Fire pits! It’s the perfect time of year to relax in your backyard with a nice soothing fire and a glass of wine, or make s’mores with the kids. Fire pits are a great addition to your outdoor space. There are many things to think about before moving ahead with your fire pit project.
One of the most important things to consider when thinking about adding a fire pit to your yard, is the space that you would put it in to ensure safety. Standard fire pits and fire pit rings usually are 20″ to 45″ inches in diameter. It’s recommended to leave at least 7 feet of space from the fire pit to your home or any permanent fixtures in your yard. This keeps your building safe and also allows for you and your guests to have plenty of space to pull up a chair around the fire.
Another thing to think about is how you will be fueling your fire. The most common choices are wood, natural gas and propane. Let’s talk about a wood burning fire pit. Generally speaking, a wood fire pit needs plenty of space to ventilate so it is both enjoyable for you and if the wind picks up you don’t have to worry about smoke. Many wood fire pits use a metal liner inside the stone or concrete block. Liners help preserve the quality of the stone so that it doesn’t turn black and also redirect the heat upwards.
A natural gas fire pit requires existing home access to natural gas. A line will have to be run from your home to the fire pit, meaning a more permanent structure. A gas-fueled fire pit controls the heat and flame better, so you are able to enjoy in a smaller area. On the other hand, propane fire pits are your most portable option. Propane fire pits tend to be smaller and top out at lower temperatures and flame outputs. It does require that you monitor your supply of propane. Typically, propane is easier to find than to store wood. The portability is another great feature, because you can remove the fire pit when not in use. Which is important to help ensure the safety if there are small children or pets at the home, if it is a rental property as well as help to keep it out of snow or rain.
An additional thing to consider is if you want your fire pit to be permanent or portable. It all depends on your needs and lifestyle. If your backyard is filled with kids toys, it may be best to have a portable fire pit to ensure both safety and space when not in use. If your looking to add more relaxation to your property and star gaze then you may be best suited for a permanent fire pit.
Now that you’ve given it some thought, what have you decided upon? Check out our next blog for part 2 of our fire pit discussion.