Fire Pits: What You Need to Know Before Getting One

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Since the earliest days of history, fire has been a part of mankind’s habits. It is a heat source for cooking and staying warm, can be used to create other items (metalworks) and is quite often a part of entertaining- especially through the use of a fire pit! In recent years, fire pits have become especially popular for homeowners who are looking for a way to make their outdoor area more useful because they offer not only a gathering place as people congregate near the fire pit but a bit of heat as the day turns into dusk and beyond.

If you do not have a fire pit as a part of your landscape design, then there are a few things you need to consider. These are the location, size, and type of fire pit to be added.

In the Know about Fire Pits

Before embarking on the quest for the perfect fire pit, make a few minutes to get the following information:

Are there any local restrictions or requirements? 

Depending on your neighborhood/HOA there could be some specifications about the types of fire pits that are acceptable, as well as the size or permanency of the fire pit. Other potential regulations are-

  • Where the fire pit is placed due to the environment
  • If you must use smoke-fire pits
  • Is there a set number of feet from fencing or buildings

What’s your style?  

Firepits can be small or large, and virtually any shape. Ideally, you want a fire pit design that compliments your existing landscape and has features that work for your family’s needs. Something to consider if you want a more majestic fire element is to have an outdoor fireplace built.

Do you want seating around the fire pit? 

Because fire pits are typically a gathering place, most homeowners want some type of seating space. Your seating areas should be far enough away from the pit to safely walk around it. For built-in seating, you should work with a professional construction team.

What’s the difference between wood-fired pits and gas fire pits?

While both will produce heat, wood fire pits offer the traditional sounds of fire crackling and require you to keep firewood or kindling on hand. With gas firepits, you get the benefits of warmth but without the smoke of a traditional fire.

In regards to gas firepits, you will need to choose between propane or natural gas. While propane saves on the cost of having to have a gas line installed, you also have to figure where to hide the propane tank so that it is easy to access but hidden.

Portable or permanent? 

A permanent fire pit is a great way to simplify a party set up. You just need to be sure it coordinates with the color, style, shape, and the materials you already have in your yard. You might also opt for the permanency of an outside fireplace.

If you think that you will want to transport your fire pit to different locations, then you may want to opt for a fire bowl. The fire bowls are made of copper, steel, or cast iron and can be used with propane or natural gas.

Fire pits are a great way to encourage connecting with each other as well as with nature. They offer a warm and inviting spot to relax all year round. Talk to the Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces team to learn how we can add a fire pit to your landscape.


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