There’s something about a fire that draws us into its mesmerizing beauty. It’s the perfect way to find comfort, warmth, and relaxation after a long day. Fires are also a great option for gathering around and socializing with friends and family. That’s why fire pits are such a popular choice for any outdoor patio or yard – it’s the perfect addition to any landscape layout.
Not to mention, it adds quite a bit of return on your investment might you want to sell your home in the future. We’ve installed quite a wide variety of fire pits at Scenic Landscaping, so we want to give you some ideas, some insight, and some tips as far as fire pit installation goes.
FIRE PIT INSTALLATION PROCESS
The first thing we’ll want to think about is the placement of the fire pit, with all things considered. Determining where the fire pit will be installed is most important, as it sometimes requires a bit of some remodeling or renovation work prior to fire pit installation. Also take into consideration and prepare for the type of design of fire pit that best fits the aesthetic of your home. We have plenty of options for you to choose from, to best complement the surrounding landscape, as well as different types of fuels for your fire pit.
The actual installation process is relatively simple, but it does take some careful planning, depending on the outdoor landscape where the fire pit is being set up. For a fire pit to be installed, space – where the fire pit is going to be setup – must be cleared out. This means that grass, sod, and dirt must all be removed. From that, a gravel base can then be formed, and this gravel base serves as the foundation of the fire pit, giving it stability. Then, when the land has been cleared out and the base has been formed, the rest of the fire pit can be built up and installed.
THE LOCATION OF THE FIRE PIT
The biggest factor to consider when thinking about the location of the fire pit is overall safety. As a good rule of thumb, it should be placed at least ten feet away from your house, your neighbors’ houses, and all fire hazards, including bushes, tree limbs, fences, wooden sheds, etc.
You will also want to contact your homeowners association as well as any city/town municipal office, as codes and regulations on fire pits may differ by community and county – even within Hartford County and Rocky Hill. It’s probably not a bad idea to double-check with your insurance company to make sure that’s covered, as well. The exact size of the fire pit will depend on the size of your outdoor landscape, the size of the fires you would like to create, and how many people will be surrounding the fire pit at any given time.
The exact size of the fire pit will depend on the size of your outdoor landscape, the size of the fires you would like to create, and how many people will be surrounding the fire pit at any given time. After all, you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty of room, but at the same time, ensure that everyone can feel the warmth of the fire. That’s where the design of the fire pit comes into play. There is a wide variety of different fire pit designs that you can find online, so there’s a good chance that at least one of them will suit your aesthetic and practical needs.
FIRE PIT DESIGN IDEAS
Today, there are thousands of excellent fire pit design ideas. Each one of these fire pit design ideas is a little bit different from one another, yet each one offers a wonderful aesthetic and an easy and functional way of making and maintaining a nice fire.
One of the most common fire pit designs is that of a round stone fire pit. Round stone fire pits are extremely affordable, since they consist entirely of bricks and stones, and they are also very easy to install. They may not be as aesthetically pleasing as some of the other contemporary fire pit designs, but they work very well and have a certain charm.
Metal is a wonderful material for a fire pit since it’s able to keep the flames from burning logs contained within the metal. Because of that, and the fact that metal is quite cheap, more and more people are designing simple fire pits that consist of metal sheets that are set-up in a large square. If higher-quality metals are chosen, the fire pit will last longer and it will look more beautiful.
For people who have a patio in their backyard, a sunken fire pit is a great choice. Sunken fire pits not only look beautiful – assuming, of course, that the patio looks good and that the fire pit uses aesthetically pleasing materials – but they receive less wind, allowing the fire to last for a longer period of time.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIRE PITS
Let’s consider whether you would like the fire pit to work with natural gas, propane, or wood. Each one of those options has its advantages and disadvantages. For a natural gas fire pit, a natural gas line will typically need to be connected to the fire pit, while a propane fire pit will simply just have a tank attached to it.
If you develop a fire pit that works with wood, you will need to put wood in the fire pit, and this will produce a strong crackle to the flames. Careful, though, as with wood fires (especially soft woods like cedar and pine) there tends to be a lot of “crackling” and “popping” that happens, so there is a greater risk of lose embers. Gas fire pits are a bit more controlled, and although they don’t have the traditional “crackling” of the fire, it’s easier to maintain and there are less safety hazards. There are even some fire pits that allow for both wood and gas to be fueled (you can switch between both types)!
When it comes to fire pit installation, Scenic Landscaping will help you make the best decision to fit your budget, your lifestyle, your patio goals, and your surrounding landscape.