Do you feel that? That crisp chill is in the air? The temperatures are finally low enough here in RVA to do one of our favorite things this time of year–hang out next to a warm fire outside. Whether it’s simply relaxing and listening to the soothing crackle of the flames or having a backyard hot dog roast with the entire family, fire pits are a favorite fall outdoor activity for many.

Fire pits have become a must have for a lot of Richmond homes and there are so many different options available to choose from. The most popular choice seems to be building a permanent stone or brick fire pit. This allows you to get creative and create a real show piece to enjoy for years to come. However, for those who don’t want a long term commitment or want the luxury of a calming fire but don’t have a large budget, there are plenty of temporary and portable options out there too. You can even choose between gas or wood burning. And if you’re not about the pit, there are other fire features you can choose from like a chimenea, fire table, or you can go as big as an actual outdoor fireplace. No matter your budget or design style, there seems to be something for everyone.

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Once you’ve chosen the right one for you, it’s time to decide on seating. Lawn chairs, hay bales, and wooden benches are all great seating choices. You could also build stone, brick or concrete bench seating if you’d like your fire pit area to feel more like a cozy outdoor living space. Add some colorful cushions for added comfort and you’ve got yourself an outdoor space you can be proud of.

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After your fire pit and seating are complete all that’s left to do is enjoy your new hang out spot! Cuddle up next to someone you love and have a quiet evening with a nice glass of wine or grab the entire family and roast marshmallows and hot dogs.

A fire pit is a great way to unwind and also have fun, especially this time of year, but always remember to be safe.

  • Make sure your fire pit is a safe distance away from your home and anything flammable.
  • Don’t wear loose or highly flammable clothing around the fire pit. Stay a safe distance away from the flames.
  • Portable fire pits should be placed on a non-flammable surface, like concrete or stone.
  • Because of their unpredictability, avoid using gasoline or lighter fluid to start your fire.

If you have a fire feature at your house, what is your favorite way to enjoy it?