A fire pit is a wonderful enhancement for any outdoor living area. But not all fire pits or fire features are created equal. Below, we review some of the most common fire features on the market today.

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This fire pit is a great gathering spot for family and friends.

Fire pit

The most common and popular fire feature today is definitely the fire pit. There are many different options. First, you’ll want to consider whether you want something portable or built-in. The portable variety is available at many home improvement stores. A built-in fire pit, is the type that EA Quinn specializes.

We work with our clients to design and install a fire pit using a prefabricated kit covered with pavers or natural stone. Or we can design a fire pit that is entirely custom. While many fire pits are circular, there’s a trend of fire pits coming in different, asymmetrical shapes. The fuel for a fire pit can also vary. Traditionally, fire pits used wood, but EA Quinn can also install fire pits that use alternate fuels like propane or natural gas.

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Fire bowls, tables and columns

These types of fire features are basically variations on the fire pit, but add a bit more design interest. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes and can operate using different fuel types as well.  These also can be installed in multiples of 2 or mixed for a modern landscape design.

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Outdoor fireplace and patio by E.A. Quinn Landscaping.

Outdoor fireplace

Unlike some of the features above, an outdoor fireplace is typically in a fixed location and is central to the outdoor living space’s design. Again, many outdoor fireplaces are built around a kit with a paver or natural stone veneer.

An outdoor fireplace typically features a chimney and can include an attached sitting wall as well as wood storage.


For more information about any of the items above, visit our fire features page or Contact Us. Our experts can help you decide what the best fire feature options are for your outdoor living space.


E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting is the premier provider of landscaping services in the state of Connecticut. Founded in 1984, E.A. Quinn’s team of designers, master gardeners, stonemasons and licensed installers has the experience and knowhow to take on a wide variety of outdoor living landscape designs .