Reminiscent of a flaming meteorite, the Third Rock Fire pit by designer Rick Wittrig is the hottest addition to the outdoor fireplace market. An artist who works specifically with functional steel, Rick Wittrig constructs these spherical heat containers out of carbon steel with an iron oxide finish, causing the pit to slowly darken after each consecutive use, eventually giving it an obsidian tint. The Third Rock Fire pits are roughly 42" tall with a 36" diameter; however, they are all handmade and therefore will likely vary in size.

The quality of these fireplaces is surpassed only by their artistic charm and comforting ambiance. The Third Rock Fire pits embody the appeal that arises from a communal gathering around a fire -- the heat and comfort emanating from the flames, complementing the sense of warmth and community one feels when surrounded by a group of friends.