Propane-fueled fire pits are a growing trend among U.S. homeowners who want to extend their homes into their backyards. "You don't have to actually build the fire, but you still have the great look of the flames," said Home Depot's Stacey Spillman. In a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits and fireplaces were second only to backyard grills among outdoor design features expected to be most popular in 2013.

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