The forefather of the fire pits is the hole, dug in the ground. It had two main destinations: to prevent fire from spreading, and to retain heat for cooking. Modern fire pit fulfill the same functions. But it is used rather for decoration as for cooking.
A need fire, made in the garden or in the open terrace, leaves an unforgettable impression. But it is undesirable to light a fire in the garden. And not every owner of the garden plot would agree to sacrifice his lawn. The fire pit prevents fire from spreading by retaining the borders of the bonfire. Little portable models and some of the stationary models are equipped with protective caps, to protect surrounding objects and people from sparkles. All the ashes, coals and unburned pieces of wood remain inside the pit, instead of spreading all over the garden plot.
The bonfire is no longer used for heating or cooking. Walls and castles assumed its protective functions, but need fire is still considered as the symbol of live and warmth. Bonfire makes even warm summer evening bonfire more comfortable and cheerful. The creation of such atmosphere is considered as the main destination of the fire pit. It is hard to call this function simply aesthetic. But the fire is still treated as one of 3 things, which can be contemplated forever. So, the fire pit will make the rest on your garden plot unforgettable.