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Focus on Fire Pits

There's something about sitting around a fire that promotes a cozy atmosphere and bonding social time. Here are some factors to consider before adding a fire pit to your backyard.

  1. Type Temporary fire pits are lighter but can easily be moved from one location to another. Permanent pits can't be moved but are sturdier. Your budget may be a determining factor in choosing the type of pit.

  2. Fuel Gas or propane fire pits are great for setting fires quickly and easily. They burn cleanly to create a smoke-free environment, and they can even be controlled via smartphone. You can have your city or gas company conveniently connect your natural gas line to your fire pit. Wood-burning fire pits are delightfully traditional. They’ll fill your yard with a rustic, woodsy smell and burn brightly for that classic outdoor ambiance. Steel firepit logs are an excellent alternative to traditional wood-burning fire pits and eliminate the upkeep that a traditional wood fire pit demands.

  3. Surface area The surface you place your fire pit on is important not only for feel but also for safety. Common options include sand, pebbles, brick, concrete, or stone. If you are building a new patio, will you expand it to include a permanent fire pit? Make sure the flooring and surrounding structures are fireproof or fire-resistant.

  4. Seating Is your purpose to host large gatherings or small, intimate get-togethers? You can use moveable chairs and benches or build stone or concrete benches to match the overall feel of your home and outdoor living space.

  5. Building materials Popular options for fire pit building materials include metal, stone, and brick. Many metals will do just fine, but you need to know which ones are safe to expose to the outdoor weather. Stone fire pits are a popular choice because they look more natural and won’t get damaged by weather. A brick fire pit is durable, lasting a long time with little maintenance.

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