Fire Pits & Fireplaces

Fire Elements: Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces for Your Deck or Patio

Imagine transforming your ordinary backyard into a captivating retreat where warmth and elegance meet. O’Keefe Built can help you incorporate a fire feature into your deck or patio in Boulder. Whether it’s a rustic fire pit, a sophisticated outdoor fireplace, or a stylish fire table, these features enhance the appeal of your home and can increase its overall value.

PHoto of an elevated deck with an underdecking area and a fire table

How Fire Features Add to Your Outdoor Experience

Outdoor fire features like fire pits, fire tables, and fireplaces on decks offer numerous benefits:

  • Enhanced Ambiance: They serve as a natural focal point, providing warmth, light, and a cozy atmosphere that improves the overall aesthetics of your outdoor space.
  • Extended Outdoor Use: Their heat allows for longer enjoyment of your backyard or patio, even during cooler weather.
  • Social and Family Bonding: These features create inviting spaces that encourage gatherings, social interactions, and family activities like roasting marshmallows.
  • Design Flexibility: Available in various materials and styles, fire features can complement any outdoor decor, adding a touch of rustic, modern, or custom design.
  • Health and Relaxation: The natural warmth and sounds promote relaxation and stress reduction, contributing to overall well-being.
  • Functional Versatility: Beyond ambiance, fire pits and tables can be used for cooking (not at the same level as an outdoor kitchen) and come in smokeless gas or propane options for convenience.

Types of Fire Features for Your Outdoor Living Space

When considering adding a fire feature to your deck or patio, understanding the different types available is crucial for selecting the right one to complement your outdoor living space.

Photo of an elevated deck and patio with a fire pit.

Fire Pits

A versatile choice, outdoor fire pits come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, including stone, metal, and concrete. They can be built into the ground for a more permanent fixture or designed as portable units that offer flexibility in placement and use. Fire pits create a casual, campfire-like atmosphere where people can gather for warmth and conversation.

Outdoor Fireplaces

These are more structured and can be a magnificent focal point for any outdoor space. Built with materials such as brick or stone, outdoor fireplaces reflect a traditional look and are typically designed to match the home’s exterior. They provide a more controlled environment for fire than fire pits and can be adorned with mantels and hearths. Some people also have a wood-fired pizza oven built into their outdoor fireplaces.

Fire Tables

Combining functionality with style, fire tables feature a fire pit at their center (which is why they are sometimes called fire pit tables) with a substantial border that can serve as a table for holding drinks or small plates. These are usually powered by propane, offering a clean, smoke-free flame that is easy to control. Fire tables are particularly suited for modern outdoor settings and excellent for entertaining guests.

How to Fuel Your Outdoor Fire Features

Here are some of the most popular fuel sources for outdoor fire elements:

Fire Pits/Fire Tables

  • Wood-burning fire pits deliver the quintessential campfire ambiance, using wood logs for kindling a classic, crackling fire.
  • Propane fire pits, or gas fire pits, are connected to propane tanks or natural gas lines and offer instant, smoke-free fires with a simple button push. These pits are prized for convenience and clean, consistent burn, eliminating the smoke and ash associated with wood fires.
  • Gel-fuel fire pits are compact and portable. They use gel fuel canisters to produce a small, controlled flame primarily for ambiance rather than significant heat output.
  • Tabletop and portable fire pits are versatile, small-scale options that can be placed on various surfaces, including tables and patios. These pits often utilize propane or gel fuel to offer flexibility and ease of movement, catering to small spaces and intimate settings.

Outdoor Fireplaces

  • Wood is a traditional fuel for outdoor fireplaces. It offers a high heat output and a cozy, rustic ambiance with its crackling flames and smoky aroma. However, it demands more maintenance, including ash removal and spark control.
  • Natural gas burns cleanly without smoke or ash, making it a popular choice for outdoor fireplaces. These fireplaces ignite with a button and are low maintenance, though they require a permanent gas line connection.
  • Like natural gas, propane is a clean-burning fuel. Thanks to portable tanks, propane does not always require a fixed gas line. This makes propane fireplaces versatile, with adjustable flame heights and strong heating capabilities.

Heat Up Your Deck or Patio with Fire Features and O’Keefe Built

Don’t just dream about making the most of your outdoor spaces—make it happen with a stunning fire feature. Trust our team of experts at O’Keefe Built to bring your vision to life. Our experienced crew will guide you through selecting and installing the perfect fire pit, outdoor fireplace, or fire table, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience from start to finish.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward transforming your backyard into a warm and inviting gathering space!

Fire Features FAQs

What safety precautions should I consider when installing a fire pit or fireplace?

Safety is paramount when installing any fire feature. Ensure the installation site is clear of flammable materials and safe from your home and vegetation. Use non-combustible materials around the fire pit; always have a fire extinguisher nearby.

What is the difference between a wood-burning and a gas fire pit?

Wood-burning fire pits provide a traditional experience with the crackle of wood and the smell of smoke, but they require more maintenance and cleanup. Gas fire pits offer convenience with easy ignition and no ash cleanup. They can be connected to a natural gas line or used in portable propane tanks, providing a cleaner burn without the smoke.

How do I maintain my outdoor fireplace or fire table?

Regularly remove ash and debris for wood-burning features and check for signs of wear or damage. For gas models, ensure the gas lines and connections are inspected annually by a professional. Covering your fire pit or fireplace when not in use can protect it from the elements and extend its lifespan.


If you are looking for a local deck-building company in the Front Range that guarantees your satisfaction, look no further than O’Keefe Built! Contact us today to get started on transforming your outdoor living space. We can’t wait to help you create a unique outdoor oasis that will wow your friends and family!