Firepits Add Warmth and Charm to Backyard Gatherings

By: Karen Dybis | May 26, 2021

Photo Courtesy of Coriander Kitchen.

Hanging outside by a warm fire on a summer night is a Michigan thing. You bring family or friends together around a firepit, add some marshmallows or hot dogs and some cozy chairs with blankets and you have a recipe for a memorable night. 

Adding a firepit to a backyard for warm-weather gatherings can be simple if you live out in the country, but you may want to consider a more formal build or structure if you are in the suburbs or an urban setting. That is where having a great example and a helpful retailer comes in handy. Metro Detroit has some of both, thankfully.

A great example of how a firepit can change the feel and looks of a backyard or outdoor gathering space is at Coriander Kitchen. Its canal-side restaurant has outdoor firepits perfect for warming up while enjoying an outdoor meal. The fire pits are a late winter and early spring activity, encouraging people to gather around for a good meal and good conversations. 

To install a firepit at your home, Metro Detroit has several local stores that specialize in outdoor fireplaces, firepits and outdoor furniture that blends a cocktail table with a fire feature. You can use wood, propane or natural gas to fuel your fire feature. You’ll also want to look for a product that has quality components, is made with rust-resistant materials and offers a decorative element if you want it to set a tone for the rest of the backyard. 

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Many of these stores can help you design the backyard firepit area of your dreams. They also can install the firepit or help you set it up at your convenience. Check ahead with your local municipality to find out what is possible and pay a visit to these stores to learn more about what options are the best for your home and family. 

Shores Fireplace and BBQ

St. Clair Shores is home to one of the longest-running stores that focuses on fireplaces and patios. Shores Fireplace and BBQ is proud of its 45 years of experience in helping families design and install fireplaces, outdoor living features that include kitchens as well as firepits that use gas or wood. They also offer in-home estimates on projects that will make your backyard as functional as your kitchen or living room.


American Fireplace and Barbecue

Head to the Ferndale showroom of American Fireplace and Barbecue if you’re dreaming of outdoor firepits and summertime cooking in the Great Outdoors. This location has more than 80 life fire features to show you for your consideration. They also have a custom-design center to help create the firepit and barbecue center that will make outdoor gatherings that much better. 

Michigan Fireplace and Barbecue

This family-owned business has been helping people put together great backyard spaces since 1976. The Troy showroom has nearly two dozen fireplaces to consider, a full line of barbecues and smokers as well as firepits of every size and configuration. They also can help with installation across Metro Detroit. 

Bourlier’s Barbecue and Fireplace

If you want selection, then head to this Royal Oak showroom. Bourlier’s has a huge 8,000-square-foot area with fireplaces, tools and firepits a plenty. They will help you find a custom solution for your outdoor dining and s’more-making needs as well as help you enhance the rest of your backyard with the equipment you’ll need for a great gathering. 


If you want style and a great firepit, then check out this Royal Oak location of Yardbird, a national outdoor furniture and fire-feature retailer. What makes its selection unique is it specializes in recycled materials on its products, making sure its patio furniture and related products are sustainable and recyclable now and in the future. Your firepit will serve to entertain and protect the environment at the same time.