Propane Fire Pits
Learn all about propane fire pits, from the design options available to optimal safety practices.
Fire pits are becoming increasingly common features of backyards everywhere, but one downside is that you've got to constantly fuel the flame. Propane fire pits solve this issue by making fire as easy as the flip of a switch.
Whenever you're contemplating adding a little flame to your outdoor living space, the first (and probably second and third) considerations should be safety-related, and that starts with location. Your propane fire pit needs to be located away from overhanging tree branches or shrubs, and it should sit on a solid, non-flammable surface if possible. Avoid wooded areas or dry grass, and wherever you place your propane fire pit, make sure there's a water source and a fire extinguisher nearby.
Once you've chosen a location, it's time to choose a design. Many propane fire pit designs are available from home improvement or even "big box" retailers, from traditional, rustic designs to curvy, modern shapes. Bowl shapes are popular, as they also may allow for an attractive, rounded cover on top of the propane fire pit.
Whatever design aesthetic you settle on, you can choose to design the pit yourself, hire a contractor to install it, or purchase it ready-made from a store. If you choose to design the pit yourself, you should have a fundamental understanding of both your local fire codes and experience working with flammable materials and propane. If not, it's highly recommended that you hire a professional or purchase a ready-made or standalone fire pit.
Once you've installed your propane fire pit, the greatest benefit—apart from the hours of enjoyment you'll get from your new outdoor gathering place—is that there's no need to handle or chop wood for it. You can turn on your fire pit with the flick of a switch and bask in the glow of your newly warm and cozy outdoor living space.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas