Let me stand next to your fire

The desire for firepits heats up

Maybe firepits get popular every time there’s an energy crisis.

“In the ’70s and ’80s it was firepits, then it went to fireplaces and now it’s back to pits,” says landscape architect Garett Carlson.

Part of the charm is affordability; where custom-made outdoor fireplaces run from $10,000-$20,000, most firepits cost a fraction of that.

And, as Carlson points out, you can turn almost anything into a pit.

“It’s a matter of bringing in a gas line,” he says. “I’m building a fire circle in a pool and when the fire’s going, you get a reflection of fire in the water.”

However, not everything has returned with the firepit revival.

“They used to stub gas lines into the pool and the whole pool would be on fire,” says Carlson. He sighs. “You can’t do that now.”

Copper Cauldron

The Virginian

Copper Cauldron The Virginian
You bring the fire to this extra-large copper pit, which measures three feet around. Copper Cauldron
smithandhawken.com, $399
This design can be placed anywhere, even on combustible surfaces.
The Virginian, firescapes.net, $1,900

Great Bowl o' Fire


Great Bowl o’ Fire Lyra
Fire as art: John T. Unger makes the Great Bowl o’ Fire from recycled steel.
Great Bowl o’ Fire, johntunger.typepad.com, $695
The slate tabletop also serves as the centerpiece for dining al fresco.
Lyra, patioembers.com, $1,000
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