Fire pits are a fall and winter delight. Most folks want one in their backyard and the easiest method is to go by Home Depot or Lowe's and pick up a metal one and set it up nice and neat and sit around, but what you plan to use your fire pit for is critically important to finding the right match.
Do you want to cook on it?
Do you want it to be a decorative element so when it is not burning, it still looks beautiful in your yard?
Do you want stable style or in the ground?
Do you want a theme like summer camp bonfire or beach seafood boil joy?
Do you want to make it out of repurposed items?
Once you know what you want to use your fire pit for, it becomes apparent what the ideal match is.