They constantly rank among the top requested design features on American Society of Landscape Architecture surveys. Among outdoor decor renovations, purchases of “fire features” (fire pits, fireplaces) rose five percentage points in 2020, according to the 2021 Houzz & Home Study.
Affordability may be part of the fire pit’s appeal. The average cost of building a fire pit is around $700-$850, within a range between $300 and $1,400. Of course, there are multiple factors influencing costs such as materials used, the size of the fire pit, and any add-ons.
Let’s gaze into the fire pit, examining the costs, the kinds available, and whether you should do it yourself or rely on pros for the job.
Types of fire pits
Shopping for fire pits opens a world with tons of possibilities. Here’s a breakdown of some of the more popular types and some considerations for each:
Off-the-shelf fire pits
Some fire pits come ready to use straight out of the box. Basically, they’re big bowls: Ones made of wood start from only $30, while propane ones cost around $100. It allows you to create a cozy spot in your backyard for much less than going the custom route.
There are some drawbacks to this variety. If your bowl contains a steel finish that becomes damaged or starts rusting, you’ll need to replace the thing. And, it requires more maintenance in that you need to remove the ash after every use.
Prefab fire pits
Prefab kits come with everything you need to assemble. They blend right in, if your backyard contains stone or paver elements. They’re not too expensive, with the average costs ranging from $500 to $600. It’s also easy to clean them, and you can treat them to prevent fading of the UV protective coating.
Setting them up is also relatively easy. However, the quality of materials tends to be lower than you would find with…
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