Choosing the Best Outdoor Fire Feature

fire pit with outdoor lighting

There is something about fire that human beings are fascinated with. Call it a primal intuition, or just a blind amusement, fire features are attention-grabbers and draw people in.

Adding a fire feature means you’re adding a gathering place to an outdoor space. It’s a place to entertain guests while creating an inviting ambiance to your home.

Available in an array of styles and materials, fire features can mold to any design style (for fire feature ideas, view our gallery), from modern to mediterranean. However, this creates a problem for the homeowner who may be unsure which fire feature will suit there needs the best.

Here are some fire feature options for you to review before getting started on your project.

Fire Pits

Typically 12 to 18 inches tall, fire pits can be customizable to your needs. They can be made from many different materials and can come in different shapes and sizes, although the most popular shapes are round or square.

Fire pits can be a fun place to roast marshmallows with the kids, or relax next to after a long day. You can add lava rocks or fire glass depending on the look you are after.

Fire pits can be built free-standing or can be custom built to include seating.

You can also purchase a pre-built fire pit that runs on propane. This will save you from having to run a gas line but also takes away the customizable feature of having a fire pit built to match your home aesthetic perfectly.

Fire pit with built in seating


If you’re looking for an elegant look that will keep you warm, an outdoor fireplace may be the option for you. Because fireplaces are normally one-sided, they are excellent at radiating heat in one direction, keeping anyone sitting near it nice and toasty.

outdoor fireplace and pergola

Fireplaces can also be built into a custom patio, adding an entire addition to your outdoor space.

Typically fireplaces can be more costly than your other fire feature options, but depending on your needs, the pros may outweigh the cons.

Fireplaces may also need to be engineered and require additional permits so be sure to check your city ordinances before diving into your project.

outdoor fireplace and patio

Fire Bowls

Looking for more of an edgy look? Fire bowls can add a touch of drama to your home.

Fire bowls offer a clean, modern look that can be used to enhance a patio, pool or spa. The primary use for fire bowls are for aesthetics, however they are an excellent source of light and heat if that is the desired use.

Fire bowls can also be customizable and can be made out of  brass, copper, ceramic or concrete. Like fire pits, fire bowls can also be finishes off with lava rocks or fire glass depending on which you prefer.

Fire bowls can also be built into an outdoor table to enhance your outdoor dining experience.

A self-starter feature can also be added to your fire feature for an additional cost. This will give you the ease of turning on your fire feature with a click of a button.

Whichever style you decide to go with, there’s no denying that adding a fire feature to your outdoor space is a worthwhile investment. Fire features can be used year-round and improve the usage of your backyard.

For more information about which fire feature is right for you and what permits are required for your city, contact our hardscape professionals!

We have created one-of-a-kind fire features in thousands of homes in the southern California region. Contact us today