. An outdoor fireplace perfectly merges the charm of gathering fireside with the excitement of a natural outdoor setting. Trust us, there is nothing like curling up before an outdoor fireplace with a mug of something hot and tasty!

The great thing about a fire feature is that it can be custom-tailored to fit your needs as well as your home. Whether you picture a solitary spot to sip your favorite beverage while staring into the flames or plan to host fun-filled evenings of sing-alongs and marshmallow roasts with friends and family, there is a perfect fire feature for you! Which is your favorite?

Stop dreaming and start enjoying the beautiful fall weather around your own fire feature! For more outdoor living tips and ideas, follow our blog!



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