Do You Need A Fire Pit In Your Patio?


I am sure you are very pleased with your patio or yard area. It has the best outdoor patio furniture and accessories, but is it complete? Do you have a fire pit?  I think that even the best dressed outdoor patio area would benefit from the addition of a fire. Outdoor fire pits and the element of danger and the mesmerizing effects of fire. Oh and they can mean you spend more time on your patio or yard, especially as the nights grow cooler. A fire will add atmosphere and warmth and on some you can cook too.

Fire Pit A definition

A fire that is contained in some way, by a hole in the ground or a bowl or any other kind of heatproof container. The basic  pit has been around for many years and is basically a hole dug in the ground in which the fire is laid. Today there are more ornamental kinds to be found, such as Roman Fire Pits, Mexican chiminea, any type of outdoor ovens, and any other kind of fire container.

Roman Fire Pits

This kind of fire pit is great for smaller spaces or places where a built in fireplace would be inappropriate. this kind of pit is more portable than others portable. All your guests can gather around the fire to make the most of the heat or toast marshmallows on! The basic design is a large dish held up by a frame or pedestal for support. The support can be fancy metal legs or another form of heatproof material. Inside the bowl, resting on the sides will be a grill, for laying the fire. The ash collects in the bowl. The fire often needs the air to flow underneath the fire in order for the fire to burn well. These are traditionally wood fueled fired, but it is also possibly to get outdoor fireplace kits and convert them to propane fueled fires.  There are some very cool propane fire pits about.Check with a local supplier what is possible and who is allowed to do it.  There are a number of fire pit accessories to be found, these include fire pit covers to protect your pit when it is not in use.

Outdoor Fire Pits

The basic pit has developed from a hole in the ground to a hole surrounded by bricks to fully built up raised pits with a dish similar to the Roman pits. These styles are endless different bricks produce different styles, the heights of the pit can vary, the depth of the bowl. How a large a fire pit do you need, will you have seats built around the pit in a similar style? Also traditionally fueled by wood, many of the modern fire pits are gas fueled and can be converted using outdoor fireplace conversion kits. You can easily have your own outdoor gas fire pit.

chimineaChimineas

Also called chimenea of chimera. This is a form of indoor oven that has become popular as an outdoor patio heater in modern backyards. There are many styles of chiminea from traditional clay to modern iron ones. They are wood fueled and the smoke comes out the chimney. One of the big advantages of these is that if you get a version with a door you can use it as on oven and cook on it.

Other Fire Containers

Modern metal designs for fire pits are growing popularity, especially containers that feature ornamental designs around the edge of animals. The fire light plays through these holes and can produce amazing effects. Though often metal boxes are used and some people have been creative and made their own pits from the likes of wash tubs.

Which type Are you?

Which type of outdoor fire pit appeals to you most. Are you a stylish individual who like the concept a Roman pit, or would you prefer a rustic outdoor fire pit, or are you a daredevil always on the look out for something different and would  like a great bowl of fire.

Whatever  fire appeals to you  always remember that fires are dangerous and that children should be carefully watched near fires and animals kept away. Always have a fire extinguisher to hand when you have a fire.

Do You Have Outdoor Patio Bar Furniture


Well if not why not? No really- most of us consider patio furniture to mean the dining table or the conversation set, but outdoor bar furniture is another popular type of patio furniture. Bar furniture includes the bar table, seats and accessories. Bars can be portable or fixed and available in traditional and modern styles. Outdoor bar sets include the bar and a number of stools, typically 4. Other combinations may include a bar table and seats much like a pub garden setting. Patio bar furniture can be multipurpose it can be used for outdoor entertaining and drinks, and also for breakfasts.As people usually congregate firstly where there is drink and then food, an outdoor bar makes sense to help with getting the party going.  Having a patio bar set means that guests can sit down, chat whilst you get their drinks;  then comfortably stay and enjoy their drinks with you. It makes for good entertaining.

