There is something about an inky black sky overhead and the warm glow of a campfire lighting up your friends' and families' faces that brings one serenity and joy. You don't have to experience these moments only on rare camping trips — you can install a fire pit right in your own backyard to light up those summer nights. Before rushing out to purchase a fire pit, read through the following three details to consider so you can be sure to choose the right one.
#1: Where is the best location?
You need to know the type of space you are working with when you choose a fire pit. Safety is paramount. The fire pit should be 10 or more feet away from buildings and trees, and there should be no power lines, awnings, or trees overhanging the pit. You also don't want to install it over exceptionally uneven ground or ground with protruding roots, as this can pose a tripping hazard near the fire. Make sure to also check with local codes, as there may be specific placement, size, and fuel restrictions on fire pits in your municipality.
#2: Why do you want it?
Take some time to imagine how you would like to use the fire pit. If you want something to just provide a bit of light and maybe some warmth while you sip wine and converse, then there are glass and rock fire pit tables that look very classy. On the other hand, if you imagine a campfire-like fire pit to grill hot dogs and roast marshmallows over while exchanging ghost stories, then a custom iron fire pit or a beautifully built stone fire pit will be a better choice. You can even have an entire fire pit masonry patio installed. The centerpiece, of course is the fire pit, but the built in brick benches ensure it is the perfect place to gather.
#3: Which fuel source fits your needs?
Fuel is important, as well. You have two choices, wood or gas, with the gas options consisting of natural gas and propane. Wood is the best option if you want a fire pit to cook over, or if you crave the smell of wood smoke while sitting under the stars. Gas is the better options if you don't want to worry about ash and soot cleanup, prefer the look of flames over cooking over them, and you want something you can turn on and off with the flick of a switch. Choose natural gas if you have a line already running into your home. Propane, supplied via portable tanks, is a good option if you don't have a natural gas line.
With a little forethought and planning, your new fire pit can make your backyard the place to be for summer fun. Contact a fire pit dealer in your area to learn more.