5 Considerations for a New Backyard Fire Pit
A backyard fire pit is a brilliant addition to your outdoor living space. It’s just that gathering around a fire is an almost irresistible activity! Warm, glowing flames provide the ideal setting for creating memories with family and friends. Ready for your new backyard fire pit? The following are some things to consider, including a few safety tips.
Permanent or Portable Fire Pit?
Custom fire pits can be the centerpiece of an elaborate outdoor living area, and portable fire pits can be moved from place to place but also fit in the same elaborate scene! You really cannot go wrong, whether you choose a permanent fire pit or a portable fire pit. Top benefits of a permanent fire pit involve the help and design of landscaping professionals or skilled contractors. However, you can buy a premade kit that allows you to build your permanent fire pit yourself. Portable fire pits come in various styles. Fire bowls are usually made with copper, cast iron, or steel. You can bring them to the great outdoors as well as enjoying them in your own backyard. Other types of portable “fire pits” include fire tables. Fire tables provide the added pleasure derived from a combination of fire, familiar faces, and food.
Fire Pit Size
The size of your fire pit should be considered, too, because it should be proportional to the seating you plan and the size of your yard or, at least, the outdoor living space in your yard. Small, lightweight metal bowls are among the many options. Another great thing about fire pits is that there is one to fit any budget.
Fire Pit Fuel
Although burning wood is the most popular way to enjoy a fire pit, gas-fueled fire pits can be a perfect choice, too. It all depends on what you want in your fire pit experience. Ease of use is on the side of gas fire pits. Authentic recreations of camp-like settings practically demand wood-burning fire pits.
Fire Pit Placement
There are zoning requirements with regard to the placement of fire pits. A common requirement in many neighborhoods is to ensure that fire pits are at least 10 feet from your home and from any other combustible structure or materials, which includes neighbors’ homes and outdoor woodpiles. Trees and other plants should not be closer than 10 feet, either. Before buying a fire pit, it is always good to check local zoning laws. Some restrictions on fire pits and their placement are specific and limit your options. Wood-burning fire pits plus some gas-fueled fire pits should only be placed under the open sky.
Safety Should Be Number One
The following fire pit advice comes from fire safety experts at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
- Do not use flammable fluids on fires at any time because to do so would be extremely hazardous. For example, DO NOT USE lighter fluid, gasoline, or kerosene.
- Before lighting a fire, check the wind direction and ensure that sparks cannot create an increased risk of an out-of-control fire.
- Prevent pets and children from getting closer to fires than a distance of 3 feet.
- Avoid using the softwoods prone to throw sparks and pop, such as cedar and pine.
- Before lighting a fire in the fire pit, ensure that a bucket of water, garden hose, or fire extinguisher is nearby.
Visit us at Yankee Doodle Stove & Fireplace Center to shop fire pits, fireplaces, stoves, and accessories. We have a great selection and friendly experts who can answer any questions you have. If you are designing a custom fire pit, we would be happy to visit your outdoor space to provide recommendations and insights. Visit us at 848 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT, or call us today at 203-544-8111.