Nothing is more enjoyable than sitting around the fire on a chilly day or night chit chatting with friends and family, perhaps even roasting a pig. But unless you’re camping, it’s not always advisable to build a fire just anywhere, especially in your yard.
A fire pit is a great way to enjoy your backyard and spend time with friends and family. But how do you go about creating one? Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect outdoor fire pit:
1. Choose the Right Location and Layout
Choosing the right location and layout for your firepit can help ensure safety, comfort, and functionality. With this in mind, you’ll want to pick a spot that’s away (at least 15’) from any trees or other structures that could catch fire. The best location for your pit may also be determined by its type, whether gas or wood.
Also, it should be on level ground so it’s easier to build and more comfortable sitting around. It’s best to build one close to a source of water, for obvious reasons. The right positioning will also help ensure that the users don’t have to sit too close or too far from the fire to enjoy optimal warmth.
2. Choose the Right Size and Type
A fire pit should be big enough to comfortably hold a few people, but not so large that it’s overwhelming. It should also fit well within the chosen spot. In most cases, the fire pit ring (explained below) will determine the size of your fire pit.
3. Choose the Right Materials
When building a fire pit to warm up your winter or chilly nights, you will need a range of different materials, all of which play an important role in erecting the structure. At the very least, some materials you will to choose carefully include:
- Stone or Brick: For the simplest construction, you will need stone or brick for the retaining wall block. These are considered to produce the best results because of their durability.
- Concrete Pavers: You will also need some concrete pavers to go to the bottom of your pit, and these can vary widely depending on the size of your firepit. However, most pavers measure 7 square inches and you can use as many as will fit your fire pit.
- Fire Pit Ring: This is a metallic structure that’s designed to surround the fire pit and contain the fire. Usually made from coated, galvanized steel, an outdoor fire pit ring, especially for backyard fires, may have a diameter of between 36 and 44 inches. Again, you can choose one based on the size of your firepit.
On top of these, you will also need all-purpose sand and some pea gravel, a level, and a shovel. Using the right, quality, and durable materials is also a must if you want to create a functional and enjoyably rewarding firepit in your outdoor space.
4. Using an Outdoor Fireplace Kit: Follow the Instructions
Building a firepit from scratch can sometimes feel like a daunting task, but not when you have a manual to guide you throughout the design process. A fireplace kit typically provides you with stepwise instructions on how to build an outdoor fireplace or fire pit from start to finish. Be sure to follow all the instructions that come with your kit to ensure a safe, stress-free, and successful project.
An outdoor firepit can be a sure way to add a touch of class and elegance to your backyard. It can also be a great way to stay warm on those chilly nights outside. There are many different styles and designs to choose from, so make sure to find one that fits your specific needs. If you are not sure how to install one, you may want to hire a professional to do it for you.