The pandemic of 2020 caused most of the population to stay in their homes. The home was a place to get away from everyday life trials and tribulations; now, it is a multi-functional place. It is the place for work, school, and even your staycation.
Many homeowners found a solution to improving their homes or outdoor living areas, especially during the pandemic period. They added swimming pools and other features like outdoor kitchens, dining areas, and many pool accessories. So far, the fire pit continues as one of the most popular features to add to a backyard. Not only do fire pits create a place for gathering with family and friends, but it also provides a warm spot for crisp, moonlit nights with toasted marshmallows.
When selecting the right fire pit, it is essential to consider the basics such as available space, budget, and, most important, local ordinances. Other factors go with the cost of adding a fire pit. That includes size, materials, gas or wood, built by a professional, and seating areas. Some customers who are on a budget prefer a small fire that they dig and make themselves. However, our designers work with the client to design the perfect fire pit to go along with a family’s new pool.
Fire features are a focal point in a backyard. We strongly recommend having an integrated design; in other words, a custom-made fire pit based on specifications. As homeowners plan on what they want for their backyard, it is good to go towards permanence.
Choosing Gas or Wood Fire Pits
Now here is a question any homeowner should ask: wood or gas? Some homeowners prefer burning logs. If that’s the case, it needs a considerable supply of timber and a screen. Others prefer conveniences, such as a gas or propane pit for an instant fire with the touch of a button. It won’t crackle or smoke, nor will it be as hot as using wood. Whichever the homeowner wants, it all boils down to the budget. With our experience, we do recommend going with a gas fire pit.
Can Permits and Communities Determine Where the Fire Pit Goes?
Permits, communities, or both can determine if a homeowner can have a fire pit in their backyard. For example, some cities require a ten feet distance from the home structure and neighbors’ yards. Other locations do not require a permit if it has a set size. Some states ask for site inspection from the fire department, ensuring that the pit location is away from fences, structures, overhanging branches. Lastly, some cities have bans on open fires altogether. Check with local officials before planning on building a fire pit.
A fire of any kind, regardless of size, requires safety attention. To stay safe, here are some tips recommended by the National Fire Protection Association:
- Before lighting a fire, check the wind direction.
- Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid, or other flammable liquids to ignite or reignite the fire.
- Do not wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing near fires.
- Avoid using softwoods like pine or cedar. These types of wood can throw sparks and pops.
- Keep children and pets away from the fire.
It’s essential to dispose of the ashes after the fire is out safely. If a homeowner lives in a wildfire-prone area, close the fire pit as required by the homeowner’s insurance. Consult with an insurance agent to understand any potential impact a fire pit may have on your coverage. Remember, safety comes first.