The evenings are starting to cool off as we move into the fall season. Spending time in your outdoor living space will soon require some extra warmth with sweaters, hot cocoa, and best of all, a fire pit. There are many great reasons to add a fire pit to your outdoor collection; bonding with family and friends, having the experience of camping (without having to sleep on the ground), outdoor cooking, extra warmth, additional backyard lighting, and creating a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Fire pits also make the perfect grounding/focal point for your backyard landscape.
Before you go out and purchase a fire pit though, make sure you take a few things into consideration. Ask yourself what you want to use it for? Most types are universal in their usage, but if you plan on using it for cooking as well as outdoor gatherings, then a wood burning fire pit is probably your best option. Food cooked over a gas fire pit is perfectly safe to eat, however, it can leave drips of grease or food on delicate ceramic logs, sand, or glass. Wood burning fire pits are also more cost-efficient than buying propane tanks or running gas lines.
Another good question to ask yourself is where will you put your fire pit? Make sure you have a level space that is at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface (including foliage and trees). You may also need to check your local codes and regulations for any restrictions they may impose in your community.
After considering the first two questions, you should be able to determine whether or not you will want to get a permanent fire pit or a portable one. This will also help you determine what material your fire pit is made out of as well as the type of fuel you will need, and what kind of seating you want to add to your new gathering spot. And when all is said and done, you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy your outdoor living space for a few more months.