Choosing the Perfect Outdoor Fire Pit for Your Yard

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Outdoor fire pits allow you to gather outside with friends even when the weather turns cool. They are great for sitting around, whether you prefer to sip a glass of wine or create a batch of sticky-sweet s’mores. Some can be used straight out of the box, while others are best left to a professional outdoor fireplace contractor. Here are some things to consider when choosing a fire pit for your backyard. 

Benefits of Working With an Outdoor Fireplace Contractor

Adding a fire pit to your yard can be as simple as unboxing a portable unit. However, working with a professional outdoor fire pit contractor has many benefits. For example, a custom fire pit will help add value to your home, something you can’t say about a portable unit. Professionally built systems also last longer than premade ones so you can enjoy backyard fires well into the future.

Popular Styles of Outdoor Fire Pits

Fire pits have come a long way from the old practice of digging a hole and adding wood. Today, you can select from many styles to accentuate your backyard’s design. Some types have more than one fuel option, so keep that in mind when deciding. Discussing your needs with an experienced outdoor fire pit contractor is a good idea to find a solution that works for you and your family. 

Some more popular options include the following:

  • Bowl fire pits
  • Chimeneas
  • Table fire pits
  • Floating fire pits
  • Enclosed fireplaces

Types of Outdoor Fire Pits

Fire pits can be powered by wood, natural gas, or liquid propane. Each system has advantages and disadvantages, so discuss your concerns with your outdoor fireplace contractor when designing your unit.  

Natural Gas/Propane

Natural gas and propane systems are cleaner than wood ones. They can also be placed in areas where the heat of a wood fire would cause damage. Additionally, you can change the look of a gas fire pit by adding decorative glass or lava rock. 


A wood fire pit gives you that classic campfire feel right in your backyard. If you choose a wood fire pit or outdoor fireplace, research what wood is best to burn. Seasoned hardwood is usually your best choice. It will produce less smoke and residue, burning hotter and slower than softwood.

Your Professional Outdoor Fireplace Contractor in Wisconsin

When you need a professional outdoor fireplace contractor, M H Landscaping is here to help. We offer a full range of hardscaping services in southeastern Wisconsin, including outdoor fire pits and fireplaces. Contact us today to start designing your dream backyard. 

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