Why People Love Their Fire Pits
It’s overwhelmingly likely that at least some of your friends and family members have fire pits. Even if they don’t, it’s likely that you’ve been to a party or outdoor gathering where a fire pit was present in the recent past. That’s because fire pits are incredibly popular, they’ve been incredibly popular, and they seem to only be growing in popularity.
Why is it that these simple, yet continually innovative flame houses continue to occupy our minds and serve as centerpieces for our most cherished gatherings?
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The Growing Popularity of Fire Pits
If you shop around for a fire pit, you might be surprised to see how many different varieties there are. There are classic fire pits designed to burn wood, as you might imagine, but there are also fire pits that run on natural gas, propane, and electricity. There are simple fire pits designed for budget conscious buyers, but also lavish and elaborate setups for big spenders and aesthetic perfectionists.
There are many reasons for this trend. Manufacturing has gotten more advanced and less expensive, enabling engineers and entrepreneurs to have more creative flexibility in how they create fire pits. Consumers have gotten more demanding and interested in individualized products, so the need for more diverse products increased. And thanks to the internet, people have access to a much wider selection than ever before.
This explains some of why fire pits have diversified in form and grown in popularity in recent years. But there’s much more to the ongoing staying power of these simple, yet powerful fixtures.
Explaining the Appeal
It’s hard to completely summarize the appeal of fire pits, since they mean so many different things to different people, but these are some of the most important aspects to consider:
- Man’s fascination with fire. Scientists have tried, and failed, to explain the seemingly preternatural appeal of fire to human beings. Most of us are strangely drawn to the flicker of live flames. It’s easy to become mesmerized when staring into a campfire or when enjoying the relative quiet of a soft, crackling flame. Fire pits are a convenient way to display and gather around fire, making this surreal and chaotic natural element the centerpiece of conversations.
- Cooking potential. Some people purchase fire pits with the explicit intention of using them for cooking. You don’t need any sophisticated tools or a detailed setup for this; classic campers know how delicious traditional fire-cooked hot dog is, even in the hands of someone not particularly skilled in cooking. If you add a grate to your fire pit, you’ll have even more options for cooking.
- The ultimate outdoor social activity. Fire pits are conducive to outdoor gatherings, giving people an excuse to be outside. And since the fire is warm and radiant, you can enjoy fire pits well into the winter in most areas of the country.
- Containment and control. Technically, anyone can start a fire, and at almost any time. But if you’re not careful, a fire can quickly spiral out of control, jeopardizing your property and the safety of the people nearby. Modern fire pits, in the hands of experienced, safety conscious users, greatly reduce the risks involved with starting and enjoying a bonfire. Your fire can be effectively contained and controlled, especially if you’re relying on natural gas or propane as the fuel for your flames.
- Style and aesthetics. Increasingly, people are taking advantage of the stylistic and aesthetic flexibility that fire pits offer. You can get a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and choose a material that fits perfectly with your outdoor setting.
- Universal likability. Nothing is truly universally liked, but fire pits get exceedingly close to this standard. Most people would entertain the idea of almost any social gathering centered around a controlled flame outside.
- Low costs. Some people appreciate the value that fire pits offer even more when they compare it to the cost of purchasing one. Fire pits are ridiculously inexpensive for how much entertainment they can provide.
- Minimal maintenance needs. Fire pits don’t need much maintenance. Periodically, you’ll need to clean up the inside of your fire pit. You may also need to replenish the fuel or give it a deeper cleaning. But for the most part, fire pits have minimal maintenance needs; and when you first get one, you can set it up and use it immediately.
Fire pits have been around for about as long as we’ve mastered fire, and they’ll likely continue to be an important part of human society and interactions moving forward. Even if you’re not much of a bonfire enjoyer in your own right, you should at least be able to see why so many people appreciate the power and potential of fire pits.