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Copper Fire Pit

Adding a copper fire pit to your patio can add a touch of warmth and elegance. These richly colored fire pits can also help you create a nice place to spend evenings on your patio, either a quiet evening alone or a cozy evening with friends. This specific style has a number of benefits, but before you decide to buy one make sure this is the right type of outdoor fireplace to fit your needs.

The Popularity of Copper

Copper has become a popular material for a number of uses in homes besides wiring and water pipes. Many people are taking advantage of the warm beauty and durability of copper for use in things like copper sinks, copper hose storage and outdoor copper fire pits. If you use copper in other areas of your home, especially outside, adding a copper fire pit can help create a cohesive theme.

Copper Fire Pits

If you are looking for a small outdoor fireplace that won’t take up too much space an outdoor copper fire pit is a good fit. Generally speaking copper fire pits are pretty small and meant to be used on a patio. Some models are even made to be easily portable. If you are looking for a portable fire pit to take to the beach or camping look for one that folds and has a carrying case.

Copper Fire Pit Table
Copper Fire Pit Table

You can also find a fire pit table that uses a copper fire bowl. Most of these have a relatively small table space, but they still provide additional functionality and they can be used as a small patio table. Some of them even have decorative mosaic tile that can help enhance the look of your patio especially when blended well with planters or other outdoor accenting items on your patio.

Most copper fire pits come with a few basic outdoor fireplace accessories like a spark screen, a lifting tool and a stand. Some will even come with fire pit covers, if not consider investing in one to help protect it and to prevent ashes from blowing in your yard.

While solid copper fire bowls can be expensive, especially if you choose an artisan crafted hammered copper fire bowl, those made with iron and coated in copper are much less expensive. You can find a number of copper coated fire pits under $200.

It is important to know that copper outdoor fire pits won’t keep that shiny copper look. Once they are used and as they sit outside they will develop a patina over time. Some people love the look of the patina finish so this is seen as a benefit, but others don’t. Just don’t expect it to remain shiny over time.

As with any other wood burning outdoor fire pits copper patio fire pits may create a bit more smoke if they use wood for fuel because they don’t have a design to direct the smoke upwards like an chiminea or a fixed brick or stone outdoor fireplace. However if you choose a gas fire pit you won’t have this problem with smoke.

Copper Fire Bowl
Copper Fire Bowl

Because this style of patio fireplace is so easy to move around sometimes people forget about basic fire safety. Make sure you only use it on a stable non-flammable surface. Also be sure to keep your backyard fire pit a safe distance from anything remotely flammable like branches, bushes or your home.

Copper Fire Bowls

A copper fire bowl is pretty similar to a copper fire pit, in fact some may use the terms interchangeably. To me though copper fire bowls are deeper, rounder and many of them have more distinct design features. I’ve seen some fire pit bowls that are in the shape of dancing flames or other intricate designs. But overall a copper fire bowl will have the same benefits and drawbacks as a copper fire pit.

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Fire Rings

Many of us have wonderful memories of gathering around a campfire on a chilly evening in the great outdoors. My memories include making a small campfire ring out of rocks we could find in the area. If we couldn’t find enough rocks it would be a very small fire. But now I have a folding fire ring that collapses so we can easily take it with us wherever we go. It’s great because it’s so easy to take with us and we can always make a nice fire to sit around and enjoy.

Why Should You Have A Fire Ring?

Having a solid fire ring is important for safety, whether it’s a metal, concrete or a stone fire ring. You never want to take the chance of a fire spreading or getting out of hand, in dry areas this can be detrimental. We’ve all seen the news stories about the potential destruction of wildfires. Beyond fire safety outdoor fireplace rings also help keep the ashes under control.

Camp Fire Ring
Camp Fire Ring

There are a lot of fun fire rings available now. Some are silhouetted with things like outdoor scenery, moose, trees, stars etc. As your fire burns the silhouetted designs dance around things surrounding your outdoor fire ring.

Cooking On Fire Rings

Portable fire pit rings are great because they are so easy to either use at home or take with you. Our foldable ring is especially nice because it easily folds and fits in it’s carrying case. It also came with a fire ring grill making a perfect combination for camping. The grill rack sits nicely within the ring so you can have just the campfire or you can add the grill and cook breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because the grill rack is flat with thinly spaced bars it works great for our camping coffee maker too. There are a variety of fire rings with a grill attachment available.

Fixed Fire Pit Rings

If you have an area on your property where you want to build a fire pit, and you know they are allowed in your area, you can build a stable fire pit ring around it. Not only does this help with safety but it also helps from having a muddy mess when it rains. You can make the fire ring by partially burying a metal tube in the ground in a circular shape. Then construct a type of circular wall around it with something like flagstone — something that will be sturdy.

Not only are fire rings fun because of their designs and features, they also help contain your fire and control ash to help with fire safety. You always need to follow fire safety rules when starting a fire but a fire ring is a fun tool to help with that.

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Outdoor Fireplace Construction

When it comes to constructing an outdoor fireplace there are a several things you need to consider, from what is allowed in your area to what type of outdoor fireplace you prefer, to safety concerns. But once you work through these things you can create a beautiful and relaxing setting in your own patio, garden or back yard. It’s all worth the effort when you’re relaxing by your new outdoor fireplace enjoying the warm glow and the stars above.

Check Local Codes Before Starting Outdoor Fireplace Construction

It is important to check with your local municipalities to learn more about the local codes and laws in your area before you start looking at outdoor fireplace designs. Certain areas have more restrictions in order to maintain the air quality.

In some geographic locations, weather conditions can create an inversion which can trap the particles of smoke decreasing the air quality. Wood burning outdoor fireplaces can create problems with air pollution in these inversion areas, so some local laws prohibit wood burning varieties. If your area restricts wood burning you can look for an approved gas outdoor fireplace that uses propane or natural gas.

Types Of Outdoor Fireplaces

When you are deciding what type of outdoor fireplace there are a couple of considerations. One of the first decisions you may want to make is whether you want a wood burning or gas outdoor fireplace. Of course based on the laws in your area that choice may already be made for you. A wood burning fireplace will provide you with more of a rustic campfire feel, with the crackling sound and the smell of burning wood. A gas fireplace will burn cleaner and it is easier to light.

Custom Outdoor Fireplace
Custom Outdoor Fireplace

The other choice you need to make is whether you want a custom masonry fireplace or whether you want one that is prefabricated like an outdoor fireplace kit. A custom outdoor fireplace can provide a very distinct look for your outdoor area, but it will take more time and a bigger budget. Custom outdoor fireplaces are built from the ground up so they need to be done by a professional as they have specific engineering requirements and structural calculations which can vary depending on the type of soil is in your area.

Outdoor fireplace kits are a better option for those who are somewhat experienced and want to do it themselves. An outdoor fireplace kit will provide all the necessary parts in the right proportions to build a functional outdoor fireplace. Fireplace kits are less expensive than the masonry version, but that doesn’t mean they are plain. You can customize the look by adding stone or brick to get the look of traditional brick or stone outdoor fireplaces.

It is also important to determine what type of outside fireplace will withstand the weather conditions in your area. One that would be perfect for the Southwest may not work so well in the climate in the Northeast.

Outdoor Fireplace Safety

Before you start any construction on your outdoor fireplace make sure you consider fire safety first. Make sure the fireplace will be positioned in a way that won’t create any risk to vegetation and especially not to your home in the case an ember jumps of the fire. Be especially careful around wood decks and around trees and bushes. Because this is a significant and lasting project you may want to consult a local fire professional to help with any outdoor fireplace construction safety concerns.

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