Finally, we're seeing warmer weather coming which means we can start using our yards in the sun again. In the spring though, the days may be warm, but the nights are chillier than you'd want them to be when sitting out under the stars. That's why fire pits are such a great investment. With the right fire pit, you can create the perfect outdoor living space right in your yard! Here's how.
Keep Warm No Matter How Cold It IsThe skies are clear, the stars are twinkling, and you want to be outside, enjoying it all. With the temperatures still on the cool side though, you just can't sit out there. Portable heaters are an option, but they're expensive for most homeowners. A fire pit is a much better option as it's an investment in your home and it allows you to sit outside when the sun goes down and enjoy a drink or just the company of family or friends with the warm glow of a crackling fire.
Installed or Portable Pit?The first decision you'll have to make is whether you want an installed fire pit that stays in one spot in your yard or one that's moveable. This is a personal decision, and very much depends on how you plan to use it. If there's one spot in your yard that's perfect for an outdoor living space, then the best option might be a permanent fire pit in that space. If you like to move around your yard a lot, or space is at a premium, then a moveable pit is probably best for you. When you're not using it, you can put it away, so you don't have to worry about it taking up valuable room in your yard.
MaterialsNext, you'll need to pick the materials you'll want in your fire pit. In most cases, stainless steel is the way to go. It's easy to care for, and very easy to keep clean. If you're looking for an extra touch of opulence though, copper is becoming very fashionable for outdoor appliances. As for decorative touches, tiling is often seen on fire pits. Stone tiling is the best, as it's fireproof and looks good on permanent fire pits.
Pick the Right FuelThe fuel you choose is important, as it affects the price of using your fire pit. Wood and gas are the two most common fuel types. Wood pits are very popular as they look and smell just like a campfire. You'll also find that the fuel is cheaper, although you may need to chop it yourself before you use it. If you're looking to buy a pit that you can also use as a grill, then gas is the way to go. You can pick up propane tanks easily at most hardware stores, so you’ll always be ready to go.
Accessories for Your PitWhen you buy a gas fire pit, you'll also want to look into the available accessories. For example, regardless of your choice of a permanent or portable pit, when you're not using it, you'll need to store it away with some kind of cover. As mentioned earlier, there are fire pits that you can turn into grills so you can cook outdoors. If that sounds like something you'd like to do, you'll want to buy the additional attachments that will help you do this. Finally, a mesh grill is essential to stop embers from flying out of the fire pit. These are well worth buying if you have children nearby, to keep them safe.
Final PrecautionsNo matter what kind of pit you buy, you'll need to be careful with it. This means ensuring you don't use it too close to walls, trees or other flammable objects. You'll also need to use them on stone or tile floors, rather than wood decking. Fire pits are perfect when the weather is starting to get better, but the nights are still cold. Invest in one today and enjoy clear spring nights in your own yard.
March 8, 201934 view(s)