Before You Build That Backyard Fire Pit
As a homeowner, you no doubt have looked for ways to make your home as comfortable as possible. You may have upgraded appliances and renovated parts of the house, and if you have been interested in outdoor relaxation you might have looked at ways to improve your backyard. Having a fire pit installed for multi-purpose use is one alternative to improving backyard functionality and entertainment opportunities, but before you head to the outdoor recreation shop you ought to give yourself pause and consider a few things.
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you make any calls or head to a masonry for the bricks and other construction materials:
1) What type of fire pit should be installed? Fire pits come in a variety of sizes and styles. A simple model may be a large copper or stone bowl for burning the wood that is portable so you can move it from your deck to your yard when the mood strikes. The chiminea, that outdoor fireplace with the bulbous bottom and chimney-shaped top, is also a popular style for outdoor recreation. Also, you have the option of having a stationary pit built – a brick or stone structure that can be used for outdoor fires or even grilling. Wood and gas might be used in these types of elaborate pits.
2) Should a professional install it, or should I do it myself? If you are interested in an advanced setup that requires installation of a propane tank or a gas line, you may want to contact a contractor that specializes in this sort of construction. If you plan to buy a portable fire pit, there isn’t too much work to do, though you should make certain the pit is placed in a safe place.
3) Will it be used? A fire pit is nice to have in the backyard, but what good is it if you do not use it often? Before you commit to the expense, know that this is something that will be used any time of year, and used safely.
4) How much will it cost? Fire pits will range in price from fifty dollars to several hundred, depending on the setup. You definitely want to shop around for the style and price that best suits your budget.
When you know for certain a backyard fire pit is the perfect complement to your outdoor recreation, visit your local home recreation shop for ideas on creating an inviting and cozy environment for your family.