April 27, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
While we’re spending more time entertaining at home and in our gardens, a fire pit provides a wonderful place to gather with friends. There are a number of new designs that offer warmth and ambiance in a variety of sizes and styles to fit any budget. One of my favorites, the Hotspot Square Fire Pit, has a grill area that, when you remove the grill, doubles as a fire pit. With its chrome finish legs and modern square shape, it works well in a contemporary setting. Its 26 x 26 x 21.5 dimensions lend itself well to most small urban garden spaces, and at $179.98, it’s also easy on the wallet.
And if you’re not into square…the same company makes a round style that reminds me a little of a spaceship, the Hotspot Urban Fire Pit. Constructed of pressed and stainless steel, it includes a one-piece dome fire screen, and is available in two sizes, 24.82″ diameter and a larger 31.52″ diameter version.
Part art, part fire pit, I fell in love with the rusted patina of these works by John T. Unger Studio. Since it has a hole cut in the center where water can drain, Big Bowl O Zen can double as a container garden if you prefer. The maintenance free heavy 1/4″ thick steel plate can be left outdoors year round.
The Radius Fireplate, designed by Ralph Kraeuter, is constructed of black varnished steel. With the optional barbeque grill, you can cook directly over the open fire, creating the feel of a campfire in the city.