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Dec 5

Why Outdoor Living Doesn't Stop During Winter - A Guide to Fire Pits

Outdoor living doesn’t need to stop during winter. For the colder months, a fire pit can extend the enjoyment of your backyard. A cozy fire is just the thing to bring together the people you love for roasting marshmallows or creating a luxury environment for a party.

Bringing People Together

People love to gather around a fire. Instead of watching TV every night, fire pits are great for bringing the family together to make s’mores or roast hot dogs. And when the kids go to bed, fire pits are equally suited for romantic nights for two with a glass of wine.

A warm fire also becomes a focal point at gatherings and dinner parties for people to gather around to enjoy a warm drink and good conversation. A fire pit can even be the main reason people are invited to your home when you say, “Come on over, we’re lighting a fire tonight!” Add comfortable seating and you’ve got an event!

Style and Material

You can buy a ready made fire pit or you can build a fire pit yourself out of a variety of materials such as stone, brick, concrete, or metal. With a variety of styles and materials, you can pick the fire pit that best shows off your personality and your home. Keep in mind that heavier stone materials will last longer than lightweight metals.

An increasingly popular option is the fire table. A fіrе table іѕ like а patio table made out of metal, marble, tile, or stone, but wіth a submerged bowl in the center fоr уоur fіrе. Fire tables are a great option because they can be mobile, have surface space for drinks or plates of food, can be either wood burning or gas burning, and many convert to a full table for more surface area.

Gas vs Wood Burning

Wood burning fire pits will give off the most heat and can be used for cooking marshmallows or other BBQ foods. But wood fires can take a bit more effort to start and maintain, give off more irritating smoke, and flying sparks increase fire dangers.

Gas fire pits do not put out as much heat and are not recommended for cooking food, but start with the flick of a switch, which makes them easier to use. Gas fire pits also don’t give off irritating smoke or flying sparks, which makes them safer and more enjoyable. Natural gas fire pits are more expensive to install and cannot be moved, but are easier to maintain; propane fire pits are more mobile, but require propane tanks that can be hard to hide and will need to be refilled.

Safety First

Be sure safety is top of your list! Place your fire pit at lеаѕt tеn feet frоm уоur home, thrее tо fіvе feet frоm any furniture, and remember to look up! Keep a clearance of roughly 30 feet vertically to avoid accidents with low hanging trees or structures.

If using a wood fire pit, do not place it directly on a deck without a fireproof mat and use a spark arrestor or safety screen. Surround your fire pit with a non-combustible surface: dirt, paving stones, or concrete. And make sure to keep a container of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby whenever you light up the fire pit.

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