How to Plan for Building a Fire Pit
Make your backyard a hot spot with these helpful hints on how to plan for building a fire pit.
Fire pits are becoming more common features of outdoor living spaces, and they can add real flair (and flare!) to your backyard. You can make sure you fire pit is designed safely and correctly with these tips on how to plan for building a fire pit.
Materials and Structure
"Traditionally, outdoor fireplaces were made of brick and needed a foundation to be laid before they were built," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. Browse pictures of this outdoor living room from HGTV's 2012 Dream Home.
A porthole mirror and potted plants dress up this outdoor fireplace. Courtyard seating faces the fireplace, creating the perfect spot for company and conservation. Design by Chris Johnson
Find the Perfect Fit
Ready for Company
The entertaining deck at HGTV's 2012 Dream Home offers a warm and cozy respite even on the chilliest winter's evening. This fire pit has a modern design and features four separate gas units.
Your first task when planning to build a fire pit is to choose a location. You'll want to ensure that it's a fairly open space, free and clear of overhanging obstacles like tree branches or shrubs. Ashes from the fire pit will tend to float upward, and you wouldn't want to create a fire hazard by placing your fire pit too near any flammable flora.
Next, you'll need to determine whether you're going to build the fire pit yourself, hire a contractor to build it, or purchase a ready-made fire pit or chiminea.
Before setting up a fire pit for your backyard, deck or outdoor living space, be sure to check with your local fire department to ensure that you'll be in compliance with outdoor fire codes. You'll also want to make sure you've set up a sturdy fire pit that's not at risk of tipping over and causing a dangerous situation.
Lastly, whenever using a fire pit, keep a water source nearby in case of an emergency.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas