Sunday, June 08, 2014

Advice Needed

I'd like to buy a fire pit for my back yard. One that I can move to storage during the winter and is solid enough to last more than one season. I live in the city, so it would be for burning small pieces of wood.  No bonfires.

Tips on what to look for?

Ideas on where I might find a good deal?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bought mine online from Grandin Road several years ago -- copper bowl with mesh cover and sturdy iron base -- mostly for looks. I got lucky and I love it. It's very study and has held up well despite the fact I leave it out all winter. If it does not have drainage holes, drill or nail some so prevent rust and mosquito colonies. Home Depot has nice ones, too. I'm a fan of metal fire pits and mesh covers. Remember to save your dryer lint -- great fire starter. Happy backyard burning! St. Paul reader.

StuccoHouse said...

St. Paul - The Grandin Road pits are very nice. I'm tempted. But I'm also a little afraid it might develop legs in the middle of the night. That's exactly the style I vaguely had in mind though. Thanks for the tip on the drainage holes...I would not have thought of that. Ha, I have a ton of dryer lint :)

JC said...

My friend who live a few blocks away just use a simple (inexpensive) cast iron "dish" type fire pit that stands on short legs and comes with a mesh cap. They've just recently replaced it because the old one was falling apart, but it lasted several years (3,4?) and I think it was only around 100$ CAD.

We actually just had a fire last night. We just have a hose handy to spray any small burning debris that may fall off the edge (we tend to burn scrap wood and sometimes the boards a bit long).

They keep this fire pit sitting on a large patio stone. Nothing too fancy.

StuccoHouse said...

JC - That is exactly what I have been debating. Some of them are very nice and solid, but I'm also wondering if I could buy a cast iron one and just repaint it when it starts looking shabby. The tip in the previous comment about drilling a drainage hole makes a whole lot of sense to me. I'd be burning small scrap wood and paper (I'm a lazy shredder). I think I may be over thinking it all at this point and should just go out and get something...

Anonymous said...

They have some beautiful ones on this website, love the round deer one, horse one, and the tree one....except they are so expensive @ $1800. But they have some in the $200 range as well.

http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Outdoor/Fire-Pits-Wood-Burning?state=3748

StuccoHouse said...

Wow, that WoodLand site has a bonanza of pits. Some of those pricy pits would fill my entire back yard. My neighbors would lose their minds with the smoke :) But, holy cow they have a lot of designs in the mid-range price range. And free shipping! Thanks for the link. Serious possibilities there.

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