Containing fire has been a constant effort of man since the evolution of fire. With the advance of technology and science, obviously the procedure of this containment is changing as well.
Most modern firepits are made out of stainless steel, metal, stone and even bricks. They are mounted with designer legs that not only enhance the beauty of your fire place but also make it safer to use. Style choices are virtually unlimited. While wood and coal were traditionally used, gas and fuel are popular now, and even faux wood pits have overwhelmed the market.
Metal firepits are available in a variety of designs and colors. Some feature a glass-enclosed fire bowl to protect the fire from within, and to keep the flame burning steadily. This can also be considered an enhanced safety measure. There are round and square shapes, and even non-traditional or many-sided versions.
What have really been taking off in the high-end (and not-so-high-end) residential markets are firepits that are built into outdoor living areas or as a standalone element in the backyard. They are usually created out of carefully stacked pavers or flat stone and can add an element of beauty and function to your backyard landscape.
Before you finalize on any model, make sure that you have the space for it! Start with planning, preferably with a professional who is experienced in backyard layout, and who has a wide availability of paver materials for building your firepit. In the end, you'll end up with a magnificent gathering and entertainment space for friends in your backyard, or a place to keep your family warm when the weather turns cold again.