11 Fire Features for Fun Summer Nights

From DIY fire pit decks to custom stone work, your options are wide open if you're thinking of buying or installing a fire feature.

And why wouldn't you want a fire feature? There's nothing quite like relaxing by an outdoor fire on a cool summer or autumn night. From the firewood crackling to the smell of wood burning, it's a treat that warms both body and soul.

Do you like to cook? Some fire features can double as barbecue grills, or even as wood fired pizza ovens. You can have a great time experimenting with grilled foods if you have an outdoor fire feature that accommodates cooking.

Kretyen/Flickr Creative CommonsPictured first is an old fashioned chiminea. Do not overlook the chiminea as an option for an outdoor fire feature. They're portable, frequently inexpensive, and come in a variety of colors and styles. Yes, chimineas have a bit of a Southwestern vibe, but some of them are modern enough looking to fit into a contemporary design scheme. Modfire makes some really neat high end modern chimineas.

joebeone/Flickr Creative CommonsKeep it simple with a prefabricated portable fire pit. There are so many styles of portable fire pit to choose from. Plus, you can move it into the garage to store for the winter.

_tar0_/Flickr Creative CommonsHere's a custom concrete fire pit. Unless you have super skills, you'll need a concrete contractor to pour and install one of these for you. It looks pretty awesome, so the investment could be worth it for your home or business.

Marni-/Flickr Creative CommonsHere is a DIY version of the concrete fire pit. It's smaller and cheaper to make than the previous one, but it offers a similar effect.

Angela@Unexpected Elegance/Hometalk.comAnd here is another DIY fire pit. This one is made out of a metal drum surrounded by patio pavers. It was built by Angela Lerew of Unexpected Elegance, a blogger and DIY remodeler in Indianapolis.

ACM Design Architects/Flickr Creative CommonsNow we're starting to get into the fancy stuff: Custom stone fire pits.

Willow Gates Landscaping/Hometalk.comThis flagstone and boulder fire pit/patio combo is understated and classic.

Green Impressions/Flickr Creative CommonsYou could always spring for an outdoor fireplace. Admit it: They're pretty awesome.

BJL Aquascapes/Hometalk.comI can't even.

Pedini of Atlanta, LLC/Hometalk.comAnd now we step away from the natural style to have a look at this custom steel gas fireplace. Do you like it? I like it. While it looks inhospitable for roasting marshmallows, it is certainly an attractive way to include a fire pit on a small urban patio.

Chaya Kurtz writes for networx.com.

Updated May 16, 2018.

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