On a dark night, this black steel ball will give the illusion of flames floating in air. The all-over mesh body that allows for
an unobstructed view
and 360-degree warmth
also keeps embers
from escaping. About $215, Landmann, available at CSN StoresFuel Fundamentals
Before you buy a fire pit, consider what you’re going to burn in it (and check with your local fire department to see what’s allowed in your area).Wood>
Sold by the cord (128 cubic feet) or face cord (66 cubic feet), wood is generally the least expensive option, costing about $1.50 per blaze. Propane>
clean-burning, propane costs
a little over $2 per fire. You need to store the tanks of flammable liquid safely in a cool, outdoor spot and clean your pit regularly to get rid of debris and soot that can clog burners.Natural Gas>
you connect your pit straight to a permanent fuel supply.
Ignition is instantaneous,
and a 2-hour fire will cost
you about $5. Alcohol-based Gel>
Touted as more efficient than wood and more eco-friendly than gas or propane, alcohol-based gels are sold by select fire pit manufacturers for about $3 per can. A can lasts about
3 hours. Most pits, though, need more than one can.