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Before I write about some fire pit ideas and designs for your place, I have to help you find out if a fire pit is a good idea for your backyard. There are several factors to consider before building a fire pit in your home, so I have a list here of the most important factors to take in consideration before start building a fire pit in your home.
1- Know the law:
The most important, and the first thing you need to consider is the law. You always have to make sure that your local law allows burning units in your home. Some cities don’t care about fire pit installation as long as you follow certain guidelines. Other times, they will allow burning units like gas fire pits as long as they operate ONLY with propane gas, and no wood. However, there are also cities that won’t allow fire pit installation at all.
There’s nothing more disappointing than to spend money on a project to later find out you’re not allowed to use it. We know the guidelines to follow during fire pit installation, but we’re not familiar with every city’s ordinances. You’ll have to find out by yourself if your city allows fire pit installation by asking your Fire Department. We can’t do it because sometimes they require a lot of information about the home and home owner. You’ll have to do it yourself.
2- Know your budget.
It’s good to have in mind the type of money you want to spend on this project. If you want a fire pit but you’re gonna blow your budget, it may not be a good idea to have one. However, I can give you fire pit ideas, designs and possible materials if you know the type of money you want to spend.
I can tell you ideas that go from a couple hundred to a few thousands bucks. If you are planning on spending a little more, we can build fire pit benches, or recommend you nice accessories that go with your design. It’s always good to have an idea of the money you want to spend.
3- Backyard Space:
Once you’ve answered the first two questions. It’s time to focus on your backyard space. I can tell you that space is not an actual problem for building a fire pit in your backyard as long as you keep an open mind about the project.
A lot of people have very small backyards but they chose to built a corner firepit to save space and keep their backyard open and completely functional for other activities. You can tell us about the available space that you have in mind for this job, or I can personally give you some great ideas on where to build your fire pit as soon as I see your backyard.
4- The personality of your home and what type of fire pit would reflect it.
If your house is a humble, warm place you could get away with installing a non-expensive inground steel fire pit. Still, you may want us to build something nice that can add more personality to your home, and by allowing me to look at your place I can give you fire pit ideas (forms, designs, etc.) that go with your house personality.
5- The materials you want to use.
If you don’t know the materials you want to use I can help you to make a smart decision. There are several types of materials available for fire pits: pavers, natural stone, concrete, bricks, concrete blocks, steel, etc. Obviously, if you want to have a steel fire pit installed, it’s better to buy a fire pit table online, and let us install it for you if you don’t feel comfortable doing it by yourself.
6- Gas fire pit, or a wood burning fire pit?
As I told you before, you need to know your law, if there are no problems at all with installing a fire pit in your home, then you have a couple of choices to consider: gas or wood.
Personally, I think there’s nothing better than the crackling sounds and smoky scent provided by wood. Wood is inexpensive and provides large, warm flames for your home. Obviously, it’s more complicated to start a fire wood if you don’t want to use flammable liquid, and you may need to stay outside until the wood fire is off. This also requires cleaning up your fire pit the day after.
Gas is very convenient and your fire pit lights instantly. You can also turn it off quickly and you don’t have to clean up afterwards. Gas is obviously more costly, and it doesn’t provide the same warmth and size of fire of a wood burning flame.
Well, now you know if a fire pit is a good idea for your place! I hope this was really helpful for you. Make sure to come back for more information and please, feel free to share this article with your friends!
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