Some possible designs for an outdoor fire pit include tabletop, bowl, hearth, sunken, portable, amphitheater, tiled and concrete styles. Additionally, instead of a wood burning pit, homeowners can choose either gas or propane fire pits. When choosing a fire pit design, some other important factors to consider are its size, cost and additional features desired.
LandscapingNetwork features bowl, tabletop and hearth styles of pit fires. Fire bowls are usually manufactured from materials that include concrete and cast iron, and they can vary in size from small ones that sit on a table or large types that require support. Depending on its design, a bowl fire pit can burn either wood or gas.
Besides bowl designs, fire pits can be sunken, portable or built-in. A portable fire pit may be suitable for areas that lack outdoor or patio space. An outdoor hearth can be a much larger type of fire pit that is similar to an indoor fireplace. However, there are smaller hearth styles available that are made from hammered copper and have a basin width of about 40 inches, as noted by This Old House.
Fire pits can have rectangular, cylindrical, curvy and triangular shapes, notes Sunset. Fire pits can also come in a variety of different styles, such as convertible and one that has a water feature incorporated into it. A convertible pit can serve as an outdoor coffee table when not in use.