You’ve felt it, I’m sure. A cool settling into summer night and the dimming sky becoming earlier and earlier. It’s almost the end of summer, and it’s time to lighten up the fireplace and prepare for cooler and chillier temperatures. However, don’t panic yet! Outdoor fire pits are becoming more popular. You can enjoy the beautiful outdoors all year round and the comfort of staying warm and taking in natural beauty.
How do you choose the right type of fire pit for your needs? Which should you choose? Which design or shape should you choose? How can you ensure your outdoor fire pit is safe and well maintained? A fire pit isn’t a fireplace or a campfire. It’s an entirely different animal. We have included crucial safety tips and tips to help you choose the right type, shape, function, and cost for your fire pit.
* Are you looking for something permanent or portable?
Before looking into outdoor fire pits for your home, check with the local ordinance to see if they permit fire pits and what types of fire pits are allowed. The next step is to decide whether a permanent or portable fire pit is best for you. Most portable fire pits are made from lightweight metal. Mexican chimeneas, made of clay and cast iron, have a circular design.
The permanent fire pit (or specifically-engineered backyard or patio fire pit), otherwise known as a custom-built or stationary fire pit unit, is made from stone, brick, rock, or concrete; and, to most, is the more aesthetically-pleasing addition to a patio or backyard. Custom made fire pits should be 1-2 feet above the ground for safety and ample use.
* Design and shape?
The type of outdoor fire pit you choose will determine the design and shape. The portables are usually made from copper or metal, with a large bowl design and a metal stand. This bowl can be filled with wood or ceramic logs and fake-burning charcoals if you have a gas hookup. The removable protective screen will also be used. Portables have limited options because they are more functional than beautiful.
* Wood or gas?
Portable and permanent firepits can use either gas or wood. It is important to determine what kind of wood the fire pit is interested in using. Fire pits may burn only regular firewood logs. Older wood is better than new or green, so you’ll need to buy the same kind of cords as you would for a fireplace. To avoid fire hazards and maintain your fire pit, you should not burn pressed wood or firewood (paper-enclosed quick light). Because firelogs are made of sawdust, they burn hotter than firepits made for cordwood.
When looking for outdoor fire pits, the cost is a major consideration. The simplest and most cost-effective way to heat your outdoor space is with a portable fire pit unit. It will usually cost between $150 and $500, depending on the features and accessories the portable fire pit has. Because your portable fire pit is made of lighter, more durable materials that can be easily transported and don’t require costly installation, it won’t need to be permanently or custom-built.
* Safety Precautions and Dangers
While we all enjoy a good fire, it is important to remember that this is a fire. If you don’t follow the fire hazards and take safety precautions, your fire pit can rage out of control. This could cause property damage, sickness, or even death.
Follow the instructions and specifications of professional installers and the manufacturer for choosing which energy source.
Because of clearance issues, fire pits are not permitted on multi-unit homes or apartment buildings.