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Considerations When Designing a Backyard Fire Pit

Outdoor living spaces have become essential—and what took us so long? Fire pits especially create an irresistible backyard destination. Gathering around a fire with friends and family is ideal, whether simply enjoying one another’s company, roasting marshmallows, swapping stories, or staying warm on a cool, crisp night. To get the most out of your backyard fire pit design, the following are a few things to take into consideration.

Location

Fire pit Installation Services in Oconomowoc WIStart out your fire pit design plans by determining whether local fire codes place restrictions on fire pits. There may be specific guidelines for their use where you live. For instance, a fire pit will likely need to be the standard distance of 10 feet from dwellings and other combustible materials.

Safety

Fire is something that seems to evoke a positive response in all of us, and perhaps that goes all the way back to the caveman days.

 

Be careful that in the midst of your enthusiasm you put safety first as you choose the spot for your fire pit. A few tips follow:

Consider the effects of wind that could blow cinders into nearby grass, shrubs, or other tinder that might quickly ignite.

Leave plenty of walking space around the fire pit so that it is safe to walk past or around it without a risk of falling in or being burned.

Get the help of a professional who is familiar with local fire codes and fire pit placement. In and around the Burlington WI area, the experts to call are at Burlington Fireplace & Heating.

Usage

Although the fire pit itself is inviting, the location is also important. Choose a place for your fire pit that will best enhance the enjoyment of open fires. If you have waterfront property, the most scenic setting for your fire pit may be near the water. For frequent use, putting a fire pit as close to your home as is safely possible may be best. Wherever you place it, be sure that there is ample room for the type of seating you plan to use.

A Permanent or Portable Fire Pit?

Permanent Fire Pits

Fire pit installations in Oconomowoc WIIf you are going to install a permanent fire pit, it is usually best to choose a style, shape, color, and materials that will coordinate well with the surroundings. You can use premade kits that have all that you need or go for a fully customized fire pit. In addition to a designer and builder, the experts at Burlington Fireplace can help to ensure that your permanent fire pit has the qualities to ensure long-term satisfaction. We can help you determine the best location and make the right choices that relate to the heat output you want, practicality, finish options, and more.

Portable Fire Pits

Portable fire pits are often preferred for the versatility of being able to move them from one place to another. Fire bowls are usually made of steel, cast iron, or copper. Fire tables are another type of option. They provide space for food and drinks, which can only add to the fun.

Type of Fuel

The most common types of fuel used for fire pits are wood and gas, whether propane or natural gas. The ambiance of crackling fires that help mimic all the joys of camping can only be recreated with firewood. Gas-fueled fire pits are remarkably convenient and are no less appealing as backyard destinations.

Contact Burlington Fireplace & Heating Today

Among the many reliable services offered by Burlington Fireplace & Heating, we offer a selection of built-in fire pits, fire tables, wood-burning pits, gas-burning fire pits, and much more. We also provide comprehensive chimney sweep services. Contact us today! Call Burlington Fireplace & Heating at 262-763-3522.

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