Fire pits and summer go hand in hand. There is something about gathering around a fire in the evening with friends and family that is instinctively human. Fire pits draw people together and are an ideal place to relax, tell stories and get to know the people in your life a little bit better. If you’re thinking about adding a fire pit to your yard, here are a few design ideas to consider as you make a fire pit that is perfect for you.
Built-in or mobile
It’s typical to think of fire pits as a built-in feature of a yard, but mobile fire pits are equally common and have their own benefits. Movable fire pits are readily available at many garden supply and hardware stores. They come in a wide range of styles and designs and are easy to move around your property. However, movable fire pits tend to only last a season or two before they begin to deteriorate.
Build-in fire pits are much more durable, can last many, many years and require minimal maintenance. They also allow for more permanent design elements like a patio or seating areas.
Above- or in-ground
An in-ground fire pit can be a cost-effective option and is easy to build. However, above-ground pits are more common. A current trend is to create the feel of a sunken living room with the fire pit area. The surrounding wall offers built-in seating and helps block the wind while reflecting back heat, creating a cozy, warm outdoor room.
It’s easy for an above-ground fire pit to become the focal point of your outdoor design. Be sure to place it in an area where it balances well with the other design elements in your yard. A gas fire pit can be installed almost anywhere, but if you are burning wood, your fire pit will need to be 10 – 25 feet away from any structures depending on local ordinances. Als,o consider wind patterns and any smoke issues that might arise.
Materials and Shape
Fire pits can be built out of many different materials. The most popular are brick, natural stone, and concrete blocks. Round or square fire pits are the most common, but of course, the design options are limitless. Fire pit liners are generally recommended and are often required by local municipalities. Steel liners add to the safety of the fire pit and help reflect heat upward and outward.