Fire pits are a much more economical way to enjoy an outdoor fire in a relaxed cozy seating arrangement. Many times the fire pit can double as extra seating during the summer months, then can help to extend the outdoor season well into the fall and start up much earlier in the spring. Roasting marshmallows to make smores is great fall family activity, and the clean up is a snap, just hose it off! Bonus tip: pour some citronella oil on the logs- they light quicker and help keep the bugs away. Why not add a fire pit next to your seating bench or along the side of your new patio?