Six Reasons to Add a Fire Pit to Your Outdoor Living Space


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Have you ever been sitting in your backyard on a chilly fall evening watching the sun go down and wished you could stay outside longer?  A fire pit built by Big Bend Landscaping could be the solution!

For millions of years, we’ve relied on fire to cook our meals, keep us warm, and provide light. And while we don’t need it the way we used to, we still enjoy sitting by the light of a campfire when we’re away from home. We’re drawn to it. And why shouldn’t we be? It’s warm, comforting, and drives away the darkness. So why not give yourself a way to enjoy it any time you want?

Need more reasons to call Big Bend Landscaping? Here are six of them!

Provide All-Season Enjoyment

Many people think a fire pit is like a swimming pool—a seasonal luxury used only in the spring and summer. And while it can be a great place to gather after a swim or cookout, it’s really more like a hot tub, which people enjoy during the winter as much as they do in the summer. There’s nothing cozier than sitting by a fire pit on a winter evening, enjoying its warmth and light.

Throwing a fall party, lighting up the fire pit, and inviting your family and friends over is even nicer. Just set out the makings for S’mores, put on some music, and you’re virtually guaranteed a night to remember!

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A Perfect Focal Point

Go to any event that includes a grill or campfire and watch how people congregate around it. It creates an opportunity to slow down and relax, lowering the collective blood pressure of the crowd.

When you add a fire pit to your yard, you create the same atmosphere. Your guests will gather around it, enjoying companionship and conversation. You can offer

them a variety of seating choices that let them decide how close they want to sit. Or you can ask Big Bend Landscaping to build seating walls around the fire pit to encourage people to settle at a safe distance.

And fire pits are great for creating a romantic atmosphere! Set out wine or hot chocolate, pull up a couple of comfortable chairs or a cushioned lounge. Then invite your love interest to sit down with you and enjoy the warmth of the flames.

Or if you need some time to yourself, you can light it up, make some tea or pour a glass of wine, then put your feet up. Listen to the night sounds, stargaze, and study the flames while you meditate on the things that matter to you.


Fire pits come in a variety of sizes and shapes, built with pavers designed to withstand the heat of a fire while still maintaining their beauty. Its appearance depends on your budget and how you intend to use it. Do you prefer small, intimate gatherings of two or three people? Or large parties? Maybe you just want a meditative spot to sit by?  Big Bend Landscaping can help you design a firepit that exactly meets your needs.

Fire pits burn different types of fuel. And which one you choose depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for.

A wood burning fire pit

A wood burning fire pit is nostalgic. The smell, the heat of the flames, and even the smoke reminds us of childhood camp-outs and visits to older relatives’ homes. How big it gets depends on how much fuel you add to it. If you enjoy building a fire and watching it come to life, this might be for you. Once you get it started, it’s easy to control the flames by throwing another log on. And it can be a great way to get rid of deadfall and carefully cut up branches. Too, you aren’t limited in where you put it because you don’t have to worry about connecting it to a fuel source.

A propane fueled fire pit

A propane fueled fire pit is clean and lights instantaneously. In some respects, it’s safer. And you can control exactly how much flame it produces with just the twist of a knob. You can dress it up with lava rock, fire glass, or ceramic logs. It’s smokeless, so you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing into your guests’ or family members’ faces. And it’s relatively inexpensive to use. All you need is a place to refill gas canisters. If you don’t enjoy building fires or sweeping up bits of wood, this might be a good choice for you.

A natural gas fire pit

While the initial cost of a natural gas fire pit is greater than the other two options, it is less expensive to use than propane and you don’t have to worry about canisters as it’s attached to a natural gas line. Like propane, it’s clean, smokeless, and adjustable.


One of the best things about fire pits is how well they fit into any landscape. You can set one off to the side of your patio to create a cozy corner, or you can make it the centerpiece of your outdoor lounge. And you aren’t limited by the size of your available space. Whether you have a postage-sized space or a large, sprawling yard, it can be scaled to meet your needs!

How your fire pit looks depends entirely on your tastes. If you prefer a modern appearance, built with straight, smooth pavers, Big Bend Landscaping can do that! Or if you prefer something that looks elegantly aged and rustic, with a rougher finish and staggered paver sizes, we can do that too.


Of course, fire pits should always be treated with care and common sense, whether fueled by wood, propane, or natural gas. But if used correctly, all of them are a great way to enjoy a fire. Big Bend Landscaping will be happy to provide you with safety information when we come out to take a look at the site you’d like to use for yours.

Unlike the classic fire ring, if you prefer a wood burning fire pit, it offers a natural buffer between your fire and the rest of your yard, your home, and your neighbor’s home. It’s easy to douse the flames when you’re finished, and if you keep it cleaned out (just like you would a charcoal grill), it will serve as a great source of pleasure for many years.

Propane and natural gas fire pits are extremely safe. Both have emergency shut-off valves that can be turned off in a hurry if necessary. And there is little chance of sparks burning someone who gets too close.

Fire pits also offer a few surprise benefits. They can be an emergency source of heat if your electricity goes out. And a wood burning fire pit can be a great teaching tool for older children if your family likes to go camping.

Add Value to Your Home

 Big Bend Landscaping builds fire pits that are designed to withstand years of steady use and still look attractive. In fact, a well-made, well-maintained fire pit should look even better with time.

If you ever decide to sell your home, prospective buyers’ and appraisers’ eyes will light up when they see your beautiful outdoor living space and your well-constructed fire pit. It will increase the eye-appeal of your home and yard as buyers picture themselves sitting beside it much as you did. It will also save them the trouble and expense of building their own.

Are You Interested in Having Your Own Fire pit Now?

Of course you are! And Big Bend Landscaping wants to build one for you.

We’ve been building patios, fire pits, pathways, retaining walls, and seating walls in the St. Louis area for over 25 years. We have 71 five-star reviews on Google ratings and an A+ rating with the BBB. Our crews have a Level 1 Certification from the National Concrete and Masonry Association. This means we’re experts in our field.

Big Bend Landscaping knows how to help you make the most of your outdoor living space. If you can imagine it, we can build it! Check out our website for more details, email us, or call for more information!