It’s hard to beat a night with friends gathering around a crackling fire on a cool evening, roasting marshmallows, enjoying a beverage, and sharing stories. A well-designed outdoor fire pit area can elevate your outdoor space, turning it into a cozy and inviting respite area for relaxation and entertaining.
While enjoying a fire pit area is easy, designing the perfect setup takes a bit of planning. This article explains what to consider when planning your project. As a reminder, Bushelman Supply is taking 10% off all fire rings, fireplaces, and fire pit kits throughout October.
Planning, Location, and Regulations
Choosing the right location is the first step in designing your outdoor fire pit area. First and foremost, ensure that your space is a safe distance from your home, trees, etc. Especially on windy nights, flying coals could become dangerous without ample separation from flammable structures.
As a general rule, any time you build anything on your property, you should review local regulations to ensure you’re in compliance. Most homeowners will be fine with a fire pit area, but confirming beforehand is always a good idea.
Finally, when determining your location, think about the prevailing wind patterns and the sun’s location during evening hours. Low-wind areas are preferable, and keeping your fire pit area out of the sun helps to preserve furniture and other accessories.
Choosing the Right Fire Pit
Selecting the right fire pit is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. There are several options, including built-ins, portable, and gas or wood-burning choices. Read below for a brief description of each:
Built-in Fire Pit
Built-in fire pits are a permanent and often customizable option (we can help with that). We can utilize several materials, including stone, brick, or concrete. We recommend choosing one that complements your outdoor decor.
Portable Fire Pit
Portable fire pits are versatile and easy to move around, making them ideal for homeowners who may want to change their hangout area’s location occasionally. They come in various styles and sizes, making them suitable for smaller spaces and ideal for those on a budget.
Explore Materials, Lighting, and Design
The hardscapes you choose for your fire pit and surrounding area play a significant role in the overall aesthetics of your space. Regardless of the exact material you choose, surround your fire pit with heat-resistant stone, brick, or concrete. These not only enhance safety but also create a visually appealing space.
Seating is crucial to the fire pit experience. Of course, you want to ensure everyone has a place to relax but keep in mind that you don’t need space for 25 chairs, even if you have that big party once each year. When it comes to the type of seating, you have a range of options, including stone benches, Adirondack chairs, outdoor couches, and many others.
Lighting also helps set the ambiance for your space. String lights add a charming touch, while solar-powered path lights make lighting easy and convenient (and affordable). Remember, you and your guests will be walking around an open flame, and safety should be a priority!
Choose Your Fire Pit Accessories
Once you have your setup ready for fall night gatherings, it’s time to add the finishing touches. If you’re concerned about wayward sparks and embers, a fire pit screen can be a great way to avoid this issue. For those who like to cook over an open fire, adding a grate to your fire pit is a great way to capture that smoky flavor.
Since firewood is necessary for nearly all types of fire pits, a large, dry storage box or covered area is highly recommended. Many great fire nights have been ruined by wet firewood, so this affordable accessory should be a priority.
Finally, consider a few safety precautions. While you hope you’ll never need it, having a fire extinguisher nearby can be a lifesaver in an emergency. Consider keeping one in your firewood dry box, just in case.
Begin Your Fire Pit Project with a Call to Bushelman Supply
Designing the perfect outdoor fire pit area is a rewarding project that can transform your backyard into a spot where all your friends and family can gather. By carefully planning your layout, selecting the right fire pit, and paying attention to safety considerations, you can create a space that brings warmth and togetherness to your outdoor gatherings.
Bushelman Supply is Cincinnati’s leader in creating unforgettable outdoor living spaces. Whether you’re ready to begin construction or have questions about the process, contact a team member by calling 513-771-9121 today, and we’ll help give you the space you’ve always wanted.