Most of the country is still in the icy grip of Old Man Winter. As such, you're likely dreaming of warm summer days and nights to come. And nothing says summer quite like sitting around a fire pit. With the start of the New Year, it's a great time to look at some new back yard fire pit ideas that will make your 2016 shine a little brighter.
Best Back Yard Fire Pit Ideas of 2013
When looking ahead to the next big thing, it's important to also look closely at current and past styles. 2015 gave us a lot of interesting back yard fire pit ideas which will no doubt continue to be popular for many years to come. Some of our favorite back yard fire pit ideas of the past year include:
The Natural Tree Stump Fire Pit: Designed to look like a sawed off tree stump, this unique gas fire pit is actually cast from durable, fire-resistant stone. It's perfect if you're going for a more natural look for your back yard.
The $50 DIY Tree Ring Fire Pit: The beauty of this wood burning fire pit is its simplicity. It's an easy do-it-yourself project that doesn't require a lot of space, and that reportedly can be built from the ground up for around $50. Talk about money well spent!
Dragon Head Fire Pit: This fire pit is constructed from welded scrap metal, and is the perfect way to keep pesky hobbits away from your treasure horde. All kidding aside, this one-of-a-kind back yard fire pit idea just might be the most artistic use of open flames we've ever seen.
2014 Back Yard Fire Pit Ideas
With those stellar examples in mind, let's look at some new back yard fire pit ideas. If your New Years resolution is to make your back yard an even better place to spend time with family and friends, you've come to the right place!
Recessed Fire Pit with Built-In Seating: The sturdy benches around this partially-recessed back yard fire pit idea are very inviting. They practically call out "Come, sit, relax." The graveled ring makes everything stand out from the yard, making it seem like a whole different place.
Freestanding Mediterranean-Style Clay Fire Pit: With a unique design and openings on all four sides, this freestanding fire pit is perfect for back yard patios or other areas where a permanent, built-in fire pit is not feasible. And it looks great to boot!
Decorative Fire Pit Built Into Landscaping: We love unique back yard fire pit ideas like this because of how well they're incorporated into the rest of the landscaping. This one's smaller than some of the others we've seen, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Here, small = cozy.
Fire Pit Table: Ideal for bringing everyone together around the fire, this back yard fire pit idea gives you a place to set drinks or play cards. And, at bar height, it works great with tall chairs and is the perfect height to stand around, as well.
Bonfire Pit: This fire pit is great for small, cozy fires with a few friends, but is also designed to allow for big, roaring bonfires that will keep you warm on even the coldest nights. The stones in the outer ring give it a natural look that will complement any landscaping.
With all these fantastic back yard fire pit ideas and more out there, it might be whittle the list down to just one. Luckily, it'll still be a while before the weather allows for outdoor fire pitting, so you've got time to give it a good think. Decisions, decisions, decisions!