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Choosing the Right Type of Fire Pit for Your Des Moines, IA, Backyard

Fire pits are a huge trend in outdoor living, inspiring many Des Moines, IA, homeowners to add a fire pit to their landscape design. Choosing the right type of fire pit is important, not only for the aesthetics of the landscape, but also for its functionality and durability.

Fueling Options

Picking the right fueling method for your fire pit is vital for avoiding inconvenience and ensuring that your fire pit fulfills your requirements. There are three main fueling options – wood, natural gas and propane. Here are their advantages and disadvantages:

A Wood-Burning Fire Pit

A wood-burning fire pit requires the most maintenance, as well as a steady supply of wood, and space for wood storage. However, the effort is worth it once you start enjoying the crackling sound and aroma of burning wood. A wood-burning fire pit will add warmth and coziness to an outdoor area, serving as an excellent source of heat and ambiance. Choosing the right location for a wood-burning fire pit is essential as they produce smoke that needs to be properly handled.
Wood storage can be a problem for many homeowners. However, with Unilock wall systems, such as Brussels Dimensional Stone or Rivercrest Wall, you can easily set up storage space that will match the design of the fire pit. Brussels Dimensional Stone offers an abundance of colors and a weathered texture that complements traditional and rustic landscape styles. Rivercrest Wall provides a rich texture that resembles the look of stacked natural stone, the ideal option for your fire pit if you want to bring more character to the landscape.

Natural Gas

A natural gas fire pit requires less maintenance than a wood burning fire pit. The difference between natural gas and a propane-burning fire pit lies in its portability. A natural gas fire pit is not as easily relocated. Unlike with a propane-burning fire pit, with a natural gas fire pit, you don’t have to worry about running out of gas. This type of fire pit is the easiest to maintain, but you’ll need to have a gas line installed in your backyard. With this type of fire pit, there are no flying embers or smoke, so you’re able to enjoy the fire in a clean space.



Propane fire pits are easy to use and offer some impressive designs. They come with a portable storage tank, which is easily relocated and attached to the fire pit. One of the biggest downsides of a propane fire pit is the need for refilling the tank. A propane fire pit provides an excellent flame and maximum convenience, but many will say that it still can’t be compared to a traditional wood-burning fire pit.


The style of the fire pit depends on the visual effect you’d like to add to the outdoor area. Unilock offers a number of versatile vertical units with the highest levels of durability and flexibility to achieve the style you’re after.
Lineo Dimensional Stone complements modern landscapes. This wall unit is defined by its clean, sleek lines. For rustic or traditional landscapes, Estate Wall presents a unique texture that recreates the appearance of aged rock. These wall units offer a natural, weathered surface texture, ideal for adding the classic elegance of a traditional fire pit to your landscape.

The title image features a Rivercrest Wall fire pit in Coastal Slate with Ledgestone Coping in Grey.

Choosing the Right Type of Fire Pit for Your Des Moines, IA, Backyard

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