Outdoor patio bar furniture can be as formal or relaxed as you choose it to be. Teak outdoor patio furniture would be the ultimate bar furniture in terms of quality and longevity. But if you wanted a more modern look then consider having teak and wicker patio bar furniture – it looks so stylish. Teak will generally tend to give a more naturally feel to a bar area, whereas aluminum will be more chic and bamboo bar furniture will make a bar feel more exotic.

An outdoor bar on its own will encourage your guests to have their drinks and move on, patio bar sets with 2 or 4 bar stools will allow them to sit and pass the time. Outdoor bar stools come with or without backs, in fixed or swivel varieties, so there is plenty of choice to get a set up that appeals to you and complements the rest of your outdoor patio furniture. Using a portable patio bar gives you the choice of where to do your entertaining- pool, patio or garden. Another popular place to have the outdoor bar is around the pool, it can even be in the pool if you so desire! Pool furniture is very popular.

Outdoor Patio Bar Furniture

Outdoor Patio Bar Furniture

Whatever outdoor patio bar furniture you choose it will add character and charm to your outdoor entertaining area, as well as provide a great place for you and your guests to get the party going. Then the next day the outdoor bar can be used to serve breakfast at – truly multipurpose!

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Types Of Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets


Outdoor Patio Furniture comes in many different materials; there is a style to suit everyone and anyone. For the rustic appeal try wooden outdoor  sets, for modern try glass outdoor sets; it all depends upon what feel you want for your patio area. The basic types of outdoor sets include wooden, aluminum, plastic, wicker,wrought iron and cafe style. All have good and not so good points and it is mostly personal taste that determines which style you prefer.

Wooden Outdoor Patio Furniture

This can be any type of wood; hardwoods are usually preferred as they last longer and look better. Timber furniture can suit just about any style of yard. Timber is very forgiving; it does not damage easily and can withstand the weather well.  Wooden furniture is great for a natural setting.Annual maintenance checks can keep your wooden outside furniture looking good. The most popular in the wooden ranges is teak outdoor patio furniture, chosen for its hardness and the color as it ages.

Aluminum Outdoor Patio Furniture

Aluminum patio furniture has its place, as it is light, it can be easy to put out, and easy to store. Aluminum is treated to improve its ability to withstand the weather. Aluminum furniture is usually modern in design; so sleek lines, often comfortable cushions, generally tables are made with glass tops, giving a feeling of light and spaciousness to the patio area. Aluminum furniture is usually a lot cheaper than timber, but also doesn’t on average last as long.

Plastic Outside Patio Furniture

Probably the cheapest and most commonly available outside furniture sets. Plastic is great for having around children.Plastic or resin furniture is so easy to pack away and store over winter and very  easy to clean. Plastic doesn’t weather very well and will not last as long as timber, but can be very useful for camping and when you are just starting out and would like to enjoy your yard, but have little money to spend initially. You can always upgrade later.

Wicker Outdoor Patio Furniture

Wicker has a timeless feel about it. There is natural wicker which is expensive and not as commonly available and resin wicker, which looks like wicker, but weathers really well. Resin outdoor patio furniture sets come in variety of styles from traditional to modern, and in a range or colors although off white is probably one of the most popular as it looks best after some time outside!

Wrought Iron Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets

Wrought iron is another style that seems to have maintained it popularity through the years. Wrought iron is treated to make it weather resistant and requires regular checks to keep it looking its best. It is so stylish when accessorized with the correct patio furniture cushions. Wrought iron sets can include less common items of modern outdoor furniture such as lover seats which can make a statement in your outdoor area.

Cafe Style Sets

This can be wrought iron, but can also include mosaic designs which look great in cottage gardens, or just as a few pieces of outside furniture on the veranda or porch.

Buying furniture sets means that you purchase a complete seating or dining set up all together. This is good because everything matches and you have all need, just make sure you buy as many chairs to go around the table as you think you will need, it can be hard to get extra seats later. The term sets means the contents can vary, a dining set can include 6 or 8 chairs and a garden set may or may not include a table. Be sure you know what outdoor patio furniture you are buying in your set and enjoy using it.