Essential Tips if You are Considering a Backyard Fire Pit
A backyard fire pit is perfect when you get ready for next-level outdoor living at home. Campfires under the stars never get old. The ambiance of an indoor fireplace is great, but glowing fires are irresistible under the canopy of the sky. If you are considering one of the most popular backyard upgrades, consider the following backyard fire pit tips and information.
Check Local Ordinances and HOA Rules
Local ordinances are unique in every municipality, and open flames in a fire pit may or may not be permitted where you live. When it comes to considering the addition of a backyard fire pit, the best first step is to make sure they are permissible on your property per your HOA.
Decide on a Portable or Permanent Fire Pit
Among your many options for a fire pit is the choice between a portable and a permanent unit. Both have their advantages. A lightweight, portable backyard fire pit makes it possible to choose the best spot for it at a particular gathering. The great thing about a permanent setting for a fire pit is that you can add comfortable seating and an elaborate, scenic setting in the surrounding vicinity.
Choose a Safe Spot for Placement
A fire pit cannot be placed just anywhere. In fact, even where fire pits are permitted, there are typically specific guidelines about placement. For instance, fire pits must usually be at least 10 feet away from your home, other combustible materials, and the neighbors. Other than the sky, nothing should be over a fire pit, whether a tree, branches, the overhang of a building, or a pergola. What is underneath a fire pit is important for safety reasons, too. No combustible materials should be under or around the fire pit.
Consider the Fuel Types
A classic fire pit for wood is a wonderful thing, but it is smart to look at the options available in gas fire pits. The possibilities are astounding, from tables with flames to convenient gas-fueled fire pits in many different sizes, shapes, and styles. If the idea of instantly turning the flames on and off appeals to you, a gas fire pit may be the ideal choice for your backyard.
Be Aware of Sizing
You can choose a fire pit in a wide range of sizes and shapes. For that reason, be sure that the fire pit you choose is the appropriate shape and size for the space where it will be used. The dimensions of your backyard fire pit should be proportional to your yard. There must be plenty of room for air to circulate and for seating positioned a safe distance away.
Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips
Before lighting a fire, make sure the wind direction will not cause the fire’s smoke to blow toward people seated around the fire pit. More fire pit safety tips from fire safety experts are:
- Never use lighter fluid, gasoline, or any other flammable liquids on fires.
- Be sure that pets and children are kept at least three feet away from the fire.
- A garden hose, fire extinguisher, or bucket of water should be kept near the outdoor fire pit.
- Do not wear loose-fitting or flammable clothing such as nylon around the fire.
Shop Outdoor Fire Pits at Yankee Doodle
We have great inventory at our Yankee Doodle showroom, including wood and gas fireplaces. Stop by our store in Wilton CT to speak with experts, as well. If you are considering adding an outdoor fire pit, we can help. Call Yankee Doodle at 203-544-8111 today.