Fire pits are the perfect enhancement to warm on those cold winter nights and set the mood for a romantic evening at home. They instantly add to your home’s aesthetic value and enhance the luxury living experience.
Before you install an outdoor fire pit at your home, here’s what you need to know.
Where you want to place your fire pit is perhaps the first thing you need to focus on. Your location will determine the type of fire pit you invest in, and is a very important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Be specific when picturing a fire pit in your backyard. Where exactly do you wish to have it installed? Are there multiple safe spots within your backyard that can make for a good spot? You’ll need to place it in an area that’s at a safe distance from any flammable structures present in or near your yard.
Moreover, if you decide to install it under a gazebo or at a spot where there are trees, you need to ensure that the overhang is well above the fire pit. You’ll also need to consider the airflow when deciding on the fire pit placement to prevent smoke from hanging in the air when you’re using the pit.
Style & Size
Fire pits come in many different shapes, designs, and sizes. Your choice of fire pit design largely depends on the structure and style of your home, especially the backyard. For an enhanced aesthetic appeal, you should get one that complements your existing backyard design not just in style, but also in shape, color, and material.
For example, if your backyard has neutral tones, a contemporary concrete fire pit will complement the landscape. On the other hand, you can opt for a stonework fire pit for a more rustic ambiance.
Also, take into account your needs and preferences. If you want a fire pit that warms your seat and allows you to rest your feet on the lip, choose one with a lower height.
Finally, read up on the outdoor burning regulations set by the government for the State of Maine. You should also check with your local authorities and city building codes for any specific regulations or restrictions regarding outdoor fire pit placement. These may vary within cities and counties, so make sure you’re up to speed with the regulations for your neighborhood.
For example, some counties allow setting up a fire pit that’s placed at least 10 feet away from fences or buildings. Others first require a site inspection conducted by local fire officials to ensure that your backyard is fire-safe. There may also be regulations on the type of fire pits you can or cannot use such as wood-burning models or smoke-free models that require propane or natural gas. Do your research before you begin to install a fire pit in your backyard!