Firepits are the greatest invention for enjoying glorious evenings outdoors in the winter. They are flexible in design, available as wood-burning or gas, and create a feature for entertaining.

Now that I live in the beautiful Mount Lofty Ranges, in a quaint English-style village, I know what it’s like to be cold in the winter. Sometimes the temperature difference is 10 degrees between the city and the hills. That’s great for summer heatwaves but not so fabulous when it’s 9 degrees in winter.

OK so we don’t really get snow and there will people in Canada reading this and thinking “That’s not cold…THIS is cold”. So, OK, I acknowledge that. But it still gets pretty nippy! There is something rather primal and lovely about sitting under the stars next to an open fire; particularly on a clear night when the stars are shining and, being the hills, it’s relatively quiet. So it’s no surprise that we, and some of our neighbors, have firepits. Now we live on a slight hill surrounded by trees on a

There is something rather primal and lovely about sitting under the stars next to an open fire; particularly on a clear night when the stars are shining and, being the hills, it’s relatively quiet. So it’s no surprise that we, and some of our neighbors, have firepits. We live on a slight hill surrounded by trees on a 2.8 hectare property so the neighbours are not exactly in our pockets. But it got me thinking about talking to YOU about firepits. Because if you don’t have one, you might think about getting one.

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Firepits are fabulously flexible

The great thing about firepits is that they can be added to a courtyard, a small garden or a space with vast views. They are flexible, can be very portable and are relatively easy to install. Firepits can be made of stone, metal or brick and fired by wood or gas.

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Some things you should know about firepits;

1. the common feature of firepits is that they are designed to contain fire and stop it spreading (good to know)

2. you can buy ‘assembled firepits’ or ‘pre-made firepits’, the difference being ‘assembled’ is in accordance with the owner’s individual wishes and may encompass a variety of styles and functions

3. metal fire pits are more portable whereas stone, concrete and brick firepits tend to stay in one place

4. fuel can be wood or gas with different gas options including gas logs, fire glass, stones, etc.

4. firepits should be positioned at least 10 metres from a structure to enhance safety

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Wood or gas firepits?

Whilst wood-fired pits are relatively fuss-free and generally more portable, gas-fired pits will usually require some form of ‘plumbing in’ so decide on positioning, flexibility, budget, access to gas (or gas bottles) and general usage. Can you be bothered getting wood and cleaning up or do you just want to fire up and go?

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You’ll find a selection of metal fire pits at wayfair.com.au and houzz.com.au. Also try outdoorfirepits.com.au, fireartaustralia.com.au and earthhomewares.com.au/outdoor-garden. You can also try big hardware stores like Bunnings and also outdoor stores like Anaconda for firepits.

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I can guarantee you’ll love having a firepit, just make sure you get the one that suits you and your lifestyle.

Do you have a firepit? Are you thinking about installing one? What concerns do you have?

For more outdoor ideas see Living an Outdoor Life and All Decked Out here on Don’t Call Me Penny.

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