Things to Consider When Designing a Fire Pit

A fire pit is a great addition to your outdoor living space. The warmth and the glow from the fire pit allow you to enjoy quality time with your family and friends. However, if not designed properly, things can get dangerous for the people surrounding the pit.

Here are some things to consider before designing a fire pit.

Choosing the Materials

The most important thing to consider before designing a fire pit is the material. A common mistake that most people make is that they add stones and bricks to the fire pit. What they fail to understand is that stone and brick can crack and explode when heated. In order to reduce the harm, there should be a lining of stainless steel around the fire pit material. Some gap should also be left between the fire pit material and steel lining. The lining will make the fire pit safe and secure.

The Location of the Fire Pit

It is crucial to determine the exact location where the fire pit needs to be made. If the location is not right, the flow of wind can affect the patio or the surrounding area. The first thing that needs to be clarified is the direction of the wind. You need to make sure that the flow of wind will not make the smoke from the fire pit affect the surrounding areas. If you have a windy property, you may need to install windshields to counter the flow of wind.

Gas or Wood

The traditional way of lighting up fire pit is to use wood. Gas-generated fire pits are also in trend these days. A fire pit lit through gas is easier to use and is much cleaner. A fire pit that runs on gas also does not produce too much smoke, thus keeping the patio and the surrounding areas pollution-free. However, if you want to add a classical feel to your fire pit, you can use wooden logs. The only problem is that burning wood can make your fire pit messier. It also produces a lot of smoke, which makes you feel uncomfortable.

Height and Depth

Another important factor to consider when designing a fire pit is its height and depth. Most homeowners and landscapers tend to make the fire pit very high. It makes the fire pit dangerous for the children who lean over it to roast their marshmallows. The perfect height for a fire pit that keeps the logs from rolling out is between 6 to 12 inches. It is neither too high nor too deep for you to lean in.

Fire Pit Alternatives

Before you install a fire pit, you need to make sure that your house is suitable for a fire pit. Maybe your house is situated in a windy location and installing a fire pit isn’t the best option. However, there are some alternatives to a fire pit. A fireplace is a safer alternative to a fire pit if you live in a windy area. A fire place has a chimney that allows the smoke to escape upwards rather polluting your house. Other alternatives include a gas-powered bowl or a table. These options can maintain the fire feature yet keep your place safe and clean.

Before you make a fire pit, consider the factors mentioned-above factors. Another reasonable way of adding a fire feature to your outdoors is to consult a professional landscaper.  If you are in need of a professional, give Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape a call. We can be reached at (586) 739-6646 or (248) 650-3600.