Turn up the heat

A fire pit enlivens any outdoor space.

By Maggie Theodora

Ninety percent of the clients of landscape architecture firm Agrostis want a fire element in their yard. “Regardless of the style of design or overall aesthetic, if someone sees a fire element, they instinctively know that is the place where people congregate,” says Jason Snider, cofounder of Agrostis with Heath Kuszak. “In Jackson Hole, a fire pit can extend the usability of an outdoor space beyond summer into typically colder seasons, and allow people to be outside almost year-round.” Danette Burr Dixon, whose company Style Jackson Hole has staged home and/or fashion campaigns in the valley for clients including Ralph Lauren, Pottery Barn, and Dooney & Bourke, puts it more simply: “Fire pits are such an easy way to literally warm up an outdoor space and create a cozy setting, and celebrate being outside.” Here are some fav fire pits from local pros who have installed, or even made, more than a few.


Jackson-made

“No two of my artisan bonfires are the exact same,” Jackson local Shannon McCormick says. “I can get close depending on the materials I have, but right now, every fire pit is different in some way, shape, form, size, or color.” McCormick uses high-heat paint to customize colors. “This is paint that will last, but it also means that you can repaint it a different color every year if you want. That’s kind of fun,” he says. From $425, available directly from McCormick and also at Fighting Bear Antiques and Penny Lake Cooperative, 307/413-3032


Italian style

The Italian-made Toast fire pit from Ak47 is “a cool, steel wood-burning fire pit that incorporates wood storage,” Jason Snider says. Also, it serves both of its functions—fire pit and wood storage—while being eye-catching. This fire pit makes a statement: “My owner has discerning, unique style.” The top is oxidized steel and the legs are galvanized steel. At fifty inches by fifty inches, it’s ideal for small- to medium-size spaces. Add the dedicated stainless steel grill kit—sold separately—to turn Toast into a BBQ. From about $4,000, +39 0341 286547, ak47design.com


Timeless

The Baltic Rectangle Fire Table from Woodland Direct is “beautiful, with a sleek, organic, ‘mountain modern’ look,” Danette Burr Dixon says. Made from lightweight fiber-concrete and heavy gauge steel, it’s not the best option if you’d like something portable. “But if you’re looking for a timeless look, this is a great choice,” she says. $1,599, available at woodlanddirect.com


Mother Nature’s candle

The Grand Candle isn’t a new idea—Swedes have been making something similar for centuries, called Swedish Torches. Local artist Bland Hoke gave these temporary fire pits Jackson Hole flavor: They’ll all made from logs he finds locally. After Hoke finds the log he wants, he cuts it up and then hollows out the pieces. Logs are further prepared for fire by having some wax and a giant wick placed inside, so they’ll ignite more effectively. A small Grand Candle, about ten inches in diameter and about sixteen inches tall, will burn for approximately two hours. A large one, about sixteen inches in diameter and twenty inches tall, will burn for about four hours. Hoke and a partner also design and manufacture steel pans that can be used to cook on top of a Grand Candle. From $35, 307/690-0097, 1215 Gregory Lane, Suite 102, thegrandpan.com


Spacey

The eclipse might have been last year, but if you’re still obsessed with outer space, Fire Pit Art hires Tennessee artisans to make forty-one-inch diameter, steel fire pits whose wide-ring design is inspired by the planet Saturn. The model’s official name (so you can shop for it online) is a mouthful—Fire Pit Art 41-in W Iron Oxide Patina Steel Wood-Burning Fire Pit—but that’s where its unwieldiness ends. “This is a gorgeous fire pit that is both rustic and contemporary,” Burr Dixon says. Expect its iron-oxide finish to darken over time, but its carbon steel construction withstands all weather conditions and requires no maintenance. $1,090, available at lowes.com


Custom

This wholly custom fire pit by Agrostis takes on the rustic character of the boulders used in the nearby retaining wall, which defines the surrounding stone terrace and lawn. “Each boulder was hand-selected to properly fit the space, and each terrace stone was scribed to fit the unique border faces for a clean, finished look,” Snider says. From $7,000, 307/413-1883, agrostisinc.com


Take it with you

“Portable fire pits are always fun,” Style Jackson Hole’s Burr Dixon says. “The Firebowl [from SunnyDaze Decor] is only thirty inches in diameter and has handles, making it perfect to use for events, parties, and general fun.” Two holes in the bottom allow for drainage. Brass tack style detailing along the top edge gives its otherwise contemporary look a little western flair. We love its affordability, too. $150, available online at wayfair.com


Concrete, done better

“[Hart Concrete Design] does some cool things with concrete fire pits,” Agrostis’ Snider says. The rectangular Boardform Plaza and Block Quadra models come in eight different colors, a range of sizes, and can be ordered for a local natural gas hookup or a hard line hookup. Since they’re concrete, both of these models will last forever, even in our extreme climate, although they’re not easy to move around. Hart also does custom designs that Snider says are relatively affordable. From $2,300, 866/716-4278, hartconcretedesign.com


 

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