Outdoor Fire Pit Setup Done Right

Key considerations in designing the fitting fire-fueled al fresco arrangement with outdoor fire pits and other options. By Danielle Taylor

Credit: UniFlame Corp. photo

Credit: UniFlame Corp. photo

Whether you favor a tasteful fire pit at the patio, an out of doors hearth for max warmth or a backyard bonfire made for toasting marshmallows, outdoor fires have a definite magic that makes any get-together unforgettable. To construct a successful blaze that gives a chilled respite, take a look at the subsequent guidelines.

  1. Before you begin planning your design, refer to your local code enforcement office to be told whether there are any restrictions on your area. Some areas, particularly western states susceptible to wildfires, have strict regulations in place concerning the design and placement of your fire site, in addition limitations on what and once you can burn. Ensure you’re in compliance before you break ground to bypass a costly hassle in a while.
  2. Consider the aim and aesthetic effect you would like your fire to have. an off-the-cuff bonfire intended for late-night hot-dog roasts may be so simple as a woodpile ringed by stones in a cleared corner of the backyard. Alternately, a water fountain/fire pit combination centered on a paver-stone patio can create a blinding display for a recent residence. But this type of design will not be good for heat.
  3. Safety first. The spits and pops of a wood-fueled fire, especially, can send potentially dangerous sparks far beyond your fire ring, and windy conditions can carry burning embers into your surrounding woods. Establish a large fireproof perimeter, fabricated from bare earth, brick or stone, and keep a garden hose nearby in case of an accidental flare-up.
  4. Fires automatically draw people close, so plan ahead for seating in your guests. Adirondack chairs provide a soothing option that users can move towards or far from the fireplace, reckoning on their preference. Although plastic varieties will likely work fine for smaller fire pits that don’t radiate much heat, larger fires may warp the fabric, so choose a sturdier option if you’re planning on a larger blaze.