The Dos and Don’ts of Building a Fire Pit

Nothing says summer quite like sitting around a fire pit in the evening holding a cool drink and chatting with good friends and family. If you’ve always wanted a fire pit in your own yard, now’s a good time to build one. Here’s some solid advice to consider when building a fire pit in your backyard. 

First and Foremost…

Before you begin building your fire pit, be sure to check with your local government first. Many municipalities don’t allow open fires within city limits, so be sure a fire pit is even allowed before beginning any work. Calling your local fire department is a great place to start to find out what the fire codes are in your area. 

Know What You’re Looking for and Shop Around

How will you use your new fire pit? Will it be used strictly as a backyard entertainment spot or will you want to take it with you when you go camping? If your fire pit will be used in a couple of different places, be sure to purchase a portable model. 

You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a fire pit. Some are enclosed with spark screens while others are wide open. If the price is a consideration, be sure to visit a couple of different stores to compare features and prices to get the pit that best fits your needs and budget. At the same time you purchase your fire pit, remember to get a fire extinguisher, too, to keep handy in case of emergency. 

Always Keep Safety in Mind 

It’s important to consider the size of your yard when building a fire pit. You don’t want to go overboard with a huge fire pit in a small yard. Be sure to allow 10-20 feet around the pit itself to enable you and your guests to maneuver comfortably around it. Check that the pit and its ensuing fire won’t encounter any surrounding trees and/or shrubbery, too. 

Lastly, fire is dangerous and should always be respected. If you don’t feel comfortable installing a fire pit yourself, call in a professional contractor to build one for you. 

Home fire pits can be great fun, so don’t hesitate to build one in your own backyard following the advice listed above.