Propane Fire Pits
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.
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
A fire pit is one of the many focal points in this deck's multi-level design. A built-in bench curves around the fire pit for toasty seating on chilly nights. Photo courtesy of Trex
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.
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.
